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Pacers 115, Magic 86

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ORLANDO, Fla. - The Indiana Pacers did not want to waste a lot of time or energy in Orlando Friday night, and they succeeded on both levels, hammering the Magic 115-86.

Indiana put six players in double figures, led by Paul George's 25 points, and takes a little momentum into Sunday's road game against Eastern Conference leader Miami. The Pacers have won both games against the Heat this season.

George scored 18 of his points in the third quarter when the Pacers removed all doubt in a game where there was precious little uncertainty after the first quarter.

Reserves Tyler Hansbrough had 18 points and D.J. Augustin added 14 points and eight assists. The Pacers outscored the Magic 50-26 in the paint and hit 11 of 19 3-pointers.

Orlando, which rallied from a 20-point third-quarter deficit two nights earlier before losing to Miami 97-96, had no comeback in it against the Pacers.

The Magic got 19 points from Arron Afflalo and 12 points each from Nikola Vucevic and Beno Udrih.

Both teams started slowly, but the Magic were a little slower and lot sloppier. Orlando shot only 31 percent in the first quarter, committed six turnovers and gave up seven second-chance points.

Amazingly, the Magic trailed only 22-15, but that turned out to be as close as they'd come all night.

Indiana finally played its way into the game behind Augustin, who came off the bench and scored 11 points and handed out four assists in the second period. Augustin put some continuity in the Pacers' offense, and they led 53-38 by halftime.

It didn't get much better for Orlando at the start the second half. Indiana's Roy Hibbert blocked the first two Magic shots, Lance Stephenson and Hibbert converted layups, and the Pacers were on their way to a prosperous 12 minutes.

George hit three straight 3-pointers with no one was within five feet of him on any attempt. The Pacers pushed their lead to as many as 26, and all but one of their starters went to the bench at the end of the quarter with an 88-63 lead in hand.

The Magic agreed, putting five reserves out for the last 12 minutes, including seldom-used rookies Kyle O'Quinn and Doron Lamb. For the record, the Pacers subs won the quarter 27-23, giving them a clean sweep of all four quarters.

NOTES: Indiana had struggled against the Magic in regular season games, losing nine of the last 10 and 15 of the last 17 before Friday. ... Magic coach Jacque Vaughn, clearly looking for positives anywhere he can find them, saw a bright side to the Magic's 97-96 loss in Miami Wednesday. Orlando rallied from a 20-point second half deficit to pull ahead by 96-93 in the final minute, before losing. "Sometimes a painful loss like that just reiterates the fact that the things that got you back in the game, need to be there at the start of the game," Vaughn said. ... Indiana leads the NBA in field-goal percentage defense. Opponents were shooting just 41.5 percent against the Pacers before Friday. ... The Magic, who had a season-high 12 3-pointers in a 97-86 win over the Pacers earlier this year, hit two in the first 90 seconds of Friday's game. ... Pacers All-Star Paul George was just 11 of 36 (30.8 percent) in his previous two games. ... Tobias Harris got his second start since joining the Magic at the trade deadline. The Magic have had 20 different starting lineups this season.
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