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Orlando Magic Fight Hard, But Fall to Philadelphia 76ers 116-114 in OT

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FILE - Joel Embiid attempts a shot against the Orlando Magic defense during the teams' matchup at Amway Center January 5, 2022. (Harry Castiblanco/Florida National News file photo)

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN SPORTS) – The Orlando Magic gave the Philadelphia 76ers a tougher time than the visiting team is used to on Sunday.

 

First Half

As expected, the 76ers opened up the scoring and threatened to go on a run, but the Magic–specifically Wendell Carter Jr.–hustled to keep that from happening. Constant fouls also didn’t help the 76ers.

With two minutes left in the first quarter, the Magic had already caught up to the 76ers and tied it 22 all, and ended the quarter in the lead, 29-24.

The Magic went on a run in the second quarter with aggressive rebounding and nailing three after three after three. Moritz Wagner scored one while Chuma Okeke and Gary Harris each scored two. In a crowd favorite, Markelle Fultz got a rebound and toss the ball to Moritz Wagner, who was already at Orlando’s net, for the alley-oop dunk.

Tobias Harris led the scoring for Philly with 15 points and four rebounds. Joel Embiid was Philly’s second highest scorer in the first with 12 points, five assists, and rebounds.

For the Magic, Wendell Carter, Jr. led with 16 points, five rebounds and two assists. Chuma Okeke followed with 13 points, one assist and four rebounds.

The Magic led the 76ers where it counted: 53.7 percent in field goals to the 76ers’ 33.3 percent, 40 percent to their 26.7 percent on three-pointers, 25 rebounds to their 21, five steals to their three, and double their assists: 18 to 9.

One key advantage Philly had was successful free throws: they shot 91.7 percent from the line compared to Orlando’s 70 percent.

The Magic led the 76ers 59-47 at halftime.

 

Second Half

The 76ers came out stronger in the third quarter and shrank the lead. With just over four minutes left in the third, they only lagged by four points, 67-63. One key reason for that: the Magic kept fouling Joel Embiid–an avid free throw shooter. He was 100 percent on free throws Sunday, making all ten of his free throws. With about a minute left in the third, they also send James Harden to the line, who is also a highly accurate free throw shooter. He shot 88 percent (8-9) from the line.

By the end of the third quarter, Orlando’s Wendell Carter, Jr. got his double double on the night with 21 points and 10 rebounds. Joel Embiid got his as well with 25 points and 12 rebounds.

While Markelle Fultz wasn’t a big scorer Sunday night, his presence was felt nonetheless, nailing a much-needed three-pointer in the fourth quarter and clocking a total of 10 assists and eight points up to that point in the game. With a little less than 10 minutes left in the game, the Magic led by eight, 88-80–after sending James Harden to the line against for two free throws, which he successfully shot.

Philly’s Embiid and Harden kept getting chances at the free throw line in the fourth quarter, shrinking their to point deficit to four, 94-90.

With less than six minutes left in the game, Philly was just two points away from tying it up, then Wendell Carter Jr. answered with a layup, spreading the gap back to four points…until Chuma Okeke fouled Joel Embiid and also got a tech foul. After RJ Hampton’s successful shot, the 76ers were finally able to tie the game at 98 points thanks to Harden’s three-pointer. Joel Embiid’s next three put them in the bonus. Tyrese Maxey’s foul sent Orlando to the line, which helped the Magic finally break 100 points.

Orlando was saved by another foul. This time Georges Niang sent Cole Anthony to the line for two, which he successfully shot, switching the lead back to Orlando, 102-101.

Tobias Harris switched the lead back to Philly with the and 1from Franz Wagner, 104-102. Tyrese Maxey fouled Cole Anthony again, and his two free throws tied the game again, 104 all. Then the clock ran out, and the game went into overtime.

The battle for the ball saw both sides making fouls and taking timeouts–that is, after Cole Anthony’s three consecutive 3-pointers put the Magic up to 113.

At the final buzzer, the 76ers snatched the victory from the Magic, 116-114.

The 76ers return home to face the Denver Nuggets Monday at 7:30pm EST. The Magic next host another tough team, the Brooklyn Nets, Tuesday at 7pm EST.

