In their first action of the Orlando Pro Summer League, the Magic took on the Philadelphia 76ers in a game that was highly anticipated for the debuts of Aaron Gordon, Elfrid Payton and Nerlens Noel. When the horn sounded for the final time, the Magic had walked away with the 83-77, securing six points in the tournament style play.
After falling behind at the end of the first quarter, the Magic used strong play on both ends to win both the second and third quarters, securing two of a possible four points. By virtue of winning the first and fourth quarters, Philadelphia took the other two points. Orlando secured four more points by winning the game, giving them six points for the event, placing them in a tie for first with the Boston Celtics and Brooklyn Nets.
While the return of Noel was joyful for the Sixers, they suffered an equally as painful loss. High scoring point guard Pierre Jackson, whom the team acquired in a draft night trade, went down with a torn right achilles. It’s an absolutely devastating blow to Jackson, who could’ve made their roster as back up point guard.
Orlando was led by second year guard Victor Oladipo who looked calm and extremely poised while on court. Oladipo was asked to handle the ball for portions of the game, and did so well, appearing very comfortable in the pick-and-roll game, as well as his shooting. Oladipo finished the afternoon with 18 points, six rebounds and three assists.
Behind Oladipo was second round pick Devyn Marble, who’s shooting stroke looked locked in all afternoon. Marble finished with 13 points, on 5-of-7 shooting, including 2-of-3 from three-point range. Big man Kadeem Batts was right on Marble’s tail, finishing with 11 points. Last years second round selection, Romero Osby, returned to the Magic’s Summer League team to scoring 10 points, while looking locked in and active on both ends of the floor.
Noel led the way for the Sixers, finishing with a game high 19 points. Noel, playing in his first game since January of 2013, was very active, running up and down the floor with ease and using his great athleticism to his advantage. While Noel wasn’t a factor on the boards, his activity level on the offensive end should be a welcome sight to the Sixers organization and it’s fans. Joining Noel in double figures was guard Casper Wells, and forward Ronald Roberts Jr., finishing with 16 and 12 points respectively.
Philadelphia will play their second of five games on Sunday when they take on the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Magic on the other hand will have Sunday off before taking on the Houston Rockets on Monday.