Forward Devin Searcy led the way for the 7-6 with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Clay Tucker also got things going after a tough first half of the week, leading the way with 15 points.
Early in the game it was once again Justin Holiday for the Sixers, with a little help from Lavoy Allen. Holiday would only play limited minutes however, getting a little rest, and finishing with 10 points.
“He’s been playing heavy minutes and I don’t want to wear those guys out,” coach Aaron McKie said. “I want them to have their legs and be able to give us their best run. This is an opportunity for those guys to showcase their talents and we don’t want them out their running on fumes.”
It was mostly Searcy in the first however. The 6’10’’ forward out of Dayton who spent last season playing professionally in Japan followed up a nice performance yesterday with an even more impressive game today.
“He’s an NBA player,” McKie said. “Devin [Searcy] gives 110 percent every time he’s out there on the floor and I love having him out there. I trust him and he’s done a good job for us this week.”
The Sixers early standout, Jacob Pullen, who injured his foot on Tuesday saw limited minutes and struggled. McKie said his foot was still bothering him and it looked that way, as he walked with a slight limp still. Pullen finished with three points on 1-8 shooting.
Nine of Searcy’s 12 points came in the first half and Tucker found his stroke but the Sixers still trailed the Magic 37-34 at the half.
The Magic came out firing behind former Kentucky Wildcat DeAndre Liggins and held the lead for most of the second half.
Zack Rosen found his way onto the court in the second half but once again struggled to find a groove offensively, shooting 1-8 with just two assists.
In the second half the Sixers relied heavily on Allen, Searcy and Tucker for offense. John Scheyer also added nine points and five assists in probably his best outing of the week, but was still none too impressive, especially his air ball in the final seconds.
Chris Johnson also had an impressive second half. Johnson finished with six points and 11 rebounds. He has had trouble finding a rhythm, but has looked impressive from the outside at times and does a good job finding the loose ball.
Without Pullen or Holiday for most of the second half a scrappy Sixers team stayed in the close game that saw nine lead changes and seven ties.
It was the Sixers shooting that got the best of them, finishing just 34.5 percent for the game. The Magic hit 42 percent of their shots.
As we head into the last day of summer league for the 7-6 it is becoming even more clear that Scheyer and Rosen, among others, may not be cut out for the next level. Meanwhile, guys like Pullen, Holiday and Searcy are making a strong case to not only the 7-6, but the rest of the NBA.
The Sixers take on the Detroit Pistons at noon tomorrow in their final game of the 2012 Orlando Pro Summer League. Nice performances from guys like Terrence Jennings, Rosen and Johnson could go a long way for their hopes of making an NBA training camp.
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