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J.J. Redick hits 8 3s, 76ers send Magic to 8th straight loss

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Filling in for the injured Ben Simmons at point guard, T.J. McConnell had a plan.

''Anytime you see J.J. open, give him the ball,'' he said.

Smart decision.

J.J. Redick hit eight 3-pointers and scored 29 points, and the Philadelphia 76ers cruised without Simmons to a 130-111 victory over the skidding Orlando Magic on Saturday night.

''He's a point guard's dream when it comes to shooters,'' said McConnell, who had 15 points, 13 assists and seven rebounds. ''He's the best I've ever played with.''

Joel Embiid shook off an illness that left him in bed all day to score 18 points and grab 14 rebounds, and the Sixers didn't miss a beat with Simmons missing his first game of the season with swelling in his left elbow.

Redick hit six first-half 3s, four coming in the final 3:10 of the second quarter, as the Sixers built a 70-55 halftime lead.

''I kind of blacked out there in the second quarter,'' Redick said, smiling. ''No, when you hit a couple shots in a row, the ball is like a magnet and your teammates are kind of looking for you. . T.J. did a great job seeking me out.''

Elfrid Payton had 22 points, eight rebounds and nine assists in another miserable defensive performance for the Magic, who have lost eight straight.

''Just not a good enough defensive disposition,'' Magic coach Frank Vogel said. ''We're not going to beat anybody giving up 130 points.''

The Sixers shot 51 percent in winning their third straight game to move to 11-7 as they try to finally turn the corner after years of losing.

Philadelphia, thinking it could finally compete this season, signed Redick to a one-year, $23 million contract in July.

Redick said watching the Sixers' unselfishness in previous seasons attracted him.

''Sometimes with the intention of sort of, maybe not trying to win at times, but I like how they played,'' Redick said in a wink to the Sixers' ''Process'' rebuild.

Redick, drafted 11th overall by the Magic in 2006, was part of a humming offense without their star rookie. Redick hit 10 of 18 shots, 12 of them 3-point attempts.

After missing his first NBA season with a broken right foot, Simmons had played in the Sixers' first 17 games and been one of the league's top rookies.

Sixers coach Brett Brown said his team would continue to play fast even without Simmons because advanced metrics show the Magic struggle when opponents push the pace.

And defense was Vogel's biggest worry before the game, when he called his team's transition in Friday's loss to Boston ''garbage.'' Asked if he would be quick to pull players who make defensive mistakes, he said, ''I would hope that I wouldn't have to coach that way, but they're showing me that I do.''

Before the game was 4 minutes old, Vogel had yanked Payton and Aaron Gordon.

''Trying to teach,'' Vogel said.

The moves didn't work, as the Magic allowed 70 first-half points a night after giving up 73 in Boston.

Gordon scored 16 points and Nikola Vucevic added 14 points and 14 rebounds.

TIP-INS

Magic: Vogel, who grew up in nearby Wildwood Crest, New Jersey, had about 40 friends and family on hand, including his parents and brother. ''This always feels like home,'' he said. . F Jonathan Simmons played despite a sore right quadriceps.

76ers: Brown didn't know if Simmons would play Monday against LeBron James and Cleveland, but acknowledged ''we get who's coming into town.'' . Jerryd Bayless served as backup point guard and hit a 3 and made a driving layup in the final minute of the third quarter to make it 101-85. . New Phillies manager Gabe Kapler rang the replica Liberty Bell before the game.

EMBIID SICK

Embiid played 28:32 after skipping the morning shootaround.

''I missed two years of basketball (with injuries) and I don't want to ever be in the type of setting where because I'm sick I'm not able to play,'' he said. ''I just want to be on the court.''

UP NEXT

The Magic visit Indiana on Monday as Vogel faces the team he coached for six seasons.

The 76ers host Cleveland on Monday in the fifth game of six straight at home.

