Magic come back to keep 76ers win­less

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS - By Jack McCaf­fery jm­c­caf­fery @21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @Jack­McCaf­fery on Twit­ter

PHILADEL­PHIA » Serge Ibaka sank two free throws with 1.4 sec­onds to snap a tie game and send the Or­lando Magic to a 103-101 vic­tory over the Philadel­phia 76ers on Tues­day night.

The Magic ral­lied from an 18-point deficit to win for the first time in four games this sea­son.

Six­ers cen­ter Joel Em­biid lost his drib­ble at the top of the key and Or­lando snagged the ball with 5.7 sec­onds left. Six­ers guard T.J. McCon­nell was whis­tled for a fla­grant foul on Ibaka’s layup at­tempt. Ibaka made both and the Magic re­tained pos­ses­sion and kept the Six­ers win­less.

Em­biid had two costly turnovers in the fi­nal minute for the Six­ers.

Ibaka scored 21 points and Nik Vuce­vic had 24 points and 14 re­bounds.

Perime­ter scor­ing the goal of Ilyasova deal

The 76ers were two games into an al­ready fa­mil­iar sea­son when they ac­quired 6-10 for­ward Er­san Ilyasova from Ok­la­homa City Tues­day. His strength? “The first thing that should come to all of our minds is that he can shoot,” Brett Brown said, stop­ping right there. A sec­ond or two later, he said, “I’m pur­posely paus­ing.”

The Six­ers sent for­ward Jerami Grant to the Thun­der for Ilyasova and a pro­tected first-round draft choice that even­tu­ally may be re­duced to two sec­on­dround picks. Ilyasova was not in uni­form when the Six­ers hosted the Or­lando Magic Tues­day, and may not be with the team Wed­nes­day night in Char­lotte. As per the play­ers’ as­so­ci­a­tion agree­ment, he will be with the Six­ers be­fore they host the Cleve­land Cava­liers Satur­day.

The coach-to-English trans­la­tion of Brown’s scout­ing re­port was not im­me­di­ately clear. But af­ter hav­ing lost 201 games in his first three-plus sea­sons as the Six­ers’ coach, it was as­sumed that he wel­comed a player with the abil­ity to, as in­sid­ers say, put the ball in the bas­ket.

Though never a threat for a scor­ing ti­tle, the ninth-sea­son NBA pro has shot .370 from three­p­oint range. In 2011-2002 (.460) and 2012-2013 (.450), while play­ing for Mil­wau­kee, Ilyasova finished among the top five in NBA three-point shoot­ing per­cent­age.

He has played in 530 games, av­er­ag­ing 11 points and six re­bounds. In seven of his last eight sea­sons, he has shot 40 per­cent or bet­ter.

Philadel­phia 76ers’ Dario Saric, left, and Ser­gio Ro­driguez, right, try to block Or­lando Magic for­ward Jeff Green (34) in the sec­ond half on an NBA bas­ket­ball game, Tues­day,

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