After defeating Atlanta the night before, the Magic pushed past the Sixers, winning 105-94, completing a sweep of their back-to-back. Nikola Vučević was the most impressive player on the floor Wednesday, putting up a team-high 21 points on 10-of-13 shooting while adding 16 rebounds against his former team.
The over-arching theme of Wednesday’s game was the struggle of Philadelphia’s big man tandem of Daniel Orton and Lavoy Allen to guard or stop anyone on Orlando frontcourt. Glen Davis scored 19 points including a couple shot-clock buzzer-beater prayers. Andrew Nicholson put up an efficient 11 points in just 16 minutes of play and he did it in a lot of ways: three, pull-up, and post-up. The Magic big men hit their jump shots early against the Sixers’ porous defense, helping the guards get through their shooting woes early in the game.
Thaddeus Young came off the bench and carried the Sixers – especially in the second half – with 26 points on the night. Sixers rookie Michael Carter-Williams had another yet impressive night. He provided the scoring early for Philadelpia and ended up scoring 23 on the night. Evan Turner also had himself a nice game — 17 points, 11 rebounds, 8 assists.
Despite going against one of the worst three point defenses in the league, the Magic shooters struggled for most of the night. Arron Afflalo never got into the groove in the first half (3 points), but as the game progressed and Philadelphia focused on stopping Orlando’s bigs, Afflalo found room to penetrate and helped put away the game in the fourth, scoring 18 points on the night.
Victor Oladipo had himself a nice night, scoring a very efficient 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting and five steals. Jameer Nelson left the game early in the first half with a sprained foot meaning that Oladipo had to log some serious minutes playing the point. He didn’t exact dazzle anyone with his eight turnovers on the night.
The Magic will next play on Friday against the San Antonio Spurs at 7:30 PM in the Amway Center.