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ORLANDO -- Jameer Nelson had 24 points and 10 assists to lead the Orlando Magic to a 99-91 victory over the road-weary Philadelphia 76ers.

The victory snapped the Magic's seven-game, home-court losing streak, but it also extended the Sixers' road losing streak to 13 games, their longest in 24 years.

Thaddeus Young led all players with 26 points and 12 rebounds. He was coming off a 25-point night in Miami Friday.

Nelson, who missed the previous two games against his hometown Sixers, badly outplayed Sixers point guard Jrue Holiday, who managed just eight points and eight assists. Nelson also made five of his nine 3-point attempts.

The Magic (18-46) had not won a home game in a month, losing those seven by an average of 22 points. They return to action Tuesday at home against the Lakers and a much-anticipated matchup with former center Dwight Howard.

The Sixers have not won a road game since Jan. 1 in Los Angeles against the Lakers.

Magic center Nikola Vucevic had 14 points and a game-high 17 rebounds. Arron Afflalo had 17 points, including two late baskets that iced the victory for Orlando. Tobias Harris, getting just his second Magic start, had 15 points.

The Magic led 73-72 going into the fourth period, and the lead changed hands, or was tied, nine times in the final 12 minutes.

The Magic led 56-51 at intermission, riding the fast start of Vucevic, who had 12 points and seven rebounds by halftime. The Sixers led by as many as 10 points in the first quarter, but they couldn't sustain the effort.

Both teams shot well early, and neither played much defense. In the first half, the Magic shot 54 percent from the field and the Sixers 51 percent. Holiday struggled early, which contributed to Philadelphia's first-half troubles.

NOTES: The Magic and Sixers had one thing very much in common, one reason both are near the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings. They can't get to the free throw line. The Magic are last in the NBA and the Sixers are next to last in free throws attempted, averaging just 16.1 and 16.7 attempts, respectively, coming into the game. Only three other teams in the league are below a 20-attempt average. The first half Sunday was more of the same with two teams combining for only six free throws. ... The Sixers traded second-year center Nikola Vucevic to the Magic this summer, but coach Doug Collins has remained a fan of his. "If he stays healthy, he's going to put up double-doubles in this league for a long time," Collins said before the game. "If you charted him in college, every year he got better. I think he's going to do the same thing as an NBA player." ... All the losing has taken a toll on the Magic box office. Interest in the Magic locally has dipped so much that tickets are being sold on game day for as low as $4 a seat. ... Magic forward Glen Davis, who hasn't played since Jan. 30 because of a fractured left foot, has put himself on a vegan diet in hopes of keeping down his weight, which has been a problem since he came into the league. A vegan diet includes no consumption of any animal products. "The lighter the better," Davis said.
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