After getting off to a terrible start to the season, the Indiana Pacers have been playing great basketball over the last few weeks. The Pacers have been carried by their excellent offense during the recent hot stretch, and that was no different last night when they defeated the Orlando Magic 121-109.
Indiana’s desire to put on an excellent show for their fans helped them get off to a hot start last night. They quickly amassed a eight-point lead after scoring 33 points in the first quarter. The offense cooled off a little bit in the second quarter, but the Magic were unable to capitalize thanks to the excellent defense of the Pacers.
Jonathon Simmons of the Orlando Magic was nearly unstoppable early in the second half. His excellent shooting display cut Indiana’s lead to only one point at the end of the third quarter. With the game on the line in the fourth quarter, Victor Oladipo and the rest of the Indiana offense rose to the occasion. They put up 36 points in the final 12 minutes to put the game out of reach. Oladipo ultimately led the team in scoring with 26 points. Three other members of the team also tallied at least 18 points.
The Pacers now hold a 12-9 record this season. They will travel to Houston to face the James Harden and the Rockets on Wednesday, November 29. Pulling off a win over the top team in the Western Conference would be the perfect way for the Pacers to prove they are serious contenders this season.