The 76ers were nine point favorites last night when they welcomed the hapless Orlando Magic to the Wells Fargo Center last night. They outscored the Magic 20-18 in the first quarter and opened their lead to nine but then fell apart completely. They entered halftime down by five and came out after the break and couldn’t buy a bucket. The Magic went on an 11-0 run to open the third quarter. The Sixers were able to cut the Magic lead to seven. The Magic responded by opening the fourth quarter on a 15-3 run and pushed their lead to 21 when they went up 85-64. The Sixers could not rebound from the two runs and would go on to lose 98-84. It is their sixth consecutive loss and after the game Doug Collins laid it all out there in his press conference. More here.
The Flyers are still looking to get back to .500 and were dealt a blow yesterday. GM Paul Holmgren announced that they lost rookie Tye McGinn for at least two weeks with a broken orbital bone that he suffered during a fight on Monday night. Holmgren responded by trading a conditional draft pick to the Los Angeles Kings for former Flyer Simon Gagne. Gagne has no goals and five assists in 11 games this season for the Kings. He has been a healthy scratch the last three games. He played his first 10 seasons in Philadelphia scoring 259 goals for the team that drafted him. He will be in the lineup tonight against Washington. More here.
The nation’s top team went down again. In a Big Ten battle at Williams Arena in Minneapolis, MN, the Indiana Hoosiers took on the Minnesota Golden Gophers. Indiana took a 34-30 lead into the locker room but Minnesota stormed back in the second half. Minnesota responded by outscoring the Hoosiers 47-39 in the second half. The Gophers were led by Trevor Mbakwe’s 21 points and 12 rebounds. It was the seventh time this year that the No. 1 team has lost. More here.