The Philadelphia 76ers are just hanging on to a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Every win is very important as your team goes down the stretch in the regular season. The Sixers on Monday night went into Orlando and they knew it would be a very tough game against the Magic. The Magic were shorthanded in the game but they just took the play to the Sixers and defeated Philadelphia, 113-100 and the Sixers are seeing their playoff hopes beginning to slip out of their hands. The Sixers dropped into a tie with the New York Knicks, both with a 31-29 record, the Knicks hold the tiebreaker over the Sixers because they have beaten the Sixers two out of three this season.
Ryan Anderson of the Orlando Magic scored 26 points and had 16 rebounds on the Sixers. He was 11 for 16 from the field and he just totally hurt the 76ers on the night.
The Sixers had a six point lead after the first quarter and had played some pretty good defense against Orlando. Things began to change and the defense of the 76ers fell apart. The Orlando Magic exploded in the second quarter and put 40 points on the scoreboard on the Sixers. Remember the Magic were playing the game with their superstar player, Dwight Howard and also were without his backup as well, Glen Davis. The Magic improved their record to 36-25.
Jrue Holiday led the Philadelphia 76ers on the night with 18 points and eight assists. Evan Turner had 13 points and five rebounds for the Sixers. Andre Iguodala, Thaddeus Young, and Lou Williams each scored 15 points but it was not enough for the Sixers who are now beginning to fall apart and very well could not make the playoffs. What a far cry to where they were just over a month ago. They were leading the Atlantic Division and playing good basketball and now they are just trying to survive and just make the playoffs.
Jamir Nelson, a Philadelphia native and former St Joseph's Hawk star, had 16 points and 13 assists. J.J. Redick had 18 points and Richardson had 17 points as the Magic make their playoff push.
The Sixers were totally out rebounded by the Magic. The Sixers defense fell apart in the game and this has to be a huge concern to Sixers head coach Doug Collins because this is how this team was successful during most of this season. As the season comes to its stretch run the defense is beginning to struggle and that is not good. It just does not look good for this team right now. Doug Collins appears to have done this with mirrors. This team is totally lacking that go to guy and teams have figured it out. Can the Sixers get into the playoffs? Well right now that is not in their mind. Playing good basketball is. This team is not playing well and that is a huge big concern right now.