O’Neal has at least 10 points and 10 rebounds in each of the last eight games, helping the Pacers to a 6-2 record over that span. The 6-foot-11 power forward is leading Indiana with 20.5 points and 10.5 rebounds this season.
O’Neal had 22 points and 11 rebounds as Indiana earned its fifth win in a row by beating the Miami Heat 87-65 on Monday. Ron Artest also scored 22 points for the Pacers, who defeated the Heat for the seventh straight time.
Indiana’s five-game winning streak has come during an arduous stretch in the schedule. Tuesday’s game against Orlando will be the eighth in 11 nights for the Pacers, who have the best record in the Eastern Conference.
The Magic, who have lost four straight, have the worst record in the NBA at 8-26.
Despite their latest skid, Orlando coach Johnny Davis doesn’t think his team is playing as badly as it did to start the season.
“I don’t think by any stretch of the imagination that this is the same team that lost 19 in a row,” Davis said. “So, I don’t think that will be an issue. The larger issue is that we need to come out and play hard every night and give ourselves a push from the start of the game.”