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Pacers use late-game magic to rally past Orlando 114-112

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Victor Oladipo and Lance Stephenson delivered the perfect combination for the Indiana Pacers.

After watching their fatigued and foul-prone teammates spend most of the first 3 1/2 quarters scrambling to stay close, the tag-team energizers took matters into their own hands Saturday night. They drove and dished, they made shots and they defended.

It was a knockout finish.

Oladipo scored 24 points, Stephenson added a season-high 21, each had five rebounds and six assists, and the Pacers overcame a late 10-point deficit to get past the struggling Orlando Magic 114-112.

''When that energy (is there), when the crowd is into it, the players are into it, the bench is into it - it's unlike any other,'' Oladipo said. ''It's a great environment to be a part of. It might be a little tougher you know, playing as hard as we did yesterday and coming in (tonight) and trying to repeat. But it's a part of the NBA.''

The Pacers powered through on grit.

After trailing by as much as 21, Oladipo's 21-footer in the midst of a 15-0 run finally gave the Pacers their first lead at 107-106 with 3:30 to play. And they closed it out by finishing the game on an 18-6 run over the final 6:15.

Still, it almost wasn't enough.

After Domantas Sabonis missed 1 of 2 free throws with 20.5 seconds to go, Orlando got two chances to tie the score and one to win it.

But Aaron Gordon missed a 16-footer with 12.5 seconds left then missed two free throws with 7.9 seconds to go and Jonathan Simmons missed the go-ahead 3-pointer before Oladipo finally corralled the last rebound.

''We knew it was going to be a tough second half. We played lockdown defense and we fed off of (the energy),'' Stephenson said. ''I know we had a tough rebounding night, but we made up for it. We just kept playing.''

Magic coach Frank Vogel expected nothing less from his former team.

Each time he sensed the Pacers were about to make a run, Vogel called timeout even after the Pacers cut a 106-96 deficit to 106-95 on Sabonis' layup with 5:32 to go.

But the last timeout didn't slow down Oladipo, Stephenson or the Pacers, who scored the next six points to take a 111-106 lead.

Gordon had 22 points, 11 rebounds and four assists and Evan Fournier wound up with 19 points for the Magic, who have lost seven straight in the series and 19 of their last 22.

''We knew we'd have to win the second half different than we won the first half, our intensity would have to be greater,'' Vogel said. ''That's what it looked like, and we weren't able to hang on.''

TIP-INS

Magic: Elfrid Payton had 12 points and five assists on a night Orlando shot 54.5 percent from the field and scored 70 points in the first half. ... Only 10 opponents have failed to score at least 100 points against the Magic this season. ... Orlando has lost 18 of its last 20 to Indiana, dating to March 2013, and hasn't won in Indianapolis since 2014.

Pacers: Thaddeus Young scored 20 points and Sabonis finished with 18 points and nine rebounds. ... After shooting 33.3 percent in the first quarter, Indiana shot 63.4 percent from the field in the second half. ... Indiana has given up 143 points in the first half of its last two games. ... The Pacers have won 10 of their last 11 home games against Orlando.

HE'S BACK

Pacers center Myles Turner returned to action Saturday after missing the previous nine games with an injured right elbow.

But he didn't start.

''We're going to be patient with his return and work him back into the rotation,'' coach Nate McMillan said before the game. ''And Domantas has been doing a pretty good with the starting unit.''

In less than 11 minutes, Turner had four points three rebounds and no blocks.

FIGHTING THROUGH

Vogel wasn't sure how long he'd last on the sideline.

During pre-game availability, Vogel acknowledged he's tried myriad treatments to fight off a cold and his voice was still pretty weak.

''I'm going to try to coach but I've been coughing an awful lot so we'll see how that goes,'' Vogel said.

He did make it through but is now 0-3 at Indiana and 0-7 against his former team.

UP NEXT

Magic: Will try to salvage a split in the season series Tuesday at Houston.

Pacers: Host Charlotte on Monday in the first of four meetings between the teams this season.

