Sixers begin long road trip in Orlando

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Orlando Magic will try to end a losing streak Sunday night as they continue a homestand at Amway Center against the Philadelphia 76ers.

The Magic have lost three in a row and started this stay with a 101-94 loss to the Utah Jazz on Friday night.

The Jazz jumped on the Magic early, taking a 12-point lead after the first quarter. Utah took a 49-43 margin into the break.

Trey Burke banked in a jumper to cap a 10-5 sprint and help Utah re-establish control, staking it to a 62-52 spread. It was up by as many as 17 before settling for an 81-66 margin going into the fourth.

Orlando never got within less than six in the final 12 minutes.

"We just have to play harder," said Orlando guard Evan Fournier. "We can't be down 12 against Utah in the first quarter. That's on us."

Tobias Harris netted 24 points and Fournier provided 21 for the Magic, who have dropped five of their last six games. Nikola Vucevic had 16 points and nine rebounds and Elfrid Payton scored 11 off the bench.

The Magic still have to face the Boston Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers on this homestand.

The Sixers have lost five straight, including all three on a recent residency at home. They begin a seven-game road trip Sunday then visit the Miami Heat, Portland Trail Blazers, Utah Jazz, Golden State Warriors, Phoenix Suns and Los Angeles Clippers.

On Friday, the Sixers fell to the Charlotte Hornets, 109-91.

The loss dropped the Sixers to 0-14 at home this season. They are five losses from matching the 1993-94 Dallas Mavericks (0-19) for the worst home start in NBA history, but they won't be getting closer to the mark any time soon. Their next home game is Jan. 5 against Cleveland.

Robert Covington and Tony Wroten scored 19 points apiece to lead Philadelphia and Michael Carter-Williams had 14 points and 10 assists.

The Sixers trailed by 20 at the half.

"The first half set the stage" for the loss, said Sixers coach Brett Brown. "I thought the second half was better. We searched and found a group that got us (closer)."

The Sixers traded guard Alexey Shved to Houston on Friday as part of the three-team deal that sent Corey Brewer from the Minnesota Timberwolves to the Rockets.

In return, the Sixers got injured forward Ronny Turiaf from Minnesota and a 2015 second-round draft pick from Houston.

The Sixers also acquired the rights to Spanish League player Sergei Lishchuk, who was drafted 10 years ago but has never played in the NBA.

The Magic dispatched the Sixers by two in Philly on Nov. 5 when Harris made a buzzer-beater. Orlando has taken three straight in the series and six in a row as the host.