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Sometimes it takes a while for a team to come together and that is what Jimmy Butler seems to expect from the Philadelphia 76ers.
“We’re going to be just fine because once we put this together, we’re going to be tough,” Butler told reporters after the Sixers’ 111-106 loss at the Orlando Magic on Wednesday.
Butler arrived Monday following a trade with the Minnesota Timberwolves. He scored 14 points on 6-of-12 shooting in his Sixers debut.
His addition to Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons is expected to turn the Sixers into a true contender to emerge from the Eastern Conference.
Everything was going well for the Sixers until the fourth quarter — when the Magic scored 21 unanswered points and the Sixers went the final 3 1/2 minutes without a field goal.
“You don’t just click your heels and win NBA games,” Sixers coach Brett Brown said. “We will use this as a way to remind everyone that this is the NBA.”
Still, the Sixers had a shot until Magic forward Terrence Ross hit a 3-pointer to break a tie with 8.7 seconds left.
“A lot has been going on, but that’s no excuse for not winning,” Butler said. “No matter what, we’re expected to win. I’m expecting to win, and we’re expecting to win as a team. So that isn’t an excuse.”
J.J. Redick led the Sixers with 22 points and Embiid collected a triple-double of 19 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists. Nikola Jokic led the Magic with a game-high 30 points.