Despite 18 points from former Temple star Dionte Christmas, the 76ers and Nets combination team fell to 0-3 Wednesday night at the Orlando Pro Summer League after losing to the host Orlando Magic 108-86. The 108 points the Magic put up is an OPSL scoring record.
When talking about the lopsided loss and the giving up the OPSL scoring record the 76ers Marreese Speights commented, “We’re getting good work in. All we can do is come out tomorrow and get a win.”
A win sure would help to ease the painful memory of this embarrassing debacle.
It was all Magic in this one as they jumped out to an early 8-0 lead and started the game with a 17-8 run. After one quarter of play the Magic lead the 76ers/Nets 29-23.
Orlando then started the second quarter off with another scoring run. The Magic opened the quarter with a 16-5 run. Orlando eventually pushed their lead to 59-41 for their largest lead of the first half. After a couple of buckets by the NJ/Philadelphia squad, the 76ers/Nets trailed 59-45 going in to the locker rooms at halftime.
The slow start by the 76ers/Nets in the first half certainly wasn’t because they were shooting poorly. The team went 14-25 which was good for 56% and went 7-10 from three point range. However, the Magic had six offensive rebounds in the first half in which they turned in to 13 second chance points compared to zero second chance points for the 76ers/Nets.
Orlando also dominated in the paint outscoring the 76ers/Nets 18-4. The 76ers/Nets also helped the Magic out turning the ball over nine times from which Orlando scored 12 points.
In the third quarter the 76ers/Nets couldn’t pull any closer being out scored 26-20 in the third. The Magic then went on another run to start off the fourth outscoring the 76ers/Nets 13-3. The run pushed the
Magic to a 27 point lead, their largest of the game. The 76ers/Nets went on a small run late in the fourth, but were outscored in the final period 23-21 for a final score of 108-86.
Christmas scored 13 points in the first half for PHI / NJ, but was only held to five in the second half. Christmas finished the game with a team high 18 points and went 4-6 from three point land.
Speights scored 12 in the contest with six rebounds. Jrue Holiday also had 12 points to go along with four assist and four rebounds.
It also seems that Speights and Holiday have bonded down in Orlando as when asked how he can make the Sixers first round pick’s adjustment to the NBA game easier, Speights said, “I can help him along in the process. I just told him it’s gonna’ be a long season.”
Blake Ahearn came off the bench and went 3-6 from the field scoring 11 points.
Gary Forbes and Ron Kurz both chipped in with two points each.
The 76ers/Nets finished the game going 27-54 (50%) from the field and 10-19 from long range (52.6%). The Magic out rebounded the 76ers/Nets 36-23. Newly acquired Ryan Anderson (pictured at left) scored 21 points for the Magic and Maurice Ager also scored 21 points to lead the Magic.
Thursday the 76ers/Nets will take on the Oklahoma City Thunder in the first game of the fourth day of the Orlando Pro Summer League. Tip-off set for 3:00 PM.
Here’s the PHI / NJ vs. Magic box score.