Nikola Vucevic scored 21 points, grabbed 13 rebounds, blocked three shots and dished out two assists to lead the Orlando Magic to a 101-90 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Wednesday night.
The Magic entered the game having lost 16 consecutive road contests while the 76ers had suffered 11 consecutive defeats, so something had to give.
The 76ers had an eight-point lead early in the second half, but an 11-0 Magic run erased that lead. The two teams entered the fourth quarter tied at 67, but the Magic scored 13 of the quarter’s first 19 points and never looked back.
Jameer Nelson, who finished with 16 points, 12 assists and six rebounds, scored 12 points in the fourth quarter.
Rookie guard Victor Oladipo outdueled his main competition for the Rookie of the Year Award, 76ers’ point guard Michael Carter Williams. Oladipo scored 17 points, grabbed 11 rebounds, dished out three assists, recorded two steals and had a huge block of a Thaddeus Young dunk attempt. Carter-Williams had eight points on three-of-13 shooting, six rebounds, four assists and three steals.
Tobias Harris and Maurice Harkless, who is starting for the Magic’s leading scorer, the injured Arron Afflalo, had 13 points apiece.
Young led the 76ers with 19 points.
The win improved the Magic to 18-42 while the 76ers fell to 15-43.