|Date of game: 12/21/2014
Recap: Orlando vs. Philadelphia
Orlando, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Behind 21 points and six assists from Michael Carter-Williams, the Philadelphia 76ers started a seven-game road trip with a 96-88 win over the Orlando Magic.
Five players reached double figures for Philadelphia as it ended a five-game losing streak. Nerlens Noel posted 13 points and 12 rebounds, while Henry Sims and Robert Covington joined Noel by posting double-doubles as well. Sims had 12 points and 12 boards, with Covington recording 11 points and 10 rebounds.
"We needed to reclaim our spirit and we didn't have that the last two games," 76ers coach Brett Brown said.
Victor Oladipo led all scorers with 23 points for the Magic, who have lost four straight and six of their last seven.
"There greatest importance is to stay together," Oladipo said of the losing streak.
Despite getting 19 points and 17 rebounds from Nikola Vucevic, Orlando was outrebounded by Philadelphia 52-43.
Orlando extended its lead to as much as 11 in the third quarter but it would last just one possession. After a 76ers timeout, JaKarr Sampson hit a 3 that started a 7-0 burst to make their deficit a more manageable four points.
The Sixers scored the last eight points of the period to lead 64-60 after three.
That run continued into the fourth quarter and after seven straight points in the first 2 1/2 minutes, Philadelphia led by 11. Sims capped the 15-0 run with a layup and emphatic slam dunk.
Evan Fournier scored four straight points to cut Orlando's deficit down to seven points, but Carter-Williams wrapped up a 6-0 run with a 3-pointer to extend the Sixers lead to a game-high 14 points.
Philadelphia did not make a shot from the floor in the final 3 1/2 minutes of the game, but it held Orlando off to come away with the victory.
Neither team led by more than five points in a back-and-forth first quarter. A late 8-0 run with four points from both Covington and Sims helped give the Sixers a 23-20 lead after 12 minutes.
A 9-0 Magic run halfway through the second period gave them a lead they would only briefly relinquish in the second period. Kyle O'Quinn's triple started the spurt and he ended it with a layup after grabbing an offensive board.
Tobias Harris scored the final five points of the quarter to give Orlando a 42-37 lead at the break.Game Notes
Vucevic has 100 career double-doubles ... The 76ers have committed 17 or more
turnovers in nine straight games ... Philadelphia snapped a six-game losing
streak at Orlando ... The three-game season series between these teams
concludes on Feb. 22 in Orlando ... Philadelphia heads south to Miami to
continue its trip Tuesday while the Magic host Boston.