George, Ellis lead Pacers to 95-86 win over Magic

- Paul George had 20 points and Monta Ellis scored nine of his 19 in the fourth quarter Wednesday night, leading the Indiana Pacers to a 95-86 victory over the Orlando Magic.

George, who scored at least 31 points in his previous three games, shot 5 of 13 but led a second-quarter rally that put the Pacers ahead for good.

It was Indiana's sixth straight victory (two this season) against the Magic, who have lost four in a row overall.

After the teams combined to shoot 5 for 39 from 3-point range in the first three quarters, the Magic's Victor Oladipo and the Pacers' George Hill picked up the scoring pace in the fourth with two long-range jumpers apiece.

Oladipo led the Magic with 20 points, 11 in the fourth period. Nik Vucevic added 17 points and four rebounds.

Orlando missed nine of its first 10 shots and fell behind by nine points early. But Jason Smith made three shots and left the game with an ankle injury during a 15-6 spurt that left the Magic with a six-point lead, its largest of the game, late in the second quarter.

George scored the final five points of an 8-0 Indiana run early in the second half, and the Pacers took the lead for the rest of the game.

The Magic were down 71-69 when Oladipo hit a 3-pointer midway through the fourth quarter, but Hill answered with consecutive 3s for Indiana. Hill finished with 16 points and made all three of this 3-point shots for a team that was 6 for 22 overall.

Two free throws by George gave the Pacers their first 10-point lead with 3:02 remaining.


Pacers: George's 3-pointer late in the first quarter was the 600th of his career and the only one by either team in the first 17 minutes.

Magic: Elfrid Payton missed his second straight game (and the second of his career) with a bruised left ankle.


Indiana plays at New Orleans on Friday night.

Orlando plays at Brooklyn on Friday night.

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