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.
🇦🇺 @BenSimmons25 stuffs the stat sheet in the @sixers' 114-106 win over the @OrlandoMagic #HereTheyCome- NBA Australia (@NBA_AU) March 6, 2019
📊 16 PTS | 13 REB | 8 AST | 2 STL pic.twitter.com/lRkGeKl2BN
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.
JJ Redick scores a game-high 26 points shooting six for nine from three point range in the win over Orlando. #HereTheyCome pic.twitter.com/DQLPqTZ8RT- Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers) March 6, 2019
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.
LATE GAME BUCKETS pic.twitter.com/GoFukhQBBB- Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers) March 6, 2019
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.
The atmosphere that I've tried to create here is that I'm a friend first and a boss second, and probably an entertainer third. pic.twitter.com/K57OXyZSXJ- Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers) March 6, 2019
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.