76ers 126, Magic 125, 2OT

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PHILADELPHIA - Philadelphia 76ers point guard Michael Carter-Williams, named Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month earlier in the day, fashioned a triple-double and had a hand in seven of the eight points his team scored in the second overtime Tuesday night as Philadelphia outlasted the Orlando Magic 126-125 to snap a four-game losing streak.
Carter-Williams, honored by the NBA for the period covering October and November, had 27 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists, the second triple-double of his brief career. He also had one on opening night against Miami.
Guard/forward Evan Turner scored 24 points for the Sixers (7-12), who had dropped their three previous meetings to Orlando and 21 of the prior 25. Forward Thaddeus Young finished with 25 points and 12 rebounds.
Guard/forward Arron Afflalo scored a career-high 43 points for the Magic (6-12), who have dropped three in a row. Forward Glen Davis had 33, also a career high, including the 3-pointer that tied the game with 18.4 seconds left in regulation.
Guard Victor Oladipo, like Carter-Williams a rookie, fashioned a triple-double himself, finishing with 26 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds.
The Magic was without center Nikola Vucevic (ankle sprain) and point guard Jameer Nelson (foot sprain).
Carter-Williams' free throw 41 seconds into the second extra period snapped a 118-118 tie and gave the Sixers the lead for good. He also assisted on a basket by guard/forward James Anderson, dropped in a left-handed layup and set up Young for a layup with 1:01 to play.
Anderson, who finished with 19 points, also had a free throw with 1.2 seconds left, giving the Sixers a 126-122 lead. Afflalo sank the last of his five 3-pointers at the buzzer.
The Magic had tied it at the end of the first overtime on a four-point possession. With Orlando down 118-114 and 23.9 seconds left, Oladipo made the first of two foul shots, then missed the second, with the rebound going out of bounds off the Sixers. After a timeout, Turner fouled Afflalo shooting a 3-pointer from the left wing. Afflalo made all three free throws with 12.1 seconds left to tie it once again.
Philadelphia led 91-83 with 6:47 left in regulation, but Orlando went on a 15-5 run to take a 98-96 lead with 2:46 to play. Afflalo had five points in that stretch, including the go-ahead jumper. Oladipo and Davis chipped in four apiece.
The Sixers surged back ahead as Turner and Carter-Williams combined for six straight points, but Afflalo drilled a 3-pointer with 48.9 seconds left, and Davis answered Young's basket with a 3-pointer of his own to knot it at 104-104.
Afflalo notched six of his 18 first-half points in a 16-7 Orlando run bridging the first and second quarters, as the Magic built a 43-34 lead. But Philadelphia, after allowing Orlando to shoot 71 percent in the early going, began digging in on defense (which created running opportunities) and attacking the offensive glass. That allowed the Sixers to move into a 58-57 halftime lead.
Carter-Williams generated 11 points and Turner had 10 in the half, which saw the Sixers build a 12-5 advantage in second-chance points and a 14-9 edge in fast-break points.
Orlando moved back in front early in the third quarter, the last time at 70-69, before Sixers center Spencer Hawes triggered a 14-2 flurry with a tip-in. Young and Carter-Williams each contributed 3-pointers to the run, which left the Sixers with an 83-72 lead.
But by quarter's end, the Magic crept within five, at 85-80, as Oladipo crammed six points into the final 3:41, the last two on a buzzer-beating layup after a Sixers turnover. He scored 10 in the period altogether.
NOTES: Philadelphia G Michael Carter-Williams is the first Sixer to be named Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month since Allen Iverson in April 1997. Carter-Williams has scored 238 points in his first 14 games, the most by a Sixers rookie since Iverson scored 323 over his first 14 in '96-97. ... Orlando coach Jacque Vaughn said the Magic are being cautious with C Nikola Vucevic in the hope that he can return at some point during the four games that remain on the team's road trip. Vucevic rolled his left ankle when he stepped on the foot of a courtside photographer during Monday's loss in Washington, and said Tuesday that photographers' proximity to the action is "a little bit" dangerous, for players and those shooting the games. "A lot of times when you go for a layup at full speed," Vucevic said, "you're going to end up behind the basket and then when you try to go back you can step on somebody's foot or just fall on them. ... I think maybe there's a way to make it a little safer." Sixers coach Brett Brown agreed, saying, "We need to look at it. ... It is dangerous. We appreciate all the support and attention the league needs. We're not cutting off our nose to spite our face, but I think it's something that we might have to look at." ... Orlando was also without F Tobias Harris (sore left ankle).

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