PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Paolo Banchero had 29 points and 10 rebounds as the Orlando Magic recovered from a 21-point first quarter deficit in a 119-109 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday night.
Moe Wagner scored 22 points while his brother Franz Wagner scored 19 points on the Magic, ending a three-game skid and ending the Sixers’ seven-game winning streak.
Joel Embiid tallied 30 points and 11 rebounds for Philadelphia, marking his 27th game of the season with 30 or more points and his ninth of the last 10 games.
The Magic made a careful recovery from the early holes to cut the Sixers’ lead to 10 points at halftime. Orlando took the lead for the first time on his 3-pointer off Gary Harris in the 3rd quarter.
The Magic took the lead to play with 7:03 when Mo Wagner made a reverse layup, was fouled, and converted a free throw. Wagner converted another 3-point play when he was fouled by Embiid on a driving layup 19 seconds later.
Sixers head coach Doc Rivers disputed the foul call on Embiid, but insisted Embiid established a defensive position.
Cole Anthony hit a 3-pointer to complete Orlando’s 9-0 run, but the Sixers fell short of the remaining six points.
For the Sixers, Tobias Harris and James Harden each scored 17 points.
Magic: Almost four years after the Sixers traded him to Orlando, Markelle Fultz played his first game in Philadelphia as a visitor. Although he faced the Sixers in a road game in 2020 when Florida’s pandemic bubble hit, the former No. 1 overall draft pick had been injured every time the Magic played in Philly since the trade. assist.
76ers: Philadelphia have been the NBA’s hottest team for nearly two months, but they benefited from playing the league’s third-easiest schedule going into Monday night’s game. The Sixers have his second-tightest schedule for the rest of the year, and in March he will play 17 games, including 11.
The team will play again in Philadelphia on Wednesday night.
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