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Magic storm back to beat 76ers 112-109 in OT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Magic coach Frank Vogel had a simple message for his players at halftime, and he wrote it in bold letters on the locker room white board:

ENERGY - Orlando found it after the break.

The invigorated Magic rallied from a 17-point second-half deficit, then outlasted the Philadelphia 76ers 112-109 in overtime Monday night.

Orlando won consecutive games for the first time since late December. It was coming off a three-game West Coast swing.

''It did a lot,'' point guard Elfrid Payton said Vogel's halftime emphasis on energy. ''Obviously, we knew we were sluggish. Playing against a team like that that just plays hard, we have to match that. I think we were able to do a good job of that.''

The Magic, which had fallen behind by 16 points in the first two quarters, bounced back when their hustle level went up a notch in the third quarter and continued to elevate in the fourth and overtime periods. Players like Terrence Ross, Evan Fournier, Bismack Biyombo and Payton all came out with improved energy in the second half.

Nikola Vucevic led the Magic with 26 points and 13 rebounds, but it was the play of Ross, Fournier, Biyombo and Payton after halftime that seemed to make a difference against a Philadelphia team that had just nine available players.

Ross had all 11 of his points after halftime, including a jumper to put Orlando up 106-104 with 34.7 seconds remaining in overtime - he was just 3 for 14 from the field when he took the shot. The Magic made six straight free throws from there to hold off Philadelphia.

''He is a confident guy and he knows we have the utmost confidence in him. If he is open, we want him to shoot that shot, we know he can make that,'' Payton said of Ross. ''It's tough to go out when you are shooting 3 for 14 and shoot that shot with the same confidence as you shot that first one. He did, and that's a big shot for us.''

The Sixers, meanwhile, feel like they let one slip away on a night they were severely undermanned but got a dominant performance from their third-string center Richaun Holmes, who was pressed into duty with Jahlil Okafor out. Holmes tied a career high in points with 24 and established a career best in rebounds with 14. Philadelphia also got 24 points and 13 rebounds from Robert Covington after defeating Boston on Sunday.

''We ended up with a beaten down group,'' 76ers coach Brett Brown said. ''We played yesterday, but I think it really does show the character of the team and how we've been trying to play almost the entire year.''

TIP-INS

76ers: Okafor missed the game with right knee soreness, and veteran Gerald Henderson was given the night off to rest because it was a back-to-back game. ... With Okafor and Henderson out, the 76ers were down to eight healthy players, but second-year swingman Justin Anderson flew out to Orlando on Monday morning to join the team. Anderson missed Sunday's game and was listed as doubtful for Monday with the flu.

Magic: Meeks was on the floor for the first time since dislocating his thumb on Jan. 18. Meeks, acquired in a trade with Detroit last summer, had missed 26 straight games and has missed a total of 45 games this season after sitting out the first 19 games after undergoing foot surgery after the trade. ... Payton had a rough start, scoring two points, committing two turnovers and committing three fouls in the first 6:50 of the game. He didn't play the rest of the first half.

UP NEXT

76ers: Philadelphia continues its five-game trip in Oklahoma City on Wednesday. The Thunder are 14-1 against the 76ers since moving to Oklahoma City.

Magic: Orlando will host Charlotte on Wednesday night. The Hornets have won six straight over the Magic.