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Mellissa Thomas is Editor for Florida National News. | mellisa.thomas@floridanationalnews.com

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Orlando Magic Rally Late to Beat Washington Wizards 122-112

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Moritz Wagner dunks the ball in the second quarter for the Orlando Magic during their match against the Washington Wizards at Amway Center Tuesday, March 21, 2023. Photo: Harry Castiblanco/Florida National News.
Moritz Wagner dunks the ball in the second quarter for the Orlando Magic during their match against the Washington Wizards at Amway Center Tuesday, March 21, 2023. Photo: Harry Castiblanco/Florida National News.

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN) – The Orlando Magic had a lot of ground to make up for at home after their long road run, and the Washington Wizards didn’t make it easy on them–their defense greatly frustrated the Magic.

 

First Half

The Wizards led most of the first quarter, especially since the Magic made none of their three-pointers…until Moritz Wagner came in off the bench with just over two minutes left in the first. With a couple of shots, he switched the lead to Orlando by a single point at the end of the first quarter, 26-25.

Cole Anthony got a nice and-1 after his rebound from a failed Wizard free throw. Bradley Beal fouled him as he ran into the paint, but Anthony’s fadeaway shot was successful as he fell to the floor.

In the second quarter the Wizards regained the lead, but like in the first quarter, the Magic rallied near the end of the quarter. When Gary Harris, Markelle Fultz and the other Wagner, Franz, got back on the court, the Magic began sinking more shots.

Mo Wagner contributed 11 points in the first two quarters, while Franz, Harris and Anthony each followed with 10 points. The Magic also made up for their three-pointer deficit in second quarter. They were seven of 17 (41.2 percent) on threes in the first half compared to the Wizards’ five of 15 (33.3 percent) and were 23 of 43 on field goals (53.5 percent) compared to the Wizards’ 21 of 40 (52.5 percent).

For Washington, Deni Avdija and Monte Morris led the scoring with 12 points each; Kristaps Porzingis followed with 11 points.

The Magic secured a four-point lead heading into halftime, 60-56.

 

Second Half

The Magic ended third quarter one point behind, 88-87.

The Magic brought the fire in the fourth quarter, getting on a run between Markelle Fultz, Wendell Carter Jr. and Paolo Banchero, who went to the free throw line three times late in the fourth and nailed every free throw. The highlight play of the second half happened within the final minute of the game: Banchero had pressure on him and made an ugly fadeaway baseline three-pointer…and sank it in.

The most critical hit of all was Bradley Beal fouling out of the game, which dealt a huge blow to the Wizards’ offense in the final stretch. Porzingis tried to pick up the slack, but the Magic saw the blood in the water and piled on the pressure, closing out the game with a 10-point win, 122-112.

For the night, Gary Harris led in scoring for the Magic with 22 points, going six for nine on three pointers and seven for 10 on field goals. Franz Wagner followed with 20 points with four rebounds and six assists. Banchero contributed 18 points and was six of six on free throws. Fultz contributed 17 points with five rebounds and five assists.

For the Wizards, Porzingis led the scoring by far, with 30 total points, six rebounds and three assists. Beal followed with 16 points, five rebounds and seven assists.

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Mellissa Thomas is Editor for Florida National News. | mellissa.thomas@floridanationalnews.com

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Orlando Magic to induct Dennis Scott into their Hall of Fame March 23

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Orlando, FL – The Orlando Magic will induct Dennis Scott into their Hall of Fame on Thursday, March 23 at 3:45 p.m. in Amway Center, near the Nutrilite Magic Fan Experience.** Scott will become the 12th member of the Orlando Magic Hall of Fame.

In addition to the induction ceremony, Scott will be honored that night during Orlando’s game vs. New York. Tip-off is at 7 p.m. and tickets are available through OrlandoMagic.com or by calling 1-800-4-NBATIX.

“Dennis (Scott) still remains one of the elite, long-range shooters in both Orlando Magic and NBA history,” said Martins. “His ability to shoot from beyond the three-point arc was a major key to our success during his time in Orlando and his records stand to this day. We are proud to make Dennis the next inductee into the Orlando Magic Hall of Fame.”

