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Sixers-Magic observations, best and worst awards: Jimmy Butler, Joel Embiid, another blown double-digit lead

The Sixers defense was terrible all night.

Joel Embiid dunks during the second half of the loss to the Magic.
Joel Embiid dunks during the second half of the loss to the Magic.Read moreJohn Raoux / AP

ORLANDO — Here are my main takeaways and best and worst awards from the 76ers' 111-106 loss to the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night at Amway Center.

Five observations

– Jimmy Butler was very deferential. He did not come into the game saying, "I'm going to come in here and establish myself as the alpha dog" right away. He was a little bit more aggressive and more of a vocal leader in the fourth quarter.

  Joel Embiid played an interesting game in that he was on the perimeter for most of it. That was mind-boggling considering he dominated recent games by playing "bully ball" on the block.

– The Sixers defense was terrible. The Magic were able to get any shot they wanted with little, if any, resistance.

– It's not surprising that the Magic battled back from a 16-point, fourth-quarter deficit when you look at the guard lineup the Sixers used at the start of the quarter. Markelle Fultz, JJ Redick and Furkan Korkmaz were at a huge disadvantage. And as expected, they provided little resistance as a group.

– The Sixers should have played T.J. McConnell. On a night when they struggled to make perimeter stops, the gritty reserve point guard could have provided a defensive spark.

Best and worst

Best performance: I had to give this to Terrence Ross even though Magic center Nik Vucevic had a game-high 30 points and Embiid recorded his first triple-double. Ross scored 15 points and made 3 of 5 three-pointers. His biggest shot gave the Magic a 109-106 advantage with 8.7 seconds left.

Worst performance: This goes to Evan Fournier. The Magic shooting guard had nine points on 4-for-12 shooting. He missed 4 of 5 three-pointers and had four turnovers.

Best defensive performance: Magic power forward Aaron Gordon gets this for his two blocks and a steal.

Worst statistic: This goes to the Sixers' shooting 38.9 percent in the fourth quarter.

Best statistic: This goes to the Magic's making all seven of their shots and all four of their free throws during their 21-0 fourth-quarter run.

Worst of the worst: The Sixers surrendered another double-digit lead. This is becoming routine.