Philadelphia 76ers

Redick's hot shooting night, Simmons' double-double lead 76ers past Magic

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JJ Redick had the hot hand in Philly, leading the 76ers to a 114-96 win over the Orlando Magic.

Tobias Harris added 21 points and 12 rebounds, while Ben Simmons continued his recent form, recording 16 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists.

Redick's big night was exactly what he and the 76ers needed, with the 34-year-old shooting just 25% from three (9-of-36) over his past five games. Redick laid the foundation for the win, scoring 19 of his 26 points in the first half on 5-of-6 shooting from deep, helping the 76ers take a 70-64 lead at the half.

Both teams couldn't miss through the first two quarters, until the 76ers clamped down on defence in the third, holding the Magic to just 18 points on 30% shooting to extend their lead to 94-82 heading into the fourth.

After leading by 10 points early in the fourth quarter, the 76ers let the lead slip, with a Nikola Vucevic bucket cutting the lead to just 101-99. With the game in the balance, the Magic, who are fighting for the eighth seed in the East, missed their next five shots, before Jimmy Butler buried a pair of tough jumpers to extend Philly's lead.

After Jonathan Isaac's missed shot, Mike Scott iced the game with a dagger three-pointer from deep to put the 76ers up 108-102.

All five 76ers starters scored in double figures, with Amir Johnson impressing in the middle in the absence of Joel Embiid (knee soreness), Boban Marjanovic (knee sprain) and Jonah Bolden (sinusitis).

With the win, the 76ers move to 25-9 at home and 41-23 overall, sitting fourth in the Eastern Conference.

For the Magic, Evan Fournier led the way with 25 points, while Aaron Gordon added 24 points and nine rebounds. Nikola Vucevic recorded 12 points and 12 rebounds, with the Magic now sitting 10th in the East, 1.5 games back of the Charlotte Hornets in the eighth seed after dropping their second game in a row.

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