NBA: Joel Embiid, James Harden help 76ers return to Magic

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Joel Embiid #21 of the Philadelphia 76ers’ second-quarter pitches against the Orlando Magic at Wells Fargo Center on February 1, 2023 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images/AFP

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.

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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