The Philadelphia 76ers fell to a tie with the New York Knicksin the Eastern Conference standings with a 113-100 loss to the Orlando Magic on Monday night. The Sixers are now a 31-29 on the season, holding a two-game lead over the Milwaukee Bucks for the final conference playoff spot.
With Dwight Howard still nursing a back injury, the Magic looked to Ryan Anderson for post help. The 3rd-year power forward had a monster outing, putting up 26 points and 16 rebounds on the night. He went 11-for-16 shooting from the floor, helping Orlando shoot 53.3 percent for the night.
Jrue Holiday led the way for the Sixers offensively, scoring 18 and adding eight assists. Andre Iguodala, Thaddeus Young, Louis Williams and Evan Turner all hit double-digit scoring as the team shot 50 percent from the field. Unfortunately, Philadelphia had no counter to Anderson inside. They outrebounded 46 to 30 on the night.