ORLANDO — Here is my look at some of the best and worst performances from the 76ers’ 98-97 loss to the Orlando Magic on Friday night at Amway Center.
Best performance: I had to give this award to Evan Fournier. The Magic shooting guard finished with a team-high 20 points on 8-for-14 and had two steals. Nine of his points and one of his steals came in the fourth quarter. With the Magic clinging to a three-point lead, Fournier stole the inbounds pass and was fouled by Tobias Harris. He made split a pair of foul shots to give Orlando a 98-94 advantage.
Worst performance: This was a tough one, but I had to give this award to Furkan Korkmaz for going missing in action after intermission. The Sixers reserve guard finished with seven points on 3-for-9 shooting in addition to finishing with two steals and three turnovers in 21 minutes, 31 seconds. However, he only attempted one shot — a miss — in the second half. That shot came in the third quarter. His only other stat in the second half was a turnover.
Best defensive performance: This award goes to Jonathan Isaac. The Magic forward had three blocks to go with one steal.
Worst statistic: I have to give this to the Magic’s foul shooting. Orlando only made 60.9% (14 of 23) — including 7 of 13 in the fourth quarter. Their misses from the foul line allowed the Sixers to get back into what should have been a double-digit setback.
Best statistic: This goes to the Sixers’ first-half foul shooting. They shot 90.9% (10 of 11) from the foul line.