Tobias Harris stepped to the free-throw line with 14.1 seconds remaining Sunday night with a personal milestone at stake. He needed to sink both foul shots to score his 30th and 31st points of the night and reach a new career high.

Harris made both shots, and the Orlando Magic finished their 92-81 win over the atrocious Philadelphia 76ers with a bit of a cushion.

"We knew as a team that this is a game that we had to win just because we lost to Miami [on Saturday night]," Harris said. "This was a tough kind of game mentally for both teams. They were coming off a game playing yesterday, and so were we. Mentally, you have to get yourself ready before the game — way before the game — and withstand it throughout the whole game."

But why did it take so long for the Magic to generate a cushion over the hapless Sixers, a team that now has lost 14 consecutive games?

The easy answer is that the Magic played without the linchpins to their team, veteran guards Jameer Nelson and Arron Afflalo.

Still, even without Nelson and Afflalo, Orlando shouldn't have trailed Philadelphia by nine points with 2:29 remaining in the third quarter.

Orlando then went on a 13-2 run.

The run concluded when Kyle O'Quinn scored on a putback dunk after a missed shot by E'Twaun Moore.

"It was a big moment," O'Quinn said. "We just wanted to make something happen. The ball came off perfectly for me."

O'Quinn's slam put the Magic ahead 71-69.

Philly's Tony Wroten followed by making a running hook to tie the score, but Andrew Nicholson countered by sinking a jumper from 18 feet to put Orlando ahead 73-71.