Orlando Magic’s Win Streak Moves to Three


Feb 22, 2015; Orlando, FL, USA; Orlando Magic guard Victor Oladipo (5) passes the ball as Philadelphia 76ers guard Jason Richardson (23) defends during the first quarter at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Orlando Magic has its first three-game winning streak of the season after a 103-98 win against the Philadelphia 76ers Sunday evening at Amway Center.

Nikola Vucevic scored 31 points and added 14 rebounds while Victor Oladipo had 17 points and Willie Green chipped in with 16.

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Orlando (19-39) took a 59-58 lead with 7:33 left in the third quarter on a Vucevic field goal and never relinquished the lead again.

JaKarr Sampson cut the Orlando lead to 96-95 with 1:37 left but after a curious decision to foul Oladipo off the ball a Vucevic free throw pushed the lead to two. Green would knock down a couple of free throws before a Vucevic dunk put the Magic up 101-95 but Isaiah Canaan’s three cut into the lead with 31 seconds left. However, Oladipo sealed the win with a pair of free throws.

Robert Covington and JaKarr Sampson each scored 16 points for the 76ers (12-43). Former Magic guard Jason Richardson scored seven points in only his second game of the season.

The Magic also got 10 points, eight rebounds and seven assists from Elfrid Payton, while Channing Frye scored 15 points, scoring in double digits for only the second time in eight games.

Tobias Harris, who missed the last three games with a knee injury, started for Orlando and had four points.

Orlando shot 47.6 per cent from the field but connected on just 6-of-23 three-pointers.

The Magic held Philadelphia to primarily jump shots as the 76ers only scored 26 points in the paint. The Magic had 50.

Orlando hosts the Miami Heat Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.