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Dec 03 2013

Magic runs out. Sixers win.

Orlando Magic 125 Final
Recap | Box Score
126 Philadelphia 76ers
Thaddeus Young, PF 48 MIN | 10-20 FG | 2-2 FT | 12 REB | 0 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 25 PTS | +9Scored 25 efficient points and hit three 3-pointers, playing a team-high 48 minutes. Took care of the ball and made some plays on defense, unlike ….
Evan Turner, SF 42 MIN | 7-16 FG | 10-13 FT | 6 REB | 5 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 8 TO | 24 PTS | +12Evan Turner, the Sixers’ leading scorer, fouled out of the game in the second overtime. And yet they still managed to pull off the victory.The good: 24 points on 16 shots. The bad — no, the terrible: the defense on Afflalo (43 points), and the seven turnovers.
Spencer Hawes, C 41 MIN | 7-15 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 17 PTS | +1Lots of 3-pointers. Some of them hit, some missed, and they were all ugly. Not one of Spence’s more efficient nights, and defensively he could have maybe done a better job on Glen Davis.
Michael Carter-Williams, PG 47 MIN | 11-19 FG | 4-7 FT | 12 REB | 10 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 7 TO | 27 PTS | +12Let’s ignore the triple double — MCW was all over the place in ways that won’t show up in the stat sheet. He came up with loose balls and got the Sixers several free possessions. He’s a god damn energizer bunny. Not a bad guy to have on your side in the 50th minute.
James Anderson, SG 29 MIN | 6-10 FG | 5-9 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 19 PTS | -9 Hit a HUGE foul shot to put the game away in the second OT. (After missing a pair a few seconds before).

By the Numbers:

289. Glen Davis’ listed weight.

Quote of the Game:

“You’re in pretty good shape for the shape you are in.” -Dr. Seuss

Parting Shots:

It’s only fitting that the Sixers won in double overtime the night following Tom’s Truehoop post about the Sixers’ fitness-edge. Granted, the Magic were on the second night of a back-to-back (without Nik Vucevic and Jameer Nelson), while the Sixers hadn’t played since Sunday afternoon. But screw that. In both overtimes, Orlando looked out of gas and the Sixers — well, not all of them — looked fresh, given the circumstances.

Orlando stuck around, thanks to some bizarre and unlikely plays (Glen Davis 3-pointer? Really?) but the final three minutes — the ones that mattered most — were all Philly.

This win may sting come May 20. But you can’t bench/DNP-CD/trade fitness. It’s here for the longhaul, and come May 2016, you’ll be grateful.