Sixers start fast to knock off Magic, remain undefeated in preseason
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The Philadelphia 76ers continued their preseason schedule on Sunday by heading to Orlando and facing off with old friend Markelle Fultz and the Magic. Much like in their win on Friday, they used a fast start to fuel a win as they finished off the Magic 126-94 to remain unbeaten in preseason play.
They outscored Orlando 26-14 in the opening quarter as they welcomed big man Joel Embiid back to the lineup after he missed the game on Friday to rest. The superstar big man finished with 15 points and nine rebounds in 21:51 of playing time to lead Philadelphia and he played in the second half as well as coach Brett Brown begins to ramp up the minutes to get them ready for the regular season.
Tobias Harris had 14 points while knocking down two three-pointers, Josh Richardson added 13 points, five assists, and five steals, and Al Horford had 11 points while rookie Matisse Thybulle added 10. The big bugaboo was the number of turnovers as the Sixers committed 24 of them, but they were able to overcome that to get the win.
In terms of the backup point guard battle, the main focus was on Richardson as the Sixers wanted him to be part of the battle on Sunday. Raul Neto did play late in the fourth and had seven points while Trey Burke was scoreless in his playing time late.
Fultz had 12 points and five assists for Orlando as most of his shot attempts were layups.
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