Magic end road skid at 10, rout 76ers

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 26, 2013 at 9:26 pm •  Published: February 26, 2013
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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Players were high-fiving and telling jokes in the giddy postgame locker room.

It was a rare and pleasant atmosphere for the Orlando Magic, especially on the road.

Arron Afflalo and Tobias Harris scored 16 points apiece and the Magic snapped a 10-game road losing streak with a 98-84 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday.

"It feels great," said forward Maurice Harkless. "Guys feel good about themselves and it shows what hard work can do. There are a lot of smiles around here for a change on the road."

Andrew Nicholson contributed 13 and Nikola Vucevic had 12 points and 19 rebounds for the Magic (16-41), who hadn't won on the road since Jan. 12 against the Los Angeles Clippers.

E'Twaun Moore had 12 points and a career-high 10 assists, while Harkless had 10 points for the Magic.

The Magic won for just the seventh time all season on the road while also snapping a five-game skid overall.

"I like that we were poised," said Orlando coach Jacque Vaughn. "We didn't crumble."

Damien Wilkins scored a season-high 14 points and Jeremy Pargo also had 14 for the 76ers. Dorell Wright had 11 and Evan Turner 10 for Philadelphia, which fell a season-worst 11 games under .500 at 22-33.

"I sure didn't see this effort coming," Sixers coach Doug Collins said. "It's kind of mind-numbing to me."

The Sixers lost their sixth straight game, their longest streak in nearly three years.

"I sure hope it can't get any worse than this," Collins said.

This latest defeat came against the Magic, who started two rookies and featured five rookies and three second-year players on their roster.

Orlando also entered this game having lost 28 of its last 31.

"I'm not going to sit here and drop my head," Turner said. "I don't think the leaders on this team will, either."

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