Coming off an overtime win on Friday night, the Orlando Magic returned to action on Sunday at home against the Indiana Pacers. In a tight, back-and-forth contest, the Magic ultimately fell to the Pacers, 105-102.
Starting off, both teams were ice cold, combining to shoot a woeful 10-of-29 early in the first quarter. As the quarter wore on, the two continued their defensive battle, with neither team being able to take a lead bigger than Orlando's early six point advantage. Indiana's inability to take care of the ball hampered them, despite the team rebounding to shoot 50 percent in the quarter. The Pacers 10 turnovers were the most the Magic forced in a single quarter this season, helping them to a two point lead, 22-20 after one.
The sloppy play from both sides continued in the second quarter, with the Pacers turning the ball over seven more times, tying the Magic's franchise record for most turnovers forced in a first half. Their turnover issues didn't deter the Pacers, however, with the visitors continuing to keep the Magic within reach. Despite grabbing a lead as big as eight at one point, the Magic weren't able to hold off Indiana's hot shooting, ultimately heading into the halftime break tied at 47.
Out of halftime, each team began to find their groove on the offensive end. combining for 65 points in the quarter, with each side shooting 13-of-23. The Magic struggled with Indiana's continuous downhill attacking offensive, getting in foul trouble early in the quarter. As a result, Indiana paraded to the free throw line late, knocking down five of their seven attempts in the quarter. Despite hitting one less three, the Pacers found themselves up one, 80-79, after three thanks to their ability to get to the line.
Needing another boost, the Magic turned to newcomer Brandon Jennings. Jennings, starting the fourth quarter along side C.J. Watson, got the Magic going early, attacking the Pacers defense on every possession. Thanks to Jennings' aggression, the Magic got the Pacers in the penalty early, shooting free throw for seemingly the entire quarter. Keeping the game within one to two possessions, the Magic had ample opportunities to tie or take the lead late. After a high flying dunk from Aaron Gordon, and a pair of split free throws from Nikola Vucevic, the Magic had a chance to take home the win with 10 seconds remaining. Victor Oladipo air balled a game winning three-point attempt, ending the Magic's chances.
Monta Ellis led the way for the Pacers, finishing the night with 21. Paul George was close on his heels, finishing with 20. C.J. Miles and Ian Mahinmi each finished with 14, with Jordan Hill adding 13 off the bench. Rookie Myles Turner rounded out Pacers in double figures, finishing with 11.
Evan Fournier led all scorers, finishing the night with 23. Nikola Vucevic finished with an 18-point, 13-rebound double-double, while Victor Oladipo finished with 17 points, eight assists and six rebounds. Jennings led the bench with 12, while Aaron Gordon notched another double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.