Magic Musings: Orlando closes weekend with another comeback win
FEB 09, 2014 7:56p ET
ORLANDO, Fla. -- For the second time this weekend, the Orlando Magic erased a 17-point deficit against a team with the best record in its conference to pull off a stunning victory.
Though there wasn't a last-second dunk to pull out the win, the Magic almost let the game get away when an errant inbounds pass by Nikola Vucevic with less than nine seconds to go gave the Pacers possession of the ball.
But Paul George, who led all scorers with 27 points, missed a pullup 18-footer. Oladipo tapped the ball toward midcourt, where Vucevic came up with it and dribbled out whatever time remained.
Indiana, ranked first in the NBA in fewest points allowed per game (90.7) and defensive field-goal percentage (.414), looked every bit that part for a considerable part of the game. The Magic went almost eight minutes without a basket during one stretch.
Orlando was held scoreless over the final 4:25 of the first half, missing all eight of its field-goal attempts. Roy Hibbert blocked two shots over that span as the Pacers stretched their lead to 52-43.
The Pacers took their biggest lead at 71-54 before the Magic trimmed the deficit to 74-64 to end the third quarter. Just as was the case against the Thunder, the Magic's bench began to take control at the beginning of the fourth quarter.
The win was the fifth in a row at home for the Magic (16-37).
THE TURNING POINT
Orlando outscored Indiana 22-5 over the first five-plus minutes of the fourth quarter to take an 86-79 lead. Oladipo had 12 of those points.
THE DIFFERENCE MAKER
Oladipo finished with 23 points against a team that had held him to six points Monday night on 2-of-11 shooting.
STAT OF THE GAME
Thanks largely to Oladipo, the Magic finished with a 37-17 advantage in bench points. The Pacers had outscored the Magic 49-19 in their most recent meeting.
Wednesday night vs. Memphis, 7 p.m. (FOX Sports Florida).