ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN SPORTS) – Going into the Orlando Magic’s Sunday preseason game, against the Philadelphia 76ers, Magic fans were optimistic for a win, but the 76ers sent them on a roller coaster ride that ended in an ugly loss. The Orlando Magic had an impressive 3-1 record, but the Philadelphia 76ers came into Amway Center undefeated at 2-0 and made sure to add another W.
The Philadelphia 76ers came out swinging from tipoff. Small forward Tobias Harris hit a three pointer, followed by a mid-range jumper by Al Horford, which gave the team an immediate 5-0 lead. Aggressive and focused, the 76ers kept attacking the Orlando Magic in different cylinders, both offensively and defensively.
The Orlando Magic struggled until Markelle Fultz came into the game off the bench and sparked the team. With his contribution of both energy and scoring, the team collectively fought back. But when the Magic looked as if they were going to bounce back, the 76ers came back harder and ended their momentum.
In the 2nd quarter, Orlando Magic small forward Jonathan Isaac made a huge impact on offense as well as defense, not only dunking, but blocking Joel Embiid as well. The Magic look determined and ambitious, despite being down by 12 with a 57-45 score going into halftime.
In the third quarter, the Orlando Magic looked determined. With Markelle Fultz, Aaron Gordon, Jonathan Isaac, and Wes Iwundu contributing, the team kept fighting. Orlando Magic Center Mo Bamba, who struggled early in the first half, came alive, shooting a couple of three pointers. With a few seconds left in the third, Orlando’s Al-Farouq Aminu hit a clutch three, but Philly’s Raul Neto came back and hit a buzzer beater.
The Magic’s struggle continued in the fourth quarter. With miscommunication and so many turnovers, they dug themselves into a hole, and the 76ers punished them for it. The game ended with a blowout win by the 76ers, 126-94.
What Are The Area(s) that the Orlando Magic Need to Improve On?
The Orlando Magic has a lot of areas that they need to improve on, the biggest area being defense. They gave up so much on defense. For example, Al Horford was in the post backing down Aaron Gordon. When he hit a mid-range jumper, Aaron just looked at him instead of reacting and attempting to block him. If that kind of lackluster play is happening in the preseason, what will the fans see during the season?
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