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    Magic erase 17-point deficit, hold off Sixers in OT for first win streak in three months

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    Mar 21, 2017
    Nikola Vucevic had a huge double-double to lead the Magic to its first consecutive wins since December. AP

    NIKOLA Vucevic had 26 points and 13 rebounds, Evan Fournier added 19 points as the Orlando Magic staged a comeback from a 17-point deficit to defeat the Philadelphia 76ers 112-109 in overtime on Monday night (Tuesday, Manila time).

    Fournier scored eight points in overtime and Terrence Ross added four of his 15 markers in the extra period. It is the first time Orlando has won consecutive games since December.

    Ross’ jumper gave the Magic a 106-104 lead with 34.7 seconds left in overtime and hit two free throws with 17.4 seconds remaining. Fournier and Jodie Meeks sealed the win with four straight free throws.

    Aaron Gordon scored 17 for the Magic while Elfrid Payton added 10 points and 13 rebounds.

    Richaun Holmes and Robert Covington scored 24 points apiece for the 76ers. Dario Saric had 18 points before fouling out with 3:53 remaining in regulation for Philadelphia.

    The 76ers forced overtime when Justin Anderson converted 1 of 2 free throws with 20.7 seconds remaining to make it 98-98. A minute earlier, Payton scored on a layup to give the Magic a 98-97 lead.

    The Magic completed their comeback when Ross buried a pull-up jumper with 3:28 left to lead 94-92. Seconds earlier, Gordon made two free throws to tie it after Saric got his sixth foul.

    Holmes was on his way to a big night in the first half with 17 points and nine rebounds to help the 76ers take a 56-41 lead at the break. Holmes had his way around the rim against both Bismack Biyombo and Vucevic, helping Philadelphia outscore Orlando 36-20 in the paint during the first two quarters.

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    Nikola Vucevic had a huge double-double to lead the Magic to its first consecutive wins since December. AP
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