The Orlando Magic have won two straight, but coach Brian Hill isn’t pleased how they’re doing it.
The Magic seek their third consecutive win when they open a three-game road trip at Conseco Fieldhouse against the Indiana Pacers on Friday night.
Orlando (3-2) pulled out an 88-87 win Wednesday over Seattle as Hedo Turkoglu hit a 20-foot fallaway jumper with 0.4 seconds to play. He finished with 18 points and is averaging 13.0 points this season.
“That was a lucky shot,” said Turkoglu, who was falling out of bounds on the winning shot. “We should have won that game easily but we were trying to do some fancy stuff and blew the lead. We were lucky.”
The win, though, overshadowed another sloppy performance by the Magic. They committed 27 turnovers and have averaged 22 this season. Orlando committed just 76 turnovers in its first five games last season, starting out 2-3.
“Turnovers aren’t usually physical mistakes, I mean, unless it’s a bad pass, but a bad pass is usually the result of a bad decision, which is mental,” Hill said. “It’s just something we’re going to have to keep working on. We are very, very fortunate to be 3-2 with all the turnovers we’ve had this year.”
Forward Dwight Howard and point guard Jameer Nelson each have committed 22 turnovers, and Howard is trying to snap out of a four-game funk. He has averaged just 10.0 points and 10.3 rebounds in that span and was limited to eight points and five rebounds in Wednesday’s win while playing just 30 minutes due to foul trouble.
The Pacers (3-2) were thwarted in their bid for a three-game winning streak Wednesday, getting routed 117-91 by Washington. Starting forward Jermaine O’Neal did not play due to an ankle injury, but Indiana failed to help its cause by committing a season-high 25 turnovers.
“Listen, there aren’t many positives in a game like this, but we’ve got to be a no-excuses team, and we’ve got to compete on a high level, no matter if we’re on a back-to-back or if we got two or three days’ rest,” Pacers coach Rick Carlisle said. “They thumped us. They competed harder and better. We got what we deserved.”
Al Harrington scored 23 points in the loss, and O’Neal is expected to play in this game.
The duo is key to the Pacers’ success this season, and they share the lead in rebounding at 7.0 per game. Harrington, re-acquired in an offseason trade from Atlanta, has averaged 16.2 points in helping shoulder some of the offensive load for O’Neal.