Magic beat 76ers in overtime
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Magic beat 76ers in overtime
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Nikola Vucevic scored 26 points and grabbed 13 rebounds as the Orlando Magic beat the Philadelphia 76ers 112-109 in overtime Monday night at the Amway Center.
The Magic (26-45) won a second consecutive game for just the first time since late December. The Sixers (26-44) had a two-game winning streak snapped.
Evan Fournier had 19 points, including five in overtime. Aaron Gordon scored 17 points, Terrance Ross added 15 points, and Elfrid Payton had 10 points and 13 assists.
Center Rashaun Holmes led the Sixers with 24 points and 14 rebounds, both career highs. Robert Coverington scored 24 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. Dario Saric scored 18 points before fouling out 3:52 remaining. Reserve Nik Stauskas had 20 points, and T.J. McConnell scored 16 points.
The Sixers, who started with just nine players in uniform, finished the game with six players after Saric, Holmes and Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot all fouled out.
Ross gave hit a jumper with 34 seconds remaining in overtime for a 106-104 Magic lead, then added a pair of free throws with 17 seconds left.
Stauskas hit a 3-pointer with 13 seconds remaining that pulled the Sixers within one point, but the Magic finished with two free throws from Fournier and two from Jodie Meeks.
Holmes had tied the game at 101 with a 3-pointer, and Covington tied it at 104 with another 3-pointer with 45 seconds remaining.
Both teams botched a chance to score at the end of regulation, sending it into overtime tied at 98.
Philadelphia's Justin Anderson hit one of two free throws with 20 seconds to go to tie the game at 98. The Magic had a turnover with five seconds left when Fournier's pass to Vucevic was intercepted. Anderson then lost the ball on a drive as time expired.
The Sixers led by as many as 17 points early in the third quarter, but Terrence Ross scored nine point in the period and the Magic cut the deficit 83-74.
Holmes, who was averaging just 8.8 points this season, had 17 points by intermission when the Sixers built a 56-41 lead. They made just two of 12 shots from 3-point range but still dominated the first two periods. The Magic missed all six 3-point attempts and committed 10 turnovers in the first half.
The Magic led 30-29 early in the second period before the Sixers made a 20-6 run that was sparked by Holmes and Saric, who had 13 points in the first half.
Vucevic had 14 points and Gordon 11 points in the first half. The Magic made only 16 of 42 shots in the first two periods.
Payton played only seven minutes in the first half after getting his third person foul midway in the first period.
NOTES: Magic veteran G Jodie Meeks returned to action Monday for the first time since dislocating his right thumb on Jan. 18. Meeks also missed the first 19 games of the season recovering from foot surgery in the summer. "I'm just happy to be playing again," Meeks said. "It's been an ugly season for me, but I'm happy to be healthy again.". . . . . . The Orlando Sentinel is reporting that Magic general manager Rob Hennigan "is likely to be fired after the season." Clippers coach Doc Rivers has distanced himself from having any interest in the front office job with the Magic, where he once coached. The names of former Magic players Grant Hill and Pat Garrity, working in the front offices of Atlanta and Detroit, respectively, are being mentioned as possible replacements for Hennigan. . . . . . . Sixers C Jahlil Okafor missed the game Monday with a sore right knee after he played just 12 minutes Sunday against Boston. . . . . Sixers rookie F Dario Saric scored in double figures Monday for his 20th consecutive game, the longest streak of 10 or more points by a rookie in the NBA this season. . . . . .Sixers F Justin Anderson didn't arrive in Orlando until 4:30 Monday afternoon, staying in Philadelphia until the last minute because of stomach problems.
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