The Sixers came in to their matchup with the Orlando Magic having won their last two games. While usually that would have a team riding high and full of confidence that is not the case. Philly’s wins have been anything but impressive and now they are without star Ben Simmons for a substantial amount time.
The first quarter was as evenly played as one could be. Neither team really took command in the game’s first 12 minutes. The bright spot for the Sixers was Tobias Harris. Harris helped himself to 7 points and 5 rebounds in the quarter. Philly was able to grab a slim lead and hold on to it to the end of the quarter. After one they led by a score of 25-22.
Alec Burks was the story for the rest of the first half for the Sixers. He hit a huge 4 point play to help his team keep pace, and led the team in scoring with 13 big points in the half. It wasn’t quite enough to overcome the Sixers turnover bug though. Philly turned it over 7 times in the half allowing a 7-0 run that saw them down at halftime 50-48
The two teams went tit for tat in the third with neither team really taking any advantage. Joel Embiid got going offensively though, scoring 12 points in the quarter, he also played solid defense and prevented Orlando from getting into a rhythm. After 3 quarters the Sixers trailed by two 79-77.
The Sixers defense showed up in a big way in the fourth quarter. The Magic were unable to get any thing going from the perimeter, and struggled to even get high percentage shots to fall. What started as 2 point deficit morphed in to a lead as big as 10 in almost an instant, thanks in large part to some timely shooting from Al Horford. An 11-3 run by the Sixers was capped off with emphatic reverse slam from Embiid. Philly would hold on defensively while simultaneously making their free throws and moved to 3-1 in the bubble.
Final Score Sixers: 108 Magic 101