Tuesday, January 19

Undefeated Magic host fiery Embiid and 76ers


The Orlando Magic will look to continue their historic start when they host the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday.

The Magic have won their first four games for the first time in franchise history and entered Wednesday’s game as one of only two unbeaten teams left in the league, with the Atlanta Hawks (3-0).

Orlando defeated host Oklahoma City Thunder 118-107 on Tuesday to improve to 4-0.

The goal now is to maintain the incredible streak.

” It’s very exciting to be 4-0,” said Orlando shooting guard Markedly Fultz, a former Sixers No. 1 pick. “Our goal is to go out every night and win, so to be able to have four wins and above all to go on tour and go 3-0 is a boost for us. We have to keep improving and growing.”

Nikola Civic, another former Sixer, constantly improving, led the way against OKC with 28 points and 10 rebounds. Dwayne Bacon added 18 points on 9 of 10 shooting from the field.

Statistics aside, head coach Steve Clifford remains more focused on improving from day to day.

” It’s about winning or losing, being able to learn from the game and get better,” Clifford said. “And that’s what I hope we can do. Three straight away games is tough in this league and the guys have done a good job.”

With a 12-of-18 effort against the Thunder, Civic increased his career total to 4,084 shots from the field with the Magic, breaking Nick Anderson’s record of 4,075.

” It was very humiliating for me,” Civic said. “All the great players that have played for the Magic, for me to be the all-time leader in shooting from the field, especially when you know all the great scorers that played here, it’s a great honor and a great motivation for me. to continue working “.

In the meantime, the 76ers will seek their second straight victory.

Philadelphia improved to 3-1 with a 100-93 win over the visiting Toronto Raptors on Tuesday. Joel Embed overcame a brief injury to his right leg in the third quarter to finish with 29 points and 16 rebounds.

Embed has reached at least 25 points and 10 rebounds in the three games he has played to become the first Philadelphia player to accomplish the feat since Charles Barkley in 1986-87.

” He was fantastic, dominant,” Sixers head coach Doc Rivers said of Embed. ” It’s funny … obviously he had 29 points. I thought he made the three key plays down the stretch through passing.”

Embed limped into the locker room during a 4:01 stretch of the third quarter, but Rivers wasn’t overly affected.

” Every time I asked, I got bad news,” Rivers said. ” It shows, I didn’t even go down there. I rarely go there, because every time I’m going to ask ‘how are you’ the news is bad. So I didn’t want bad news, let me put it that way.”

The Sixers were drilled for 24 points in their first road game in Cleveland on Sunday. They were one of the worst visiting teams last season, going 10-24.

Next stop, Orlando.

If the Sixers are going to win, they will likely need another stellar effort from Tobias Harris, who had 26 points and 11 rebounds against the Raptors.

” That leadership and that toughness he showed was excellent,” Rivers said of Harris.

–Field level media



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