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Key Players
D. Saric
9 PF
N. Vucevic
9 C
28.3 Min. Per Game 28.3
14.3 Pts. Per Game 14.3
2.7 Ast. Per Game 2.7
10.2 Reb. Per Game 10.2
41.2 Field Goal % 46.6
38.6 Three Point % 46.6
77.4 Free Throw % 66.3
+ 2 T.J. McConnell made floating jump shot, assist by Shawn Long 0:01
+ 1 Jodie Meeks made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:07
+ 1 Jodie Meeks made 1st of 2 free throws 0:07
  Personal foul on Richaun Holmes 0:07
  Defensive rebound by Jodie Meeks 0:07
  Robert Covington missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:09
  20-second timeout called 0:11
+ 1 Evan Fournier made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:11
+ 1 Evan Fournier made 1st of 2 free throws 0:11
  Personal foul on Robert Covington 0:11
  Full timeout called 0:13
Team Stats
Points 109 112
Field Goals 39-102 (38.2%) 35-93 (37.6%)
3-Pointers 9-34 (26.5%) 4-23 (17.4%)
Free Throws 22-24 (91.7%) 38-46 (82.6%)
Total Rebounds 63 68
Offensive 13 14
Defensive 40 41
Team 10 13
Assists 26 19
Steals 15 10
Blocks 6 4
Turnovers 16 18
Fouls 34 22
Technicals 0 1
away team logo
R. Holmes PF 22
24 PTS, 14 REB, 4 AST
home team logo
N. Vucevic C 9
26 PTS, 13 REB, 2 AST
1234OTT
away team logo 76ers 26-44 2630271511109
home team logo Magic 26-452516332414112
Team Stats
away team logo76ers 26-44 109.0 PPG 47.5 RPG 26.5 APG
home team logoMagic 26-45 107.3 PPG 41.5 RPG 24.1 APG
Key Players
R. Holmes PF 4.8 PPG 3.8 RPG 1.0 APG 57.9 FG%
N. Vucevic C 16.8 PPG 7.1 RPG 2.9 APG 49.3 FG%
Top Scorers
R. Holmes PF 24 PTS 14 REB 4 AST
N. Vucevic C 26 PTS 13 REB 2 AST
38.2 FG% 37.6
26.5 3PT FG% 17.4
91.7 FT% 82.6
76ers
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
R. Holmes 42 24 14 4 1 1 1 6 11/19 1/4 1/1 5 9 47 -4
R. Covington 45 24 13 0 4 2 2 5 9/22 3/9 3/3 5 8 41 +1
D. Saric 26 18 5 0 1 1 1 6 6/14 2/5 4/4 0 5 24 -8
T. McConnell 34 16 1 11 3 0 3 0 6/15 0/2 4/4 0 1 39 -3
T. Luwawu 23 2 3 2 0 0 1 6 0/4 0/2 2/2 0 3 8 +5
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
R. Holmes 42 24 14 4 1 1 1 6 11/19 1/4 1/1 5 9 47 -4
R. Covington 45 24 13 0 4 2 2 5 9/22 3/9 3/3 5 8 41 +1
D. Saric 26 18 5 0 1 1 1 6 6/14 2/5 4/4 0 5 24 -8
T. McConnell 34 16 1 11 3 0 3 0 6/15 0/2 4/4 0 1 39 -3
T. Luwawu 23 2 3 2 0 0 1 6 0/4 0/2 2/2 0 3 8 +5
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
N. Stauskas 39 20 5 2 2 0 5 2 6/17 3/9 5/6 1 4 26 +1
S. Long 11 4 2 2 2 2 1 4 1/1 0/0 2/2 1 1 13 +1
J. Anderson 27 1 7 1 2 0 2 4 0/2 0/2 1/2 0 7 10 -8
S. Rodriguez 19 0 3 4 0 0 0 1 0/8 0/1 0/0 1 2 11 0
T. Splitter - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Bayless - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Henderson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Embiid - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Okafor - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Simmons - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 266 109 53 26 15 6 16 34 39/102 9/34 22/24 13 40 219 -15
Magic
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
N. Vucevic 36 26 13 2 1 0 0 2 10/23 0/1 6/6 5 8 44 0
E. Fournier 37 19 4 3 2 0 4 2 6/12 1/5 6/10 1 3 27 +6
A. Gordon 32 17 3 4 0 1 2 6 4/7 0/0 9/11 0 3 27 +3
T. Ross 35 15 5 2 1 1 4 1 4/15 2/9 5/5 0 5 22 0
E. Payton 31 10 13 4 3 1 4 5 5/9 0/0 0/0 5 8 31 +14
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
N. Vucevic 36 26 13 2 1 0 0 2 10/23 0/1 6/6 5 8 44 0
E. Fournier 37 19 4 3 2 0 4 2 6/12 1/5 6/10 1 3 27 +6
A. Gordon 32 17 3 4 0 1 2 6 4/7 0/0 9/11 0 3 27 +3
T. Ross 35 15 5 2 1 1 4 1 4/15 2/9 5/5 0 5 22 0
E. Payton 31 10 13 4 3 1 4 5 5/9 0/0 0/0 5 8 31 +14
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Meeks 20 9 4 0 0 0 1 1 1/9 0/3 7/9 0 4 12 +8
B. Biyombo 17 7 6 0 0 1 0 3 3/5 0/0 1/1 2 4 14 +3
D. Augustin 18 5 3 1 1 0 2 0 1/5 1/1 2/2 1 2 9 -7
J. Green 16 4 0 2 1 0 0 0 1/3 0/0 2/2 0 0 9 -3
C. Watson 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 2 2 -4
M. Hezonja 19 0 2 1 1 0 1 2 0/4 0/3 0/0 0 2 4 -5
C. Wilcox - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Rudez - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Zimmerman - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 265 112 55 19 10 4 18 22 35/93 4/23 38/46 14 41 201 +15