Pacers defeat host Magic for third straight winReuters | Orlando | Updated: 11-11-2019 07:08 IST | Created: 11-11-2019 07:02 IST
Domantas Sabonis led a balanced attack with 21 points Sunday night as the Indiana Pacers rallied from a halftime deficit to turn back the host Orlando Magic 109-102. T.J. Warren and Malcolm Brogdon chipped in with 19 points apiece and Doug McDermott added 18 off the bench as the Pacers, down 60-51 at the half, dominated the final 24 minutes en route to their third straight win.
Evan Fournier paced Orlando with 22 points. Brogdon hit three consecutive hoops at the end of a 12-0 Pacers run that opened the second half and turned their nine-point deficit into a 63-60 lead.
The Magic didn't score in the third period until Fournier buried a game-tying 3-pointer in the fifth minute of the quarter, and Aaron Gordon added a trey of his own to give Orlando back the lead. Orlando rebuilt a five-point advantage before Justin Holiday and McDermott buried consecutive 3-pointers late in the period, helping Indiana take an 81-77 advantage into the final 12 minutes.
The Magic got as close as 87-85 on a Gordon three-point play with 8:25 to play, but the Pacers pulled away, using another 12-point burst fueled by a pair of McDermott baskets to create a cushion. T.J. McConnell (12 points) and Holiday (11) also scored in double figures for Indiana, which outshot Orlando 52.2 percent to 46.1 percent.
Sabonis added a team-high 16 rebounds, and his seven assists were one shy of Brogdon's and McConnell's team-best eight. Almost all of Fournier's scoring came on six 3-pointers. The Magic made 15 in the game, outscoring the visitors 45-27 from beyond the arc.
Nikola Vucevic grabbed a game-high 17 rebounds to go with 18 points for the Magic, who were coming off a 32-point win over Memphis. Gordon added 13 points, Terrence Ross 12 and Jonathan Isaac 10 for Orlando.