76ers/Magic Best-Worst: Fournier, free-throw disparity and Sixers' fourth-quarter meltdown

Evan Fournier of Orlando vs Sixers
Orlando Magic's Evan Fournier makes a shot against the Philadelphia 76ers during the second half of their game on Monday, March 20, 2017, in Orlando, Fla. Orlando won in overtime 112-109.

ORLANDO – Here is my look at some of the best and worst performances from the Orlando Magic’s  112-109 overtime victory over the 76ers Monday night at the Amway Center:

Best performance: Evan Fournier, Magic shooting guard, gets this award despite two of his teammates, Nik Vucevic and Elfrid Payton, posting double-doubles.  Fournier scored seven of Orlando’s 14 points in the overtime. He finished with 19 points on 6-for-12 shooting to go with three assists, two steals  and four turnovers.  While his turnovers were glaring, Fournier’s overtime efforts helped to will the Magic to victory.

Worst performance: This goes to Mario Hezonja. The Magic swingman missed all four of his field-goal attempts en route to being held scoreless.  He graded out at minus-5 in his 19 minutes, 18 seconds of action.

Best defensive performance:  Bismack Biyombo wins this award. The Magic reserve center helped hold Richaun Holmes to seven points after intermission.  Biyombo also blocked one of Holmes’ shots.

Best performance by a Sixer: This was a tough one, but I had to give it to Holmes even though he was less productive in the second half.  The center finished with a career-high-tying 24 points to go with a career-high 14 rebounds. He also had four rebounds, one steal and one block in 42 minutes. He made 11 of 19 shots.

Worst statistic: I had to give this to Orlando’s three-point shooting. The Magic missed 19 of their 23 attempts.


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Best statistic: This goes to the Sixers’ foul shooting … when they were able to attempt them (inside joke here.) They made 91.7 percent (22 of 24) of their foul shots.

Best of the best: This goes to Orlando’s foul shooting. As good as the Sixers were from the line, they attempted 22 fewer foul shots than the Magic. Those extra free throws led to the Magic’s victory. They made 38 of 46.

Worst of the worst: This goes to the Sixers’ fourth-quarter performance. They shot 28.6 percent and committed seven of their 16 turnovers in the period.

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