Sixers fall to Magic, 99-91

Orlando guard Jameer Nelson, a former Chester High star, dishes off with Charles Jenkins and Lavoy Allen (right) closing in. Nelson finished with 24 points and 10 assists.
Orlando guard Jameer Nelson, a former Chester High star, dishes off with Charles Jenkins and Lavoy Allen (right) closing in. Nelson finished with 24 points and 10 assists. (AP)
Posted: March 11, 2013

ORLANDO - The 76ers offense went cold late in Sunday's game and Doug Collins' team stretched its road losing streak to 13 games with a 99-91 loss to the struggling Orlando Magic.

The Sixers scored just four points in the final 4 minutes, 15 seconds as Jameer Nelson and Arron Afflalo took over for the Magic, combining to outscore the 76ers by 11-4 down the stretch. The victory snapped the Magic's seven-game, home-court losing streak.

Nelson finished with 24 points while dishing out 10 assists. The former Chester High and St. Joseph's star made five three-pointers and grabbed five rebounds. Afflalo finished with 17 points.

"They just made shots at the end," Thaddeus Young said. "I thought we played good defense; they just made some tough shots."

Young led all scorers with 26 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for his 16th double-double of the season. He tied a season high with 13 field goals.

"Thad played great once again," Collins said. "I thought we had some guys play very, very well, but we just haven't found a way to finish games."

It's an assessment all too familiar for this team, which has lost five in a row and 12 of its last 13.

"We don't know what is going to happen after the season, but right now is the time to go out there and focus on winning games," Young said.

Jrue Holiday struggled from the field again, shooting 4 of 16 for just eight points. Holiday also missed two free throws with 2:15 left that would have tied the score at 91.

The all-star failed to score in double figures for the second straight game.

"I'm going through a scoring slump right now and I'm just trying to make other things happen, whether it is on defense or swinging the ball and trying to make plays," Holiday said.

It wasn't only Holiday who struggled. The Sixers scored just 40 points in the second half.

"We go through slumps where we don't score," Holiday said. "There are times when we need to go on a scoring streak and I don't think we had it today."

One spark on offense came from Damien Wilkins. The eight-year pro was in the starting lineup for the first time this season and finished with 16 points, his second-highest offensive output of the season.

"We wanted him out there against Afflalo to try to defense him a little bit," Collins said. "As it was, he still hit some shots."

The Sixers will return home Monday to face Brooklyn in the first game of a four-game homestand with the hope that the team's struggles of late can be alleviated by some home cooking.

"Losing is not fun," Collins said. "I'm sure there is some discouragement because there were such expectations for us this season and it just seems like so much stuff has gone against us."

Lineup change

One game after making his first start, Charles Jenkins was back on the bench, taking the role of backup point guard behind Holiday.

"That's one of the areas that we have struggled a little bit," Collins said before the game. "I'm just going to try to keep searching to see if we can maybe find something that will help us there."


Nick Young missed his sixth straight game with a sprained left ankle. . . . The game featured just 17 free throws, with the Sixers taking 10 and Orlando just seven. . . . Former Sixer Nikola Vucevic grabbed 17 rebounds and scored 14 points for the Magic.

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