Magic 105, 76ers 94

Tim Povtak, The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Center Nikola Vucevic had 21 points, 16 rebounds and three blocked shots to lead the Orlando Magic to a 105-94 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night at Amway Center.
The Magic never trailed after the first quarter, using a well-balanced attack that included forward Glen Davis with 19 points and guards Victor Oladipo and Arron Afflalo with 18.
Vucevic, who came to the Magic in a three-team trade from Philadelphia before last season, hit 10 of 13 shots. The Magic shot 52.4 percent (43 of 82) from the field.
The Sixers, who are allowing a league-worst 109.2 points per game, were led by reserve forward Thaddeus Young, who had 26 points in just 29 minutes. Rookie guard Michael Carter-Williams had 23 points.
The Sixers (6-10) have not won a road game since their first, on Nov. 1, and have now lost six of their last seven games.
The Magic struggled from long range, making only 4 of 19 shots from 3-point range. The Sixers hit 7 of 22.
The Magic lost starting point guard Jameer Nelson in the second quarter with a sprained left foot.
The Magic took a 77-73 lead going into the fourth period. Forward Andrew Nicholson scored six consecutive points for the Magic early in the fourth, but Young responded with a pair of baskets to keep the Sixers close.
The Magic led 55-50 at halftime, getting 17 points and 10 rebounds from Vucevic, who made all eight of his shots. Forward Glen Davis had 11 points in the second quarter, helping the Magic build their 15-point lead.
The Sixers got 13 points in the first half from Carter-Williams and 11 from Evan Turner. The Magic scored 33 points in the first quarter, but only 22 in the second when they committed seven turnovers.
NOTES: Much of the game was played with just two officials after Tre Maddox left midway through the first quarter with a leg injury. ... Sixers C Spencer Hawes missed his second consecutive game due to left knee soreness. Philadelphia started C Daniel Orton, who spent two seasons in Orlando after the Magic made him a first-round selection in 2010. ... The game included a matchup of the two top-scoring rookies in the league, 76ers G Michael Carter-Williams (17.3 ppg) and Magic G Victor Oladipo (12.7 ppg). Carter-Williams (Syracuse) was the 11th pick, and Oladipo (Indiana) was the second selection. While Carter-Williams played point guard in college, Oladipo was a shooting guard and is struggling with turnovers trying to adapt to the point guard role.. ... Vaughn played for, and coached alongside, 76ers coach Brett Brown when they were both in San Antonio. "I'm not surprised (Vaughn) became a head coach," said Brown, 52, in his first NBA head-coaching job. "You could see he had great leadership skills. The speed of it (happening) may have caught people off guard."

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