Sixers roll into the new year with a blowout win over the Magic

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LOS ANGELES, CA – DECEMBER 01: Dallas Mavericks guard Seth Curry (30) before an NBA game between the Dallas Mavericks and the Los Angeles Lakers on December 01, 2019, at Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Jevone Moore/Icon Sportswire)

The Sixers took care of business down in Orlando.

Despite the Orlando Magic’s undefeated record heading into tonight’s matchup, the Sixers ultimately handled them pretty easily. They won by a score of 116-92, sending their fans into the new year with something to smile about. It was a convincing performance from pretty much everyone involved, really setting up Philadelphia with something to build upon moving into 2021.

The Sixers’ starting five was spectacular tonight – as everyone scored at least once and Joel Embiid, Tobias Harris, and Seth Curry all posted 20+. Embiid was his usual dominant self down low (21pts, 9reb), but it was Curry who in all honesty stole the show tonight. He also put up 21 points, shooting 5-7 from beyond the arc and 7-12 from the field. His presence on the court was a nightmare for Orlando’s defense, as it resulted in a handful of easy buckets for Embiid down low.

Harris was a game-high +30 in the box score, remaining crucially efficient on offense (20pts, 9reb, 3ast, 8-15 shooting). Ben Simmons was also one point and 2 assists shy of a triple-double, nailing his first three-pointer of the season.

The Sixers bench (a surprisingly fun bright spot this season) was also pretty elective tonight. Shake Milton and Tyrese Maxey combined for 24 points, Matisse Thybule contributed a clean seven, and Dwight Howard poured in nine against his former team (he also hit a three!).

The Sixers coasted through this New Year’s Eve special – leading by 30+ for the majority of the evening. While the Magic aren’t contenders by any stretch of the imagination, it’s still a “feel good” win for a Philadelphia squad that is ultimately focused on building chemistry at the moment. If Philly keeps playing like this every night, plenty of more wins will be sure to follow.

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