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             === Pacers use fourth quarter surge to roll Magic ===
 Indianapolis,  IN (  - Paul George scored 24 points, grabbed
 six  rebounds and handed  out five assists and the Indiana Pacers took over in
 the  fourth  quarter of a  97-87 victory over the  Orlando Magic in the season
 opener for both clubs.
 The  Pacers maintained the core of last season's squad that took the eventual-
 champion Miami Heat to seven games in the Eastern Conference finals.
 Part  of  that nucleus, Roy  Hibbert, finished  with eight points, 16 rebounds
 and seven blocks before receiving a scare late in the game when he appeared to
 injure  his left knee. He walked away under his own power after rolling around
 in  pain  and stayed  on the  bench for  the final  five-plus minutes with the
 outcome no longer in doubt.
 After  the game, Pacers  head coach Frank Vogel calmed any fear of a lingering
 injury by announcing Hibbert will play Wednesday against the Pelicans.
 Lance  Stephenson, starting  in place of the injured Danny Granger, chipped in
 19 points and David West added 13 for Indiana, which opened the fourth quarter
 on an 11-1 run to pull away.
 The  Magic finished  an NBA-worst  20-62  last season  but stayed  competitive
 Tuesday through three quarters. Their inexperienced but promising roster got a
 boost  with  the selection of Victor  Oladipo as the  No. 2 pick in the draft.
 The former Indiana Hoosiers All-American totaled 12 points in his debut.
 "Once  I  got out there it  all sunk it," Oladipo  said of his first pro game.
 "It's not all going to come overnight. ... I just have to be patient."
 Andrew  Nicholson  scored 18 points  in the first  half but was held scoreless
 after the break for Orlando, which shot just 39 percent from the field.
 George  beat  the third-quarter buzzer  with a 3-pointer  to give the Pacers a
 69-64  lead,  and three consecutive  Magic turnovers  to start the final frame
 allowed the hosts to jump in front by double digits.
 Luis Scola, acquired in the offseason in a trade with the Suns, connected on a
 mid-range  jumper to  give Indiana an 80-65 cushion with under nine minutes to
 play, and the closest Orlando got from there was 10.
 "We didn't really play a great basketball game but we were able to make enough
 plays  to get out of here with a double-digit victory," Vogel said. "I thought
 our  defense in  the third  quarter  and into  the fourth  quarter was  really
 The  Pacers poured it  on early before the Magic got their feet under them and
 began chipping away at an early deficit.
 Orlando  found itself  trailing 12-0 just 3:20 into the game but pulled within
 23-18  at  the end of  12 minutes  and took its  first lead, 31-29, on E'Twaun
 Moore's steal and uncontested dunk with 7:44 remaining in the half.
 Nicholson  had  12 points  in the  second quarter, which  ended with the Magic
 holding  a  44-40 lead, and  it was no more  than a two-possession contest the
 entire third quarter.
                                   Game Notes
 Granger, who missed all but all but five games last season with a knee injury,
 will  miss  approximately three weeks with  a strained left calf ... The Magic
 were  without their  starting forwards in Tobias Harris (ankle) and Glen Davis
 (foot) ... Mo Harkless netted 14 points for the Magic ... The Pacers committed
 21  turnovers to Orlando's  19 ... Orlando had won seven of its previous 10 in
 Indianapolis ... The Pacers' 18 blocks were one shy of the franchise record.
 10/30 00:13:58 ET