Magic 113, 76ers 100

Bill Fay, The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Ryan Anderson scored 26 points and grabbed 15 rebounds to help the Orlando Magic beat the Philadelphia 76ers 113-100 on Monday.
J.J. Redick had 18 points and Jason Richardson 17, and Jameer Nelson 16 and 13 assists for the Magic, who had six players in double figures.
Jrue Holiday led the Sixers with 18 points and eight assists. Andre Iguodala, Thaddeus Young and Lou Williams scored 15 apiece.
The Sixers are now 0-9 this season when giving up more than 100 points.
The Magic torched the Sixers for 11 3-pointers, with Anderson, Redick, Richardson and Quentin Richardson each hitting two.
The Magic started the second half with a 61-55 lead, thanks largely to shooting 69 percent in the second quarter, including 5-of-6 from 3-point territory.
Both teams showed up hot after halftime. Philadelphia shot 55 percent (11 of 20) in the third period and needed all of it to stay in the game as the Magic knocked down 56 percent (13 of 23) and built a lead as big as 74-59.
Anderson surprised the Sixers with four layups, including two follow shots, and threw in a 3-pointer for 11 points and six rebounds in the quarter. Redick and Nelson also had 3 pointers as the Magic played free and loose at the offensive end.
Philadelphia stayed close thanks to the 3-point shooting of Holiday and the inside work of Young. Holiday hit back-to-back treys and Young got eight points around the basket with no shot blocker around to stop him, because Dwight Howard is sidelined with a back injury.
Holiday hit 5 of 7 shots, including a pair of 3-pointers, to help Philadelphia jump out to a 27-21 lead after one quarter. The Sixers shot 52.4 percent in the period, all but one of their 10 makes coming from the perimeter.
The Magic hit only 9 of 25 shots, but stayed in the game by grabbing six offensive rebounds. Anderson had two stickbacks while scoring eight points in the period.
The Magic went back to their preferred style of attack -- launching 3-pointers whenever possible -- and quickly shot ahead in the second period. Orlando started the quarter hitting five straight treys to spark a 35-20 run.
That spurt included back-to-back treys from Richardson early in the period and two more in a row from Anderson. Sixers coach Doug Collins called two timeouts to remind his team that the long ball was Orlando's bread-and-butter, even without Howard in the lineup.
However, a traditional three-point play from Richardson, who had 12 points in the half, helped Orlando to its biggest lead of the half, 56-47, with 2:45 left in the half.
The Sixers settled down defensively and got a lift from reserves Williams and Spencer Hawes to close the deficit to 61-55 by halftime. Williams, like Holiday in the first quarter, had an easy time going around Nelson and scored eight points. Hawes took advantage of Magic backup center Daniel Orton's inexperience to score eight points around the basket.
Notes: The Sixers are home to Indiana on Tuesday and at Cleveland Wednesday to complete a back-to-back-to-back run . ... Magic center Daniel Orton, who has played only 74 minutes all season, made his first NBA start Monday night. He had six points and six rebounds in 23 minutes. ... The Magic, who shot 11 of 18 on 3-pointers, lead the NBA in three-pointers made and attempted. Orlando led the league in both categories the past two seasons. ... Philadelphia plays six of its last seven games on the road.

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