There’s an old adage that applies to the Sixers’ 78-61 victory over the banged-up and lowly Orlando Magic on Monday night at the Wells Fargo Center.

To that, the Sixers may have won the battle but could lose the war.

That certainly seems to be the case after the Sixers won their third straight game for the first time in more than two months, but lost Thad Young to a hamstring injury. Sure, the Sixers held the Magic (14-34) to a record-low scoring game by an opponent at the Wells Fargo Center, but the price was steep.

For now, the Sixers are saying Young has a hamstring strain and he’s going to miss a few games. The team also announced that Young will undergo an MRI on Tuesday.

“Thad’s the one guy on our team that will dive for those loose balls,” head coach Doug Collins said. “He lays himself out and, unfortunately, he got hurt on the play.”

The injury came with 5:46 remaining in the first half when Young was battling Orlando’s Gustavo Ayon for a rebound after a missed shot by Nik Vucevic. When the ball got loose and was bouncing toward the Sixers’ bench, Young laid out to keep it in bounds and appeared to overextend his left leg.

Spencer Hawes corralled the rebound and while the Sixers began to set up their offense, Young was writhing on the floor in front of the bench, clearly in serious pain.

“Thad does so much for this team on both ends of the floor and in the locker room,” Hawes said. “It’s tough to see someone go down, especially on that kind of play. I didn’t see the whole thing, but I saw him going after it. You can’t replace someone like that with what he brings every night. We’re going to have to figure it out as a team how we’re going to be able to compensate for what we lose without his presence there.”

Young’s injury is significant for a multitude of reasons. For one, he’s been the Sixers’ most consistent performer this season, routinely a threat for a double-double and always ready to inject energy into the team’s defense. In fact, last week Young was given the assignment to guard Carmelo Anthony, Zach Randolph, Nene and DeMarcus Cousins in consecutive games. With Young leading the defense, the Sixers won three out of four games.