Magic Hand Sixers 14th Straight Loss
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Tobias Harris scored a career-high 31 points and the Orlando Magic beat the 76ers for the second time in less than a week, winning 92-81 Sunday night to extend Philadelphia’s losing streak to 14 games.
Nikola Vucevic had 18 points and 17 rebounds for Orlando, which outscored Philadelphia 26-12 in the fourth quarter to earn the win.
The 76ers’ skid is their longest since 1994, when they lost 15 straight, and includes a loss last Monday to the Milwaukee Bucks, the NBA’s worst team. The 76ers have the NBA’s second-worst record, while the Magic have the third-worst.
Thaddeus Young had 29 points for Philadelphia and Michael Carter-Williams added 17 points and 11 rebounds.
Magic guards Jameer Nelson and Arron Afflalo were out with injuries.
Both Orlando and Philadelphia have been clear that they are in rebuilding phases, and the 76ers traded two of their best players — center Spencer Hawes and guard-forward Evan Turner – on Feb. 20.
Philadelphia coach Brett Brown has attributed the 76ers’ new-look lineup to their recent woes, pointing to it as a reason behind his squad’s turnover problems against Orlando.
“We had 19 turnovers and six came from our point guards,” Brown said. “A lot of that happened when we had three of five guys on the court who have only been with each other four days. Our offense hurt us more than our defense.
“We were throwing the ball away or not knowing who to turn to. We poked ourselves in the eye with our turnovers. But give Orlando credit for raising the intensity in the fourth quarter and bothering us.”
Both teams played road games the night before, which might have contributed to the sloppy play.
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