Nikola Vucevic, Magic send Pacers reeling to 4th straight loss

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first_imgOrlando Magic’s Nikola Vucevic, right, passes the ball as he is defended by Indiana Pacers’ Myles Turner (33) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)ORLANDO, Florida. — After making his first All-Star team earlier in the day, Nikola Vucevic delivered another solid performance for the Orlando Magic.Meanwhile, the Indiana Pacers are struggling without their own All-Star as Victor Oladipo recovers from knee surgery.ADVERTISEMENT Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES TIP-INSPacers: Evans missed his third game with a sore back. He will join the team in Miami and hopes to play Saturday. … G Corey Joseph started his first game of the season. … After posting the NBA’s best record in December, the Pacers went 7-7 in January.Magic: F Jonathan Isaac had a career-high 13 rebounds. … Ross has made at least three 3-pointers in 24 games.UP NEXTPacers: At the Miami Heat on Saturday night.Magic: Home against the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Milwaukee coach Mike Budenholzer clinches spot as All-Star Game coach Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting “I thought we played harder than in the previous games,” said Darren Collison, who had 16 points and 10 assists. “I thought we got back to ourselves tonight and we made up for missing some open shots. But we still had some inexcusable mental lapses down the stretch, including me. We have to figure out a way to get out of this slump.”The long-term loss of Oladipo and the short-term loss of Tyreke Evans were obviously weighing on the Pacers.“You’re talking about something you have developed over the course of a year and a half and all of a sudden, that piece is missing,” coach Nate McMillan said. “We’re not panicking, even though it seems like everybody else is.”Ross came off the bench and shot 11 of 18, including five 3-pointers. He made three steals in the fourth quarter.Vucevic scored six points while the Magic were taking an 11-0 lead. The Pacers erased that deficit quickly, but never went ahead until Collison drove for a layup and three-point play with 9:56 left in the third quarter. That came during a 17-4 run in which Turner scored 10 points, lifting Indiana to a 65-57 lead, its largest of the game.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Ross converted two straight steals into points to pull Orlando back in front early in the fourth, and Vucevic’s basket put the Magic ahead for good at 91-89 with 5:08 left.Augustin followed with a 3-pointer and clinched the victory for Orlando at the foul line.HONOREDVucevic was selected Thursday to his first All-Star Game in his eighth NBA season. He was chosen as an Eastern Conference reserve, becoming the Magic’s first All-Star since Dwight Howard in 2012.“This is really an emotional night for me,” Vucevic said. “It’s hard to describe when you put so much work into it for so many years and then it finally pays off. That is really satisfying. My teammates and coaches share just as much credit for this.”Vucevic is averaging 20.6 points and 12 rebounds per game.“He does it every single night, no matter what,” Augustin said. “That’s why he’s an All-Star. A lot of guys can’t do that every night.”STILL THE ONEOladipo was picked as an All-Star reserve even though he won’t be able to play in the game.“I talked to some coaches and they basically said they were going to vote the right way, and the right way was they felt he was an All-Star and they kept their word,” McMillan said. “They have a great deal of respect for how he plays and how this team has played this season.” Terrence Ross scored 13 of his 30 points in the fourth quarter, Vucevic added 17 points and 10 rebounds, and the Magic beat Indiana 107-100 on Thursday night to hand the Pacers their fourth straight loss.“When you lose your best player,” Orlando coach Steve Clifford said, “your world changes.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesD.J. Augustin scored 20 points for the Magic, including nine straight free throws in the final 1:26. Orlando broke a four-game losing streak and snapped an eight-game skid against Indiana.Myles Turner had 27 points and seven rebounds for the Pacers, who haven’t won since Oladipo went down during a victory against Toronto on Jan. 23. It was their first loss at Orlando in almost five years. MOST READlast_img

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