Magic top Sixers in matchup of struggling clubs

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Updated: February 27, 2013

Arron Afflalo scored 16 points and dished
out seven assists, while Nikola Vucevic added 12 points and 19 rebounds to
lead the Orlando Magic to a 98-84 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday.

Tobias Harris added 16 points off the bench and Andrew Nicholson chipped in
13 points for the Magic, who snapped a five-game skid. Orlando also stopped a
10-game road losing streak.

Maurice Harkless, who was traded from the Sixers along with Vucevic in the
offseason, added 10 points in the triumph.

“I think the guys deserved it. They put forth the kind of effort that deserved
a win and that’s what it’s all about,” Magic coach Jacque Vaughn said. “At the
end of the day in this league, for the most part, you get what you deserve.
Tonight we had a great effort and were able to do a lot of good things and
we’re just getting better.”

Orlando forward Al Harrington made his season debut after missing the first 56
games of the season with a knee injury. He scored nine points and grabbed
three rebounds in just over 12 minutes of play.

Jeremy Pargo and Damien Wilkins scored 14 points apiece for Philadelphia,
which has dropped six straight. Dorell Wright scored 11 points and Evan Turner
dropped in 10 to go with eight rebounds in the loss.

Jrue Holiday, who averaged 19.2 points per game entering the contest, scored
just nine on 4-of-11 shooting from the field for the Sixers.

Philadelphia lead 20-18 after the first quarter, but Orlando shot 57.1 percent
in the second quarter to take a 47-42 lead into the break.

The Magic stayed hot in the third frame, pushing their spread to 61-44 with
just over four minutes played in the second half.

The Sixers, though, countered with 17-5 run to pull within 66-61 with 13.3
seconds left in the third stanza. Afflalo added a reverse layup in the closing
seconds to give the Magic a seven-point cushion entering the final stage.

Orlando exploded for a 19-5 run to go up 87-66 with just under seven minutes
left and the Sixers couldn’t get closer than 12 the rest of the way, much to
the displeasure of head coach Doug Collins, who left the floor before the game
was finished.

“I sure didn’t see this effort coming. I thought we played incredibly hard in
New York on Sunday. This is mind-numbing to me,” Sixers coach Doug Collins
said.

Game Notes

The Magic have won 12 of their last 15 games in Philadelphia … Orlando
picked up its first road win against an Atlantic Division team this season
… Magic point guard Jameer Nelson missed his third straight game (left knee
patella contusion) … Thaddeus Young had eight points and 10 rebounds in the
loss.