NBA: Joel Embiid, James Harden help 76ers return to Magic
Joel Embiid had 28 points and 11 rebounds, James Harden added 26 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds, and the Philadelphia 76ers host beat the Orlando Magic 105-94 on Wednesday.
Harden scored 6/10 from a 3-point range, while Tobias Harris scored 16 for the Sixers, who avenged a 119-109 loss to the Magic two nights earlier. Tyrese Maxey added 10 points from the bench.
Markelle Fultz led the Magic with 18 points, Paolo Banchero added 13 points and 9 rebounds, and Franz Wagner finished with 13 points.
James Harden and Joel Embiid appear in Sixers W.
Harden: 26 PTS, 9 REB, 10 AST, 6 3pm
Embiid: 28 PTS, 11 REB, 3 AST pic.twitter.com/pHpgmISePw
– NBA (@NBA) February 2, 2023
Gary Harris, Cole Anthony and Jalen Suggs each scored 11 points. Wendell Carter Jr. won 13 rebounds to gain 9 points.
The Magic took a 101-92 lead after Wagner scored at 4:31, but Orlando took just two points for the rest of the game.
Harden’s fifth 3-pointer, with 9:11 left in the fourth inning, gave the Sixers an 88-83 lead. After a miss from Moe Wagner, Harris scored to take a seven-point lead.
Banchero misjudged the jump and Maxey hit a 3-pointer from the corner to give it a 93-83 advantage.
The Magic fell behind with 13 but closed in round eight, 98-90, as Fultz took two free throws with 5:06 left.
The Sixers regained the 11-point lead, 103-92, when Maxey hit a steering drive with a 3:42 score.
Harden knocks a pointer 3 steps back, Harris adds a steering drive and the Sixers take a 73-66 lead with 5:37 left in the third inning.
Fultz returned with a difficult jump in the lane and Carter hit a 15-foot shot to close in the third round.
The Sixers led 82-78 into the fourth inning.
After the Magic finished with four points, Harden responded with a 3-pointer for a 50-43 advantage with 3:53 left in the second half.
Embiid’s 20 points in the first half gave the Sixers a 56-53 lead after halftime.
Fultz takes a swing at the whistle to reduce the deficit to three.
The Magic stayed close despite taking only four of the 20 shots from 3-point territory in the first half.
The Sixers finished the first half 17-0 to take a 37-23 lead.
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