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Beede’s Breakdown: How Magic’s mistakes cost them in home loss vs. 76ers

The Magic turned the ball over 16 times and trailed by as many as 22 points against the 76ers on Friday night at Kia Center.

Center Joel Embiid (36 points) and guard Tyrese Maxey (32) proved to be too much offensively for Orlando in Philadelphia’s 124-109 road win.

The 76ers recorded 11 steals and took advantage of Orlando’s mistakes by totaling 21 points off the Magic’s turnovers.

Coach Jamahl Mosley‘s squad returns to Kia Center for the first night of a back-to-back on Sunday against the Heat (Bally Sports Florida, 6). The Magic host the Cavaliers on Monday (7).

Starting 5

Mosley stuck with the same first group on the floor — guards Jalen Suggs and Caleb Houstan along with forwards Paolo Banchero and Chuma Okeke plus center Goga Bitadze — as he did on Orlando’s recent four-game trip.

Suggs (16 points) led the starters in scoring thanks to a pair of triples while finishing 4 of 4 from the free throw line. Still, he was far from efficient on 5-of-13 shooting from the field.

Banchero found himself, as he often does on a nightly basis, at the center of attention of Philadelphia’s defense.

Although he scored fewer than 15 points (14) for the first time since Dec. 20 (a 15-game stretch), the second-year forward found ways to impact the game as a playmaker with 8 rebounds, 6 assists and a block.

Bitadze did not defend well against Embiid, picked up 4 fouls and attempted just two shots. That led to just 16 minutes of action for the Orlando center.

Neither he nor Okeke saw time on the floor in the fourth quarter. Okeke hit his lone attempted 3-pointer in the opening quarter, where he scored all 8 of his points.

Houstan, who’s gone 2-of-17 from 3-point range in the last three games, did not score against the 76ers and grabbed 2 rebounds in just 15 minutes.

Forward Franz Wagner (right ankle sprained) and guard Gary Harris (right calf strain) both missed their eighth straight game.

Second Unit

Mosley relied on a 10-man rotation for the majority of the first half as guard Cole Anthony, center Wendell Carter Jr., forward Joe Ingles, guard Markelle Fultz and forward Jonathan Isaac came off the bench.

Big man Moe Wagner, the 11th Magic player to see the court before the break, entered in 8.6 seconds left in the second quarter. Rookie guard Anthony Black eventually saw time as well in the second half.

Carter provided a boost off the bench with 25 points, 22 of which were scored in the paint or at the free throw line. Although he picked 4 fouls in the first three quarters, Carter recorded his second double-double of the season with 11 rebounds to complement his scoring.

Fultz initiated the offense for the second unit at times and dished out 3 assists with 7 points in 22 minutes.

Isaac (7 points) was effective on both ends in his limited 13 minutes. In the first half, he grabbed an offensive board and slammed it back in the hoop against Embiid.

The Orlando big man, who added 3 rebounds and a block, nailed a corner 3 in the first quarter but missed two other long-range shots in the second half.

Ingles notched 9 points on 3-of-3 shooting in the first half but didn’t attempt another triple the rest of the game.

Moe Wagner, who didn’t play the last two games as a healthy scratch, checked in with 8.6 seconds left in the first half after Carter earned his fourth foul. Wagner totaled 4 points in 6 minutes with 2 assists.

Rookie Watch

Black checked into game with 41.3 seconds left in the third quarter and started the fourth, where he played all of the final frame.

The 6-7 guard sank his first 3-pointer of the night early in the fourth and later hit a pair of free throws before finishing with 7 points.

Jett Howard, who was recalled from Orlando’s G League affiliate Osceola on Friday morning, entered the game with the result already decided and played the final 3 minutes. He finished with 5 points.

Email Jason Beede at jbeede@orlandosentinel.com or follow him on X, known as Twitter, at @therealBeede.