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Nelson, Vucevic lead Magic past 76ers 101-90

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 26, 2014 at 9:38 pm •  Published: February 26, 2014
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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A strong team defensive effort in the second half and Jameer Nelson's fourth-quarter offense helped the Orlando Magic snap a 16-game road losing streak. Playing the Philadelphia 76ers didn't hurt, either.

Nelson scored 12 of his 16 points in the final quarter and Nik Vucevic had 21 points and 13 rebounds to lead Orlando to a 101-90 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night.

Nelson added 12 assists for the Magic, who last won on the road at Chicago on Dec. 16. Victor Oladipo added 17 points, and Maurice Harkless and Tobias Harris scored 13 apiece.

"We did some really good things in the fourth quarter," Magic coach Jacque Vaughn said. "We were smarter in the second half and smarter in the fourth quarter by making them take shots and make plays over us."

Thaddeus Young had 19 points for the Sixers, who lost their 12th straight overall and 11th in a row at home. Tony Wroten scored 15 points, Eric Maynor 13 and Henry Sims 10 for Philadelphia, which bought out the contract of Danny Granger earlier Wednesday.

The 76ers finished 0-11 in February. Philadelphia has stockpiled draft picks and cleared room under its salary cap, making the future its priority.

"There's a competitive side that it stinks and we want to win, that's the bottom line," Sixers coach Brett Brown said. "But it doesn't cripple anything that we're doing in regard to how we wake up and do the next day. It hasn't been debilitating. We move on."

Philadelphia did manage to keep the margin closer against Orlando. The Sixers entered having given up an average of 117.4 points during the losing streak, and they had been beaten by an average of 20.3 points before Wednesday.

The Sixers actually led by four, 44-40, at halftime thanks in large part to 20 fast-break points. Philadelphia had just five fast-break points after halftime, something the Magic emphasized at the break.

"You felt disgusted, the way we were playing, the way we weren't getting back on defense," Nelson said. "It's one of the things you have to learn as a team. You have to do everything right. We have times in the game where we don't play or hard or don't get back on defense, the things we can control. As long as we take care of the things we can control, we put ourselves in a situation to win on the road."

The teams began the fourth quarter tied at 67, but the Magic used an 18-8 run over the first 3:52 of the final quarter to take their largest lead to that point, 85-75, with 8:08 remaining. Nelson scored 10 of Orlando's points during the spurt, including a pair of 3-pointers. Orlando's lead grew to as many as 13 points and the Sixers never recovered.

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