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Amway Center, Orlando, Florida Attendance: 15,113
76ers pay visit to Magic, former No. 1 pick Fultz
Philadelphia 76ers at Orlando Magic
- The 76ers have won five of their last seven games against the Magic but lost both games in Orlando last season. Philadelphia has an all-time record of 38-77 (.330) against Orlando, its worst record versus any single opponent.
- Philadelphia has won two straight games (both at home) after losing its previous three (all on the road). Dating back to the final game of last season, the 76ers have won five straight home games, which trails only the Jazz (14) and the Raptors (7) for the longest active home win streak in the NBA.
- Joel Embiid scored 27 points and grabbed 16 rebounds in Philadelphia's win over Cleveland last night. Since his debut in 2016-17, Embiid has 25 games with 25+ points and 15+ rebounds, fourth most in the NBA behind only Anthony Davis (49), Karl-Anthony Towns (44) and Giannis Antetokounmpo (31).
- The Magic have lost five of their last six games but have scored 100+ points in three straight after not reaching 100 in any of their previous games this season. Orlando hit a season-high 15 threes in its last game, a loss to Indiana, and made 40.0+ percent of its three-point attempts for the first time this season.
- Nikola Vucevic is averaging 17.1 points after averaging 20.8 last season as his field-goal percentage has fallen from 51.8 percent to 43.6. The former Sixer averages 19.8 points against Philadelphia in his career, his highest scoring average against a team that he has faced at least 20 times in his career.
- Markelle Fultz is shooting 56.9 percent on two-pointers this season but just 18.2 percent on three-pointers. During his time in Philadelphia, three-pointers accounted for 5.6 percent of his field-goal attempts; this has risen to 25.3 percent in his first season in Orlando.
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The Philadelphia 76ers will see a former teammate, Markelle Fultz, when they look to snap a three-game road losing streak during a visit to the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night.
Joel Embiid recorded his fifth double-double of the season with his 27-point, 16-rebound performance in Philadelphia's 98-97 victory over the visiting Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday. The All-Star center capped the victory with a go-ahead dunk with 13.2 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, helping the Sixers earn their second win in a row overall.
Ben Simmons scored 15 points in his return from a two-game absence caused by a sprained AC joint in his shoulder. Simmons, however, may join Embiid in being spectators on Wednesday with the 76ers playing their first back-to-back set of the season.
Philadelphia power forward Al Horford will draw back in the lineup after he was held out of Tuesday's tilt for rest purposes.
"There was definitely some pushback, but at the end of the day, I trust the people, our medical staff," the 33-year-old Horford said, per NBC Sports Philadelphia. "They're really looking out for me and for all of us."
While the 76ers are 3-3 on the road, Orlando sports the same record at Amway Center after splitting the first two contests of its season-high, five-game homestand.
Fultz, who was traded from Philadelphia in February, will receive his second look at the team that selected him with the top overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. The 21-year-old recorded 12 points and five assists in the Magic's 126-94 setback in the preseason.
"It's more exciting going against a team that you played for, brothers that you were with all the time," Fultz told the Orlando Sentinel. "It's a different kind of competition out there."
The Magic's offensive struggles were put on hold Sunday in the first half of a 109-102 loss to Indiana, as Orlando shot 55.3 percent from the floor -- including 8 of 13 from behind the 3-point arc.
The second half saw a much different result. Orlando was limited to 35.7 percent shooting as the Pacers enjoyed pronounced runs to start the third and fourth quarters.
"I'm surprised. I thought we played a good energetic first half and then we had nothing the last 24 minutes," Magic coach Steve Clifford said. "(A) 12-0 to start, our ball movement, which was good in the first half, quick, crisp. ... The extra dribble, the probe to start the third ... crushed us."
Orlando's Evan Fournier shot 7 of 13 from the field and 6 of 8 from 3-point range to finish with a team-high 22 points. Despite posting his best game of the young season, the 27-year-old lamented his team's lost chances on the heels of its fifth setback in six games.
"That is definitely disappointing for us to lose that way," Fournier said. "That was a much-needed game for sure. We have a five-game home stretch. We've got to take these wins. We have a tough game coming up, too."
In October 2018, Fournier scored a season-high 31 points in the Magic's 116-115 loss to Philadelphia.
--Field Level Media
Updated November 13, 2019