Orlando, Fla. (AP) — Joel Embiid scored 31 points, Tobias Harris scored 22 and the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Orlando Magic 116-106 on Wednesday night.
The 76ers, who recorded their NBA-best 14th road win, made a season high with their fifth consecutive win overall. They beat Orlando for the second time this season and for the 10th time in a row since 2016.
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Seth Curry added 20 points, a season-high 12 assists and seven rebounds, while Furkan Korkamaz scored 15 of his 20s in the second half. Embiid, who scored at least 30 points for the fifth game in a row, got his hands up to his ears late in the game as fans inside the Amway Center repeatedly chanted, “MVP! MVP!”
Philadelphia wasted no time grabbing control in the fourth quarter. The 76ers forced the Magic into five turnovers and used a 14-5 run to open the fourth quarter. The 76ers improved and went 5-14 when they were behind after three quarters.
Down 109-104 with 2:09 to play, Embiid was called for a major foul on a hard hit to Wendell Carter Jr. However, the Magic Center missed two free throws, Embiid blocked Cole Anthony’s layup and the Sixers iced the game for two. Jumpers by Curry.
Orlando lost for the seventh time in a row, the third such defeat of the season. The Magic fell 2–14 at home after making 19 turnovers, making 28 Philadelphia points.
Anthony, who was playing for the first time since December 23 with a right ankle sprain, hit a 3-pointer early in the third quarter and put Orlando up to five. However, he landed on Mo Bamba’s heel and sprained his left ankle. He initially screamed in pain and needed help getting off the floor.
Anthony scored 14 of his 26 points in the first half. Bamba finished with 19 points and eight rebounds.
Orlando led 89–88 at the end of three periods – just the seventh time he was in such a position in the entire season.
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Coach Doc Rivers said he learned late Tuesday that he had tested negative for the COVID-19 virus, and he flew to Orlando on Wednesday morning to rejoin the team. Rivers said members of the NBA’s coaching fraternity have tried to check on each other and share tips.
“When you coach for a long time, you make a lot of friends, you talk to almost everyone (the coaches), and you really talk to people you know,” Rivers said. “Very frustrating (among the coaches). There were some people who were feeling really bad, and then there were others who were like ‘I feel great,’ and were disappointed they couldn’t get out of there.”
Rivers praised the work of assistant coach Dan Burke, who guided the Sixers to a 2–0 record during his absence.
“I feel great. I think I had two days (not feeling well), but other than that, the coaching from your living room is nice,” joked River. “I know we We are doing (load management) with the players, but we have come up with something here for the coaches.”
76ers: Rivers said guard Tyrese Maxi and forward Mattis Thiebull remain out and live within the NBA’s health and safety protocols. “I know they’re feeling great,” Rivers said. “This thing, as everyone knows, is personal. Some people have struggled with it and some people haven’t.”
The Magic: Thursday marks the one-year anniversary of point guard Markel Fultz tearing an ACL in his left knee. The No. 1 pick from the 2017 NBA Draft missed the last 64 games of last season and has yet to play this season. Magic coach Jamahal Mosley said Fultz has relegated the team to a few non-contact practice sessions, but the point guard is still in the rehabilitation phase. … Franz Wagner on winning the NBA’s Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month Award: “It’s like the hallmark of a team for me. So many people have helped me every day.”
76ers: Host San Antonio on Friday night.
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Magic: Play Saturday Night in Detroit.