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Key Players
A. Gordon
00 PF
V. Oladipo
4 SG
34.2 Min. Per Game 34.2
24.1 Pts. Per Game 24.1
4.1 Ast. Per Game 4.1
5.2 Reb. Per Game 5.2
44.7 Field Goal % 48.5
44.4 Three Point % 48.2
71.8 Free Throw % 79.8
  Defensive rebound by Victor Oladipo 0:02
  Jonathon Simmons missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:02
  Offensive rebound by Evan Fournier 0:05
  Aaron Gordon missed 2nd of 2 free throws 0:07
  Team rebound 0:07
  Aaron Gordon missed 1st of 2 free throws 0:07
  Shooting foul on Domantas Sabonis 0:07
  Offensive rebound by Jonathon Simmons 0:09
  Aaron Gordon missed jump shot 0:12
+ 1 Domantas Sabonis made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:20
  Team rebound 0:20
Team Stats
Points 112 114
Field Goals 42-77 (54.5%) 47-87 (54.0%)
3-Pointers 8-25 (32.0%) 5-18 (27.8%)
Free Throws 20-32 (62.5%) 15-19 (78.9%)
Total Rebounds 46 45
Offensive 13 9
Defensive 27 29
Team 6 7
Assists 21 25
Steals 6 9
Blocks 7 1
Turnovers 14 9
Fouls 18 24
Technicals 1 0
22 PTS, 11 REB, 4 AST
24 PTS, 5 REB, 6 AST
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away team logo Magic 14-34 32382220112
home team logo Pacers 27-23 22313130114
Team Stats
away team logo Magic 14-34 PPG RPG APG
home team logo Pacers 27-23 100.6 PPG 40 RPG 21.1 APG
Key Players
A. Gordon PF 17.6 PPG 7.9 RPG 2.3 APG 43.4 FG%
V. Oladipo SG 23.1 PPG 5.2 RPG 4.3 APG 47.7 FG%
Top Scorers
A. Gordon PF 22 PTS 11 REB 4 AST
V. Oladipo SG 24 PTS 5 REB 6 AST
54.5 FG% 54.0
32.0 3PT FG% 27.8
62.5 FT% 78.9
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
A. Gordon 39 22 11 4 1 1 1 2 9/20 1/6 3/8 4 7 42 -4
E. Fournier 33 21 2 1 0 0 0 2 9/16 3/6 0/0 1 1 25 -8
E. Payton 28 12 3 5 1 0 4 5 4/8 1/2 3/5 0 3 22 -13
B. Biyombo 20 10 4 0 0 1 4 1 4/5 0/0 2/2 1 3 11 -15
J. Simmons 22 6 3 0 1 2 1 5 3/7 0/1 0/0 2 1 11 -2
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
A. Gordon 39 22 11 4 1 1 1 2 9/20 1/6 3/8 4 7 42 -4
E. Fournier 33 21 2 1 0 0 0 2 9/16 3/6 0/0 1 1 25 -8
E. Payton 28 12 3 5 1 0 4 5 4/8 1/2 3/5 0 3 22 -13
B. Biyombo 20 10 4 0 0 1 4 1 4/5 0/0 2/2 1 3 11 -15
J. Simmons 22 6 3 0 1 2 1 5 3/7 0/1 0/0 2 1 11 -2
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Birch 19 11 5 1 3 0 0 0 4/5 0/0 3/8 4 1 21 +7
S. Mack 16 9 2 5 0 0 1 0 2/3 1/2 4/4 0 2 20 +1
M. Hezonja 26 9 4 1 0 3 0 2 3/5 0/2 3/3 1 3 18 +6
D. Augustin 19 8 2 2 0 0 2 0 3/4 2/3 0/0 0 2 12 +9
M. Speights 6 2 3 2 0 0 1 1 1/3 0/2 0/0 0 3 8 +3
W. Iwundu 6 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0/1 0/1 2/2 0 1 3 +6
A. Afflalo - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
N. Vucevic - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Ross - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Artis - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Payne - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Isaac - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 234 112 40 21 6 7 14 18 42/77 8/25 20/32 13 27 193 -10
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
V. Oladipo 38 24 5 6 1 0 3 1 10/20 1/6 3/4 0 5 39 +9
T. Young 36 20 6 1 2 1 1 3 9/14 1/2 1/2 1 5 30 +10
D. Sabonis 27 17 9 2 1 0 0 5 8/13 0/1 1/3 4 5 31 +4
D. Collison 25 11 4 7 2 0 1 2 3/8 1/2 4/4 1 3 30 +3
B. Bogdanovic 23 9 1 0 0 0 0 1 2/5 1/2 4/4 0 1 10 -3
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
V. Oladipo 38 24 5 6 1 0 3 1 10/20 1/6 3/4 0 5 39 +9
T. Young 36 20 6 1 2 1 1 3 9/14 1/2 1/2 1 5 30 +10
D. Sabonis 27 17 9 2 1 0 0 5 8/13 0/1 1/3 4 5 31 +4
D. Collison 25 11 4 7 2 0 1 2 3/8 1/2 4/4 1 3 30 +3
B. Bogdanovic 23 9 1 0 0 0 0 1 2/5 1/2 4/4 0 1 10 -3
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
L. Stephenson 30 21 5 6 2 0 2 1 9/13 1/3 2/2 2 3 38 +2
A. Jefferson 13 6 1 1 0 0 1 3 3/5 0/0 0/0 0 1 8 +5
M. Turner 10 4 3 0 1 0 1 5 2/5 0/0 0/0 1 2 7 -12
C. Joseph 28 2 4 2 0 0 0 1 1/3 0/1 0/0 0 4 10 -3
J. Young 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 0 0 -5
G. Robinson III - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Sumner - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Poythress - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Anigbogu - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Leaf - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Moore - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 234 114 38 25 9 1 9 24 47/87 5/18 15/19 9 29 203 +10