Originally selected in the first round (fourth overall) of the 1990 NBA Draft by Orlando, Scott played seven seasons with the Magic from 1990-97. He played in 446 regular season games (322 starts) with Orlando, averaging 14.8 ppg., 3.1 rpg. and 2.3 apg. in 30.7 minpg., while shooting .403 (981-2,432) from three-point range.

During the 1995-96 campaign, Scott set a then-NBA single season-record with 267 three-pointers made, a standard that lasted for ten years. The 267 three-pointers made remains the franchise record for most made in a season. On April 18, 1996 vs. Atlanta, Scott connected on 11 three-pointers, breaking the then-NBA single game-record, a mark that lasted for almost seven seasons. The 11 three-pointers made also remains the franchise record for most made in a game.

Scott also appeared in 41 playoff games (31 starts) with Orlando, averaging 12.2 ppg., 3.0 rpg. and 1.9 apg. in 33.8 minpg., while shooting .364 (92-253) from three-point range. On May 25, 1995 vs. Indiana, he made seven three-pointers during Game #2 of the Eastern Conference Finals, setting a franchise playoff-record that still stands today. Scott helped the Magic reach the 1995 NBA Finals.

Scott remains the Orlando Magic all-time leader in three-pointers made with 981. Entering this season, he also ranks among the franchise’s all-time leaders in three-point field goals attempted (second, 2,432), field goals attempted (seventh, 5,737), games played (eighth, 446), steals (eighth, 429), points scored (tenth, 6,603), field goals made (tenth, 2,421) and minutes played (tenth, 13,692).

The Orlando Magic unveiled its inaugural Hall of Fame class on April 9, 2014 with the first two inductees, Magic co-founder Pat Williams and the team’s first-ever draft pick and current community ambassador, Nick Anderson. Scott also joins Shaquille O’Neal (2015), the late Rich DeVos (2016), Anfernee Hardaway (2017), Jimmy Hewitt (2017), Tracy McGrady (2018), David Steele (2019), Darrell Armstrong (2020), John Gabriel (2022) and Brian Hill (2022) in the Orlando Magic Hall of Fame.

The Orlando Magic Hall of Fame honors and celebrates the great players, coaches and executives who have had a major impact during the team’s illustrious 34-year history. It bridges the past with the future of Magic basketball, and the exhibit, located in Amway Center on the terrace level near Nutrilite Magic Fan Experience, provides Magic fans an opportunity to learn some Magic history while in the building. The inductees are selected based on their overall on and off the court contributions to the team and organization, years of service, impact in the community and general character of the individual.

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Jonathan Isaac to Miss Remainder of 2022-23 Regular Season Due to Another Injury

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FILE - Orlando Magic forward Jonathan Isaac plays during the Orlando Magic vs. New York Knicks match at Amway Center Tuesday, February 7, 2023. (Shreyank Tripathi/Florida National News file photo)
FILE - Orlando Magic forward Jonathan Isaac plays during the Orlando Magic vs. New York Knicks match at Amway Center Tuesday, February 7, 2023. (Harry Castiblanco/Florida National News file photo)

ORLANDO, Fla. – Orlando Magic forward Jonathan Isaac underwent surgery on Friday morning to repair a torn left adductor muscle and will miss the remainder of the 2022-23 regular season. An MRI conducted Wednesday revealed the injury, after he felt discomfort following Tuesday’s practice in Milwaukee.

“Our thoughts are with Jonathan, whose fortitude in dealing with adversity is unique,” said Orlando Magic President of Basketball Operations Jeff Weltman. “Jonathan has worked extremely hard to return to the court this season and has demonstrated his impact on our team. We will be by his side as he focuses on the work ahead.”

Isaac (6’10”, 230, 10/3/97) played in 11 games this season, averaging 5.0 ppg., 4.0 rpg. and 1.27 stlpg. in 11.3 minpg.

Originally selected in the first round (sixth overall) of the 2017 NBA Draft by Orlando, Isaac has appeared in 147 career NBA regular season games (106 starts), all with the Magic, averaging 9.0 ppg., 5.3 rpg., 1.0 apg., 1.43 blkpg. and 1.08 stlpg. in 24.7 minpg. He has also played and started in five career playoff outings, averaging 6.6 ppg., 6.2 rpg. and 1.00 blkpg. in 27.3 minpg.

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