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Magic 98, 76ers 84

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PHILADELPHIA -- Arron Afflalo and Tobias Harris scored 16 points apiece Tuesday night, and the Orlando Magic snapped a five-game losing streak with a 98-84 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers.

Andrew Nicholson added 13 for the Magic (16-41), which had dropped 17 of its previous 18 and is just 4-28 since opening the season 12-13. Ex-Sixer Nikola Vucevic finished with 12 points and 19 rebounds.

Orlando, which shot 53.9 percent from the floor, placed six players in double figures to win for just the seventh time in 28 road games this season.

E'Twaun Moore had 12 points and 10 assists, and Moe Harkless had 10 points for the Magic.

Reserve guards Damien Wilkins and Jeremy Pargo scored 14 points each to pace the Sixers (22-33), who dropped their sixth straight. Wilkin's total was a season high.

Dorell Wright had 11 points and Evan Turner 10 for the Sixers, who shot 39.5 percent. All-Star point guard Jrue Holiday contributed nine points and 10 assists.

Philadelphia moved to a 29-20 second-quarter lead, but Orlando outscored the Sixers 25-9 over the next 7:14 to take a 45-38 lead late in the half. Nicholson notched nine of his 11 first-half points in that flurry, and Afflalo added eight of his 10.

The Magic extended its 47-42 halftime lead to 61-44 early in the third quarter on two free throws by Harkless. The Sixers mounted a brief challenge later in the period, cutting the deficit to five, but Orlando answered with a 19-3 run that included seven of Al Harrington's nine points.

That gave Orlando an 85-64 lead with 7:41 left in the game.

NOTES: Magic point guard Jameer Nelson, a native of nearby Chester, Pa., and product of Saint Joseph's University, missed his third straight game with a knee injury. ... Magic forward Hedo Turkoglu served the sixth game of an NBA-imposed suspension. The penalty was for testing positive for an anabolic steroid. ... Sixers coach Doug Collins dismissed a report from CSN Bay Area's Ric Bucher saying that Collins is "consumed ... with tracking the boxscores and performances of Moe Harkless," a rookie forward sent to Orlando as part of the offseason trade in which the Sixers acquired Andrew Bynum. "I pay attention to all of the players in my life," Collins said. "They're important to me." ... Bynum, who has yet to play this season because of bone bruises to both knees, had been expected to provide an update before the game, but he was not available.
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