NBA Game Summary - Indiana at Orlando|
(Wednesday, April 16th)
Final Score: Indiana 101, Orlando 86
Orlando, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Rasual Butler and Chris Copeland each scored
19 points to lead the Indiana Pacers to a regular season-ending 101-86 win
over the Orlando Magic.
Evan Turner chipped in 14 points, eight rebounds and six assists for the
Pacers (56-26), who finished with the best record in the East and will have
home-court advantage throughout the conference playoffs.
The Central Division champions will start the playoffs against Atlanta in a
rematch of last year's first-round series, won in six games by the Pacers. The
teams split this season's four-game series. The postseason set begins Saturday
night in Indianapolis.
Lavoy Allen ended with 12 points and 11 boards for the Pacers, who rested
regular starters David West, Paul George and Lance Stephenson. Donald Sloan
tallied 13 points in a reserve role.
"It's a new game now, it's playoff time, 0-0," Pacers guard George Hill said.
"It's the first to 16 (wins)."
Mo Harkless had 14 points to pace the Magic (23-59), who lost their final four
games and finished with the third-worst record in the league.
"We have good men in the locker room who want to get better," Magic coach
Jacque Vaughn said. "They got better this year."
Dewayne Dedmon, who had eight points and 13 rebounds, made a jumper to get the
Magic within 46-42 a minute into the second half. The Pacers, though, went on
an ensuing 20-6 spurt. Sloan finished off the burst with a 3-pointer.
Indiana held a 75-62 lead after three and widened the gap to as many as 19 in
the final quarter.
The Magic led by as many as seven in the first quarter, but later gave up nine
straight points and trailed 25-20 after 12 minutes. The visitors led 46-40 at
Copeland was 5-of-11 from 3-point range ... Indiana held a 52-40 rebounding
advantage ... E'Twaun Moore had 13 points, Doron Lamb 11 and Andrew Nicholson
10 for the Magic, who shot 40.5 percent from the field.
04/16 23:56:36 ET