GRADES: Philadelphia 76ers 116, Orlando Magic 92

The Philadelphia 76ers headed down to the “most magical place on Earth” to end 2020 with a BANG and extinguish the previously undefeated Orlando Magic. 

The Philadelphia 76ers came out blazing their way towards a victory. Ben Simmons shocked everyone and shut down the James Harden rumors with a corner 3 to create momentum. The fun didn’t end there though. The Sixers looked like they were working on their New Year’s Resolutions early as everyone was hitting shots from the floor and beyond.

Joel Embiid came out LARGE working it on offense as he spun around Nikola Vučević in the paint for an enormous slam and his signature flex afterward. Our guys ended up leading 38-22 at the end of the first while shooting 6 of 10 from beyond.

Just a few days after the Sixers picked up Matisse Thybulle’s third-year deal, he scored his first points of the season. Not only that but he hit two 3s in the first half. This sort of confidence and energy was executed by the whole team. Suddenly the only undefeated team in the NBA (Magic) were down by 35 points at the end of the first half. Boy, was that a shoulders-down, dance around the living room kind of halftime.

JOEL EMBIID

C, Philadelphia 76ers

A

26 mins | 21 pts | 9 reb | 2 ast | 0 stl | 2 blk | 0 TO | 7-11 FG | 1-2 3PT| 6-8 FT | 2 PF | +24 | 

Jojo looked like his old self with how much fun he was having. We saw him do some dances, shimmies, and lots of smiles. Is it too early to say “MVP”?

BEN SIMMONS

PG, Philadelphia 76ers

B+

24 mins | 9 pts | 10 reb | 8 ast | 2 stl | 0 blk | 2 TO | 3-7 FG | 1-1 3PT| 2-2 FT | 3 PF | +26 | 

I’m still buzzing over Ben’s corner three, but I’m trying not to make a huge deal out of it. The last time he hit a three everyone got their hopes up but were just let down. I would have liked to see him drive in the paint more like he usually does.

SETH CURRY

SG, Philadelphia 76ers

A

24 mins | 21 pts | 1 reb | 3 ast | 1 stl | 0 blk | 1 TO | 7-12 FG | 5-7 3PT| 2-2 FT | 1 PF | +22 | 

I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it once again, it’s so nice to have a reliable three-point shooter. I don’t have to cringe, tense up, or hold my breath when the ball leaves his fingertips.

It looks as though Tobi read the slander on Sixers’ Twitter and wanted to prove us wrong. He’s definitely has a long way to go to play up to his contract, but I’m liking the way he’s looking lately.

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TOBIAS HARRIS

PF, Philadelphia 76ers

A

26 mins | 20 pts | 9 reb | 3 ast | 0 stl | 1 blk | 1 TO | 8-15 FG | 3-4 3PT| 1-1 FT | 2 PF | +29 | 

It looks as though Tobi read the slander on Sixers’ Twitter and wanted to prove us wrong. He’s definitely has a long way to go to play up to his contract, but I’m liking the way he’s looking lately.