Magic pulls off stunner over Pacers, 93-92
Victor Oladipo had 23 points, including 13 in the fourth quarter, and the Orlando Magic rallied to surprise the Indiana Pacers, 93-92, on Sunday night in Orlando, Fla.
The victory over the East-leading Pacers was Orlando’s second straight over an NBA conference kingpin; the Magic upset the West-leading Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday.
At the end of Sunday’s game, Indiana stole Orlando’s inbounds pass with nine seconds left and Paul George was able to get off a 20-foot jumper. But it was deflected and rebounded by the Magic, which ran out the clock.
Orlando, next to last in the East with a 15-37 record before Sunday, has won three in a row, equaling its season high. The Magic also has won five consecutive home games.
George led the Pacers with 27 points. Lance Stephenson scored 16.
The loss ended Indiana’s winning streak at four games.
at Oklahoma City 112, New York 100: Kevin Durant had 41 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists to lead the Thunder. The NBA’s leading scorer got the best in his duel with Carmelo Anthony, the league’s No.2 scorer. Anthony had 15 points on five-for-19 shooting for the Knicks, who have lost four of their last five games.
at Brooklyn 93, New Orleans 81: Rookie Mason Plumlee scored a season-high 22 points and matched his best with 13 rebounds, and the Nets held on after riding their best defensive first half in eight years to a 51-28 halftime lead. The Nets, then based in New Jersey, also gave up 28 first-half points in a victory over the Lakers on Nov.27, 2005.
at Washington 93, Sacramento 84: Nene scored 18 points and led a strong defensive effort by the Wizards, who bottled up every King except Isaiah Thomas, who had 30 points and eight assists. DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay combined for only 19 points on five-for-27 shooting.
at Cleveland 91, Memphis 83 (OT): Kyrie Irving scored 28 points and the Cavaliers won consecutive games for the first time in a month. Cleveland, which broke a six-game losing streak Friday night against Washington, is 2-0 since general manager Chris Grant was fired last week. The Grizzlies have lost three of four games since winning six straight.
Dallas 102, at Boston 91: Dirk Nowitzki scored 20 points, Shawn Marion finished with 11 points and 10 rebounds, and the Mavericks extended their winning streak to a season-high five games.
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