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Key Players
A. Gordon
00 F
J. Embiid
21 C
29.3 Min. Per Game 29.3
22.7 Pts. Per Game 22.7
3.3 Ast. Per Game 3.3
11.0 Reb. Per Game 11.0
50.5 Field Goal % 50.2
50.9 Three Point % 51.0
76.4 Free Throw % 75.5
  Defensive rebound by Furkan Korkmaz 0:02
  Marreese Speights missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:06
+ 2 Richaun Holmes made dunk, assist by Furkan Korkmaz 0:13
  Bad pass turnover on Mario Hezonja, stolen by Furkan Korkmaz 0:17
  Defensive rebound by Bismack Biyombo 0:31
  Furkan Korkmaz missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:34
+ 2 Marreese Speights made layup, assist by Bismack Biyombo 0:42
  Defensive rebound by Marreese Speights 0:54
  Furkan Korkmaz missed jump shot 0:56
  Offensive rebound by Amir Johnson 1:03
  Richaun Holmes missed 3-pt. jump shot 1:06
Team Stats
Points 111 130
Field Goals 39-86 (45.3%) 48-95 (50.5%)
3-Pointers 12-31 (38.7%) 16-34 (47.1%)
Free Throws 21-31 (67.7%) 18-20 (90.0%)
Total Rebounds 50 56
Offensive 7 11
Defensive 34 42
Team 9 3
Assists 22 35
Steals 8 7
Blocks 5 2
Turnovers 9 11
Fouls 17 22
Technicals 0 0
22 PTS, 8 REB, 9 AST
15 PTS, 7 REB, 13 AST
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away team logo Magic 8-12 28273026111
home team logo 76ers 11-7 31393129130
Team Stats
away team logo Magic 8-12 104.3 PPG 42.4 RPG 25.6 APG
home team logo 76ers 11-7 113.8 PPG 47.4 RPG 26.3 APG
Key Players
E. Payton G PPG RPG APG FG%
J. Redick F 18.3 PPG 2.2 RPG 3.0 APG 43.5 FG%
Top Scorers
E. Payton G 22 PTS 8 REB 9 AST
J. Redick F 29 PTS 5 REB 1 AST
45.3 FG% 50.5
38.7 3PT FG% 47.1
67.7 FT% 90.0
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
E. Payton 29 22 8 9 1 0 2 0 9/17 3/5 1/2 5 3 47 -10
A. Gordon 35 16 9 2 1 2 0 0 4/10 2/4 6/6 1 8 32 -9
N. Vucevic 32 14 14 3 1 0 1 2 5/15 0/4 4/6 1 13 34 -1
E. Fournier 32 13 2 1 1 0 2 1 4/9 2/5 3/4 0 2 16 -6
T. Ross 30 5 3 5 3 1 0 4 1/2 0/0 3/4 0 3 22 -6
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
E. Payton 29 22 8 9 1 0 2 0 9/17 3/5 1/2 5 3 47 -10
A. Gordon 35 16 9 2 1 2 0 0 4/10 2/4 6/6 1 8 32 -9
N. Vucevic 32 14 14 3 1 0 1 2 5/15 0/4 4/6 1 13 34 -1
E. Fournier 32 13 2 1 1 0 2 1 4/9 2/5 3/4 0 2 16 -6
T. Ross 30 5 3 5 3 1 0 4 1/2 0/0 3/4 0 3 22 -6
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Augustin 17 14 0 1 0 0 1 1 5/10 3/5 1/1 0 0 15 -9
J. Simmons 24 13 1 0 1 0 1 3 6/11 0/1 1/4 0 1 14 -21
M. Speights 14 11 1 0 0 0 0 3 4/10 2/7 1/2 0 1 12 -16
B. Biyombo 13 3 3 1 0 2 1 2 1/2 0/0 1/2 0 3 9 -12
A. Afflalo 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 -5
S. Mack 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 0
M. Hezonja 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 -1 0
W. Iwundu - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Artis - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Payne - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Birch - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Isaac - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 111 41 22 8 5 9 17 39/86 12/31 21/31 7 34 200 -95
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Redick 33 29 5 1 0 0 1 2 10/18 8/12 1/1 2 3 35 +13
D. Saric 33 21 7 4 0 0 2 2 8/13 1/4 4/4 3 4 34 +9
J. Embiid 28 18 14 6 0 0 5 3 7/17 1/1 3/4 4 10 39 +12
T. McConnell 36 15 7 13 3 1 1 2 7/12 1/1 0/0 1 6 51 +12
R. Covington 28 14 8 2 1 0 1 2 5/7 2/4 2/3 0 8 26 +3
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Redick 33 29 5 1 0 0 1 2 10/18 8/12 1/1 2 3 35 +13
D. Saric 33 21 7 4 0 0 2 2 8/13 1/4 4/4 3 4 34 +9
J. Embiid 28 18 14 6 0 0 5 3 7/17 1/1 3/4 4 10 39 +12
T. McConnell 36 15 7 13 3 1 1 2 7/12 1/1 0/0 1 6 51 +12
R. Covington 28 14 8 2 1 0 1 2 5/7 2/4 2/3 0 8 26 +3
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Bayless 23 14 2 4 2 0 1 2 5/11 2/5 2/2 0 2 25 +19
T. Luwawu-Cabarrot 23 9 2 2 0 0 0 5 1/7 1/4 6/6 0 2 15 +23
A. Johnson 18 6 6 1 0 1 0 2 3/5 0/1 0/0 1 5 15 +3
R. Holmes 10 4 1 1 0 0 0 2 2/3 0/1 0/0 0 1 7 +1
J. Pullen 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 0
F. Korkmaz 1 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0/2 0/1 0/0 0 1 4 0
J. Anderson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
N. Stauskas - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. McAdoo - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Okafor - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Simmons - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Fultz - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 234 130 53 35 7 2 11 22 48/95 16/34 18/20 11 42 251 +95