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Magic at Pacers: The start of a new season

Orlando hits the road Tuesday to open its 25th season.

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Notebook: Andrew Nicholson deals in Magic's loss

A look at the developing stories from Tuesday night's regular-season opener.

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Watch: Victor Oladipo scores first NBA points

The former Hoosier nailed a three-pointer for the first points of what one hopes will be a long and successful NBA career.

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Victor Oladipo scores 12 in Magic début

The second overall pick in June's Draft played solidly, but not spectacularly, on in Tuesday's season opener.

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Pacers fend off Magic despite Nicholson's eruption

The second-year big man scored 18 points to lead the Magic, but Indiana pulled away in the fourth quarter to send Orlando to a loss in the first game of its 25th season.

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Magic at Pacers: Maxiell to start at power forward

Jason Maxiell, the 6-foot-7 big man the Orlando Magic acquired in free agency, will start Tuesday night against the Indiana Pacers.

Magic coach Jacque Vaughn was tight-lipped on who he would tap as the starting power forward, but the feeling was that either Maxiell or second-year big man Andrew Nicholson would get the start.

Maxiell averaged 6.9 points and 5.7 rebounds per game with the Detroit Pistons in 2012/13. But the box score doesn't account for the defensive toughness that Maxiell brings to a Magic front line that struggled on that end of the floor last season.

Before the lineups were announced, the media notes had Nicholson as the "probable starter." Vaughn joked to a group of reporters that he didn't know who wrote Nicholson's name in, but that it wasn't him.

Alongside Maxiell in the front court is seven-foot center Nikola Vučević and 6-foot-9 small forward Maurice Harkless. Jameer Nelson and Arron Afflalo will man the back court.

Vaughn said the coaching staff wanted to be smart with playing time.

"You have to be smart," the second-year head coach said. "We've got a long season to go. It's a marathon for sure."

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Magic at Pacers GameThread

Orlando's season begins with a tough test against an Eastern Conference contender.

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Magic test themselves against Indy's physical bigs

Indiana advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals in 2013 on the strength of its defense and hard-nosed play. The rebuilding Magic will have to battle that style Tuesday in the first game of their season.

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