On Monday night, Paolo Banchero’s 29 points and 10 rebounds helped the Orlando Magic come back from a 21-point first-quarter deficit to overcome the Philadelphia 76ers 119-109. As the Magic ended a three-game losing skid and the Sixers’ seven-game winning streak, Mo Wagner scored 22 points and his younger brother Franz Wagner added 19. With their most recent win against a top-tier NBA club, the Magic increased their record from 6-20 to 15-11 since that time.
According to Magic coach Jamahl Mosley, “They’re learning from their errors.” They recognise that starting on defence is the only way to recover and regain confidence in one another. Boston, Golden State, Dallas, Phoenix, and now Philadelphia are the teams that Orlando has defeated the most times out of all its opponents.
Banchero said, “We have an excellent workforce.” “Simply expressed, we must develop the ability to exert this effort nightly. No matter who our opponent is, we must be able to maintain this performance in the next and subsequent games.” Joel Embiid had 30 points and 11 rebounds for Philadelphia, his ninth time in the last 10 games to score at least 30 points. This was his 27th game of the season with at least 30 points.
He did, though, lead the Sixers in turnovers with six, was flagged for a foul in the fourth quarter, and seemed agitated by Orlando’s aggressive defence. The Magic kept Philadelphia to just 19 points in the fourth quarter while forcing 19 turnovers. The 21-point deficit Orlando overcame was the biggest it has overcome all season and the sixth-highest in franchise history.
After falling down early, the Magic slowly started to come back, reducing the Sixers’ lead to 10 points at the half. Gary Harris’ 3-pointer gave Orlando their first lead in the third round. To put it simply, Banchero added, “We wanted to challenge them and elevate the stakes.”
“They had too many easy baskets because we weren’t doing it in the first half. We did a good job of pushing Embiid and making it difficult for him because you can’t stop him.”
Mo Wagner made a reverse layup, drew a foul, and made the free throw to give the Magic the lead permanently with 7:03 left. When Embiid fouled Wagner on a driving layup 19 seconds later, Wagner converted a second three-point play.
Asserting that his star had taken up defensive position, Sixers coach Doc Rivers unsuccessfully challenged Embiid’s foul call. The rest of the way, the Sixers were never closer than six points as Cole Anthony’s 3-pointer capped a 9-0 Orlando run.
In Rivers’ opinion, we didn’t play too quickly. “They influenced us with their aggression and pressure. Our team dropped the ball. To try to get fouls, we were flopping. Our attempts to turn it back on were unsuccessful.”
Tobias Harris and James Harden led the Sixers with 17 points each (17 points).
TIP-INS Almost four years after the Sixers dealt Markelle Fultz to Orlando, he played his first game as a guest in Philadelphia. The former No. 1 overall draught pick has been injured since the transaction every time the Magic have played in Philadelphia, although he did take the court against the Sixers on the road in Florida in 2020, during the epidemic bubble.
Fultz referred to the experience as “amazing” and finished with 12 points and 10 assists. New Orleans Pelicans: Despite playing the third-easiest schedule in the league before to Monday night’s game, the 76ers had been the NBA’s hottest team for more than two months. With 17 games left in March, including 11 on the road, the Sixers’ schedule is the second most challenging.