By Peter Gleason
The Orlando Magic are at the Wells tonight to play the Sixers, hoping they can contain rookie center Jahlil Okafor and former Magic point guard Ish Smith, who combined to bury the Magic 96-87 on Jan. 20.
Okafor led the way with 20 points and Smith added 13 with 11 assists as the 76ers (8-47) shot 48.6 percent and hit 9 for 19 from 3-point range. Okafor has shined in the last five games, averaging 21.4 points and 9.8 rebounds after scoring a season-high 31 in Sunday’s 129-103 loss at Dallas.
”The team was giving me the ball in great position to score, and I was just trying to keep being aggressive,” said Okafor after Sixers’ fourth straight loss and eighth in nine games.
The 76ers have averaged 109.0 points and hit 43.3 percent from 3 in the last three, but they’ve allowed 121.3 points per game.
Former 76ers center Nikola Vucevic, who did not play in that contest, has averaged 22.0 points and 12.8 rebounds over four consecutive double-doubles.