ORLANDO, Fla. – Victor Oladipo had 23 points, including 13 in the fourth quarter, and the Orlando Magic rallied to surprise the Indiana Pacers 93-92 on Sunday night
Indiana stole Orlando’s inbounds pass with nine seconds left and Paul George was able to get off a 20-foot jumper. But it was deflected and rebounded by the Magic, who ran out the clock.
Orlando has now beaten the top teams in both conferences in back-to-back games, having stunned Oklahoma City on Friday. The victory ties the Magic’s season-high win streak of three games. It also extends their home win streak to five consecutive games.
Nik Vucevic added 19 points and 13 rebounds.
George led the Pacers with 27 points. Lance Stephenson added 16. The loss ends Indiana’s win streak at four games.
The Pacers carried over some momentum from the first half and built as much as a 17-point lead in the third quarter. That advantage was cut to 10 entering the fourth.
But Orlando recovered some of its early-game energy, and started the final quarter on a 14-3 run to take its first lead of the second half – 78-77 – with less than 8 minutes to play.
It would grow as high as 88-81 before the Magic cooled off – missing four straight shots – and allowed the Pacers to cut it to 88-86 on a 3-pointer by George.
But the Magic found their shot and got their lead back to six with just over a minute to play.
Another 3-pointer by George on the other end trimmed it back to 92-90 with 37.7 seconds remaining. That was followed by an offensive foul on Oladipo which turned the ball back over to Indiana.
George got free at the top of the key for another attempt from 3, but his shot bounced off the back of the rim and was grabbed by Oladipo, who was fouled.
He connected on 1 of 2, but a scramble for the rebound ended up in a jump ball between David West and Glen Davis.
West tapped it near midcourt, and George Hill was able to scoop it up and sprint ahead for a layup to cut it to 93-92 with just 14.9 seconds left.
The Pacers led 52-43 at the half, but had to dig out of a first-quarter hole to get there.
The Magic led by six points late in the first quarter before the Pacers used an 18-5 spurt to take the lead back early in the second.
Orlando struggled shooting the ball throughout the quarter, and missed their final eight shots to end the half.