Magic get their mar­quee vic­tory

Or­lando used a sec­ond-half surge to fight off Philadel­phia, 98-97.

Orlando Sentinel - - FRONT PAGE - By Chris Hays

This might have been the mar­quee vic­tory the Or­lando Magic have been seek­ing.

De­spite two con­sec­u­tive late 3-point­ers from Philadel­phia’s Joel Em­biid, the Magic — in need of a jump-start to kick them­selves into gear af­ter a lethar­gic first 30 games — used a sec­ond-half surge to fight off the fourth-place Philadel­phia 76ers and post a huge 98-97 vic­tory at Amway Cen­ter on Friday night.

Em­biid’s des­per­a­tion 3-pointer at the buzzer put a brief scare into the Magic fans, but their team did just enough to send them home happy.

The Magic frus­trated Em­biid for most of the night. The Philadel­phia all-star cen­ter scored 24 points af­ter be­ing held score­less in the sec­ond quar­ter and nearly the en­tire de­ci­sive fourth quar­ter, with the ex­cep­tion of his two late 3-point­ers.

The Magic didn’t help them­selves late, miss­ing four free throws, in­clud­ing two by for­mer 76ers point guard Markelle Fultz with 22 sec­onds left, but they still man­aged to hold onto the win.

Or­lando got a solid ef­fort from sev­eral play­ers. Evan Fournier fin­ished with 20 points while Aaron Gor­don had 19, Ter­rence Ross had 17, Nikola Vuce­vic had 16 and Fultz added 13. Vuce­vic and Gor­don posted dou­ble-dou­bles with 12 and 11 re


76ers cen­ter Joel Em­biid (21) shoots un­der pres­sure from Magic for­ward Aaron Gor­don (00) and cen­ter Nikola Vuce­vic (9) Friday at Amway Cen­ter. The Magic held on for a win.

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