Oladipo, Bogdanovic lead Pacers over Magic 105-97
ABS-CBN Sports on Nov 21, 2017 10:54 AM
Victor Oladipo NBA file photo
By Dick Scanlon, Associated Press
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Victor Oladipo had 29 points, nine rebounds and seven steals to lead the Indiana Pacers to their fourth straight win, 105-97 over the Orlando Magic on Monday night (Tuesday, PHL time).
Oladipo, who played his first three NBA seasons in Orlando, and Bojan Bogdanovic combined for 40 points in the second half, 14 of them during a 16-3 third-quarter run that put the Pacers in command.
Bogdanovic scored 24 of his 26 points in the second half.
Nikola Vucevic had 25 points and 13 rebounds for the Magic, who lost their fifth straight. Aaron Gordon had 13 points and 12 rebounds.
The Magic finished with 22 turnovers and shot 33 percent in the second half to fall below .500 for the first time this season.
After a dunk by Aaron Gordon late in the first quarter, the Magic were down 23-22 despite making nine of their first 12 shots including 4-of-5 three-pointers.
Two straight Orlando turnovers helped Indiana take a six-point lead before the Magic closed the first half with 11 straight points for a 55-50 advantage.
Oladipo and Bogdanovic scored 22 points in the third quarter. A three-pointer by Bogdanovic gave Indiana its first double-digit lead with 4:11 left in the game.
A couple of three-pointers by Evan Fournier and a 12-foot bank by Gordon pulled the Magic to within three in the final minute, but Oladipo set up Bogdanovic for a three-pointer that put the Pacers up by six with 16.8 seconds left.
Pacers: After making 11-of-23 attempts at Miami on Sunday (Monday, PHL time), Indiana came into the game as the NBA’s best three-point shooting team (.404).
Magic: Rookie Jonathan Isaac missed a fourth straight game with a sprained right ankle. ... The Magic outrebounded the Pacers 50-48 after coming into the game with the NBA’s worst rebounding percentage.
Pacers: After a three-day break, the Pacers will play Toronto Friday night (Saturday, PHL time) in the first of three straight home games.
Magic: Wednesday night’s (Thursday, PHL time) game at Minnesota will open a four-game trip.