Tyler Hansbrough recorded a double-double with 14 points and 14 rebounds, and George Hill also scored 14 points and grabbed seven boards for the Pacers, who came into the game off a 111-90 win at Cleveland on Monday. Gerald Green had 15 points and eight rebounds off the bench.
“I’m very, very proud of our guys,” said Coach Frank Vogel. “It was a great effort, particularly on the defensive end, particularly Paul George and George Hill on (Arron) Affalo and (Jameer) Nelson. Great effort by Tyler Hansbrough. Playing four games in five nights, you need guys like Tyler bringing the energy he does.”
Moe Harkless and Afflalo scored 10 points apiece for the Magic, who shot just .318 and have lost four straight and 14 of their last 17 games. Nikola Vucevic had nine points and 11 rebounds.
“Where we’ve been slipping is guarding guys,” said George. “We did a great job the last two games. And we’re sharing the ball and we’re making plays for one another. We’re getting back to playing team ball again.”
Indiana has won two straight after dropping four of six.