Joel Embiid had 21 points and nine rebounds in three quarters and the Philadelphia 76ers gave the Orlando Magic their first loss with a 116-92 win on Thursday night (Friday AEDT)

For the first time in franchise history, the Magic had a 4-0 start for the first time in franchise history, as the 76ers, who even got a 3-pointer from Ben Simmons, surprisingly shot from the outside

Philadelphia, ranked 27th in the NBA with 3-point accuracy came into play, made eight of his first 12 attempts from outside the bow and built a lead of up to 37 points on

in the first half

Seth Curry added 21 points and five 3-point points, and Tobias Harris scored 20 points, nine rebounds and three 3-point points for Philadelphia (4-1), who scored 38 points in the first quarter and at halftime Had 75 points

“Tonight we moved this ball well and mistook it for 3-point strikes from the doubles team and drove the basketball,” said Curry, who took seven of twelve strokes and five of seven 3 strokes

Simmons, who only sank the third 3-pointer of his career in the first quarter, finished the race with nine points, ten rebounds and eight assists

“We know we have a lot of potential and opportunity to grow, but it’s good to be 4-1 already,” said Curry

Nikola Vucevic finished the Magic with 19 points and 10 rebounds, while rookie guard Cole Anthony scored 16 points from the bench

“We’re not putting enough effort into guarding the ball and helping us. We’re not,” said Magic trainer Steve Clifford

“We don’t do things that we’ve been very good at for two years, and those are the difficult things ”

Orlando was without reserve guard Terrence Ross because of a right Achilles tendon irritation – his top scorer with 21 points per game

The Magic also lost Evan Fournier’s start protection eight minutes after the start of the game due to back problems

He had three points and two assists and was watching the one-sided second half from the bench

Already increased to 38-22 after a quarter, the Sixers made 14 of 22 shots and four of seven 3-pointers in the second half to extend their lead to 72-35 towards the end of the first half

Harris and Curry scored three 3-point hits each at the beginning, while Matisse Thybulle sank two shots from a distance in the first half

76ers: Dwight Howard, who starred in Orlando from 2004 to 2012, was booed when he first checked into the game, and fans cheered mockingly when he caught his first foul nine seconds later

Howard drilled Philadelphia’s 14th quarter in the fourth quarter 3 pointers of the game – and the 10th his 17 year NBA career

Sixers coach Doc Rivers said he was “surprised” at the number of “maskless” citizens walking around downtown Orlando the day before

When asked if he felt safe, Rivers said, “I do that in the arena you go from state to state but you still have the same NBA protocols and that’s really important ”

Magic: James Ennis III, who the magic acquired last February in a deal with Philadelphia, was doing exercises on Thursday (Friday AEDT) and Clifford said the striker is about to return

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