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76ers 78, Magic 61

The SportsXchange

PHILADELPHIA - Spencer Hawes had 21 points and a season-high 14 rebounds Monday night, as the Philadelphia 76ers sent the short-handed Orlando Magic to its 10th straight loss, 78-61.

Nick Young added 15 points and Jrue Holiday contributed 13 points and 14 assists for the Sixers (21-26), who won their third straight. They limited Orlando to the fewest points by a Philadelphia opponent this year, on 33.8-percent shooting.

The Magic also went 1-for-12 from 3-point range, with the lone conversion, by Josh McRoberts, coming in the fourth quarter.

E'Twaun Moore paced the Magic (14-34) with 18 points, equaling his career high. Orlando, already without Aaron Afflalo (calf), Jameer Nelson (forearm), Glen Davis (foot) and Al Harrington (knee), also had guard J.J. Redick miss the game with a shoulder injury, meaning the Magic was without its top four scorers.

The Sixers lost forward Thaddeus Young for the game in the second quarter, with what the team described as a pulled left hamstring.

Philadelphia was leading just 44-41 early in the third quarter before going on a 14-1 run that included seven points by Hawes. That made it 58-42 with 2:11 left in the quarter.

The Sixers extended their lead to 68-48 early in the final period.

Lavoy Allen had 10 points for the Sixers.

Andrew Nicholson scored 11 points and Moe Harkless 10 for Orlando. Ex-Sixer Nik Vucevic had nine points and 14 rebounds.

Nick Young scored 10 points in the first half, as the Sixers assumed a 42-35 lead. Moore countered with 12 for Orlando.

NOTES: Sixers center Andrew Bynum, who has yet to play this season because of bone bruises to both knees, said before the game that he expects to return at some point later this month, but declined to give a target date. Bynum, who had previously said he hopes to be back by the All-Star break, is still feeling pain in his left knee. ... Vucevic, who spent his rookie year with the Sixers last season, began the night averaging 12.1 points and 11.3 rebounds. He was fourth in the league in rebounding, and earlier this season set an Orlando single-game record by grabbing 29 boards in a game. ... Sixers guard Jason Richardson missed his seventh straight game with a sore left knee, and Sixers coach Doug Collins said Richardson is "probably going to be out for a while." ... Actor Will Smith, one of the Sixers' part owners, was in attendance.
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