Vucevic torches Sixers as Orlando wins

Orlando's Nik Vucevic heads to the hoop as Daniel Orton of the 76ers defends. Vucevic had 21 points and 16 rebounds, paving the way for a Magic win.
Orlando's Nik Vucevic heads to the hoop as Daniel Orton of the 76ers defends. Vucevic had 21 points and 16 rebounds, paving the way for a Magic win. (JOHN RAOUX / Associated Press)
Posted: November 29, 2013

ORLANDO - The 76ers welcomed Thaddeus Young back to the fold on a night when a former teammate helped to play spoiler.

Nik Vucevic recorded his eighth double-double to lead the Magic to a 105-94 victory Wednesday night at the Amway Center.

The victory enabled the Magic (6-9) to win consecutive games for the first time since opening the season 3-0. Before Tuesday's win at Atlanta, Orlando had lost four straight and seven of eight.

The Sixers (6-10) suffered their second straight setback and have lost 10 of 13.

Vucevic's performance overshadowed Young's return after the Sixers forward dealt with the death of his nephew.

The 7-foot, 250-pound center, who was traded to Orlando in 2012, finished with 21 points, 16 rebounds, 5 assists, and 3 blocked shots against the shorthanded Sixers. Center Spencer Hawes (left- knee soreness) sat out, as did backup point guard and sixth man Tony Wroten (lower-back sprain).

Vucevic took full advantage of Hawes' absence.

The Southern Cal product made his first eight shots. He also locked up a double-double (17 points, 10 rebounds) with 1 minute, 53 seconds left in the first half.

"He has a big body, goes hard to the basket, can finish around the rim, and has a soft touch," Sixers power forward Lavoy Allen said. "He can go with both hands. He's real skilled for a big man. Real skilled."

Young finished with a game-high 26 points and eight rebounds. He rejoined the team Wednesday after a weeklong absence.

Before Wednesday, Young was last with the team at a Nov. 20 shootaround for that evening's game against the Toronto Raptors.

Young rejoined the Sixers five minutes into Wednesday's film session at the arena. He participated in the morning shootaround before playing in the game.

"I'm definitely happy to be back," said Young, who didn't touch a basketball while he was away. "I had some family issues. My nephew passed away in a car accident and I had to get through it."

Afterward, he talked as if the game was therapeutic.

"I felt pretty good out there just playing and having fun and just letting everything go and being free," Young said.

The Sixers pulled within 90-87 on Michael Carter-Williams' jumper with 4:57 left. But the Magic responded with a 10-2 run to create some breathing room.

Cavs seeking Turner?

The Cleveland Cavaliers are targeting Evan Turner, according to an ESPN report.

According to the report, the Cavs are shopping South Philadelphia native Dion Waiters around to the Sixers, New York Knicks, and Chicago Bulls.

"I've got to worry about some other stuff before some rumors," said Turner, who had 17 points. "I've got to get Christmas presents and all that. I have to get turkey, too. I have to clean it out tomorrow. I've got a lot of stuff to do."

Carter-Williams added 23 points for the Sixers.


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