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Magic overwhelm Sixers in opener

Magic overwhelm Sixers in opener

Still, some spotty defense had Magic coach Stan Van Gundy mocking the success his team enjoyed offensively.

"Nobody has ever gone 82-0," Van Gundy said.

Marreese Speights had 26 points, and Elton Brand added eight points in his first regular-season game since missing most of 2008-09 with a right shoulder injury for Philadelphia.

"This is a heck of a team we played tonight," new Sixers coach Eddie Jordan said. "They got away from us a little bit in the first half with some layups in the open floor, but the 3s destroyed us."

The Magic didn't spend much time embracing last season's success.

The Eastern Conference championship banner was already hanging from the rafters before the game. A video montage of their playoff run only lasted about three minutes, and Van Gundy - in his usual play-the-game-already attitude - was stretched out in his chair on the bench during opening night introductions.

A perfect preseason behind them, the Magic showed signs that those exhibition wins weren't a fluke. They went down by five points early in the first quarter before showing why so many have them picked to again contend with Boston and Cleveland for a conference title.

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Added: October 29, 2009


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