The Philadelphia 76ers squandered an 18-point lead against the Chicago Bulls on Thursday in their first game back after the All-Star break but still managed to pull out a 116-115 victory. The 76ers, who went into the break with a five-game winning streak, will try to make it seven straight victories when they host the Orlando Magic on Saturday.

Philadelphia is enjoying its longest winning streak since a six-game run during the 2011-2012 season and is focused on moving up the standings in the Eastern Conference, with the third-place Cleveland Cavaliers only 2 1/2 games ahead entering play on Friday. "Everybody has been talking about playoff push," 76ers center Joel Embiid told reporters. "To me, we have a real chance of getting homecourt advantage. That's what I'm thinking right now, and that's the message I got to send to my teammates as a leader. The mindset was just about coming out here, getting a win, and keep pushing for that third or fourth seed." The Magic are not in the playoff chase and are just trying to stay off the bottom of the East after a 120-113 home setback to the New York Knicks on Thursday dropped them 22 games under .500. The loss was the fourth straight for Orlando, which is 7-23 on the road and kicks off a stretch with seven of 10 away from home on Saturday.

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ABOUT THE MAGIC (18-40): Orlando got healthier over the break and brought back center Nikola Vucevic (hand) and power forward Aaron Gordon (hip) from lengthy absences on Thursday. Vucevic scored 19 points on 8-of-11 shooting in 24 minutes but Gordon struggled to nine points on 3-of-9 while committing three turnovers in 25 minutes. "Out of sorts, out of rhythm and out of shape," Gordon, who missed nine games in front of the break, told reporters of his performance. "It's going to take some time and a couple of days to get my shape back. One thing I pride myself on is having a motor, but it wasn't there for me tonight. I've got to get my motor back."

ABOUT THE 76ERS (31-25): Embiid and Ben Simmons combined for 62 points on 24-of-35 shooting in Thursday's game and teamed up for the biggest play of the game when Embiid stole an inbounds pass with 5.9 seconds left and tipped it to Simmons, who was fouled and hit both free throws to clinch the win. "Ben had the confidence to step up and make two huge free throws," 76ers coach Brett Brown told reporters. "He has such strength of belief. ... He has tremendous inner confidence, so it doesn't surprise me. I judge people's body language perhaps too much, and when he stepped to the line, it looked like he wanted to shoot." Simmons also handed out 11 assists and collected seven rebounds in the win.


1. 76ers PF Dario Saric is averaging 18.3 points over the last six games.

2. Magic SF Evan Fournier is averaging 18 points and scored at least 20 in four of the last five contests.

3. Simmons (elbow) sat out a Nov. 25 meeting at home in which Philadelphia crushed Orlando 130-111.

PREDICTION: 76ers 113, Magic 106