No es­cap­ing Pac­ers’ hex

Over­matched Magic fall to In­di­ana 8th time in row

Orlando Sentinel - - SPORTS WEEKEND - By Roy Parry

The In­di­ana Pac­ers sure like play­ing at Amway Cen­ter.

Bo­jan Bog­danovic scored a game-high 26 points as the In­di­ana Pac­ers ex­tended their win­ning streak against the Or­lando Magic to eight games with a 112-90 win Fri­day night at Amway Cen­ter.

The Pac­ers also won at Amway for the eighth straight time.

Cen­ter Nikola Vuce­vic played through a sprained an­kle he sus­tained late in the first quar­ter and fin­ished with 22 points to lead the Magic, who were play­ing their third game in four days.

Aaron Gor­don fin­ished with 20 points and 14 re­bounds for Or­lando, which ab­sorbed its worst loss of the sea­son since fall­ing 112-87 to the Nuggets on Nov. 23.

Af­ter a fast start, the Magic strug­gled to find of­fen­sive rhythm and trailed nearly the en­tire game.

A third-quar­ter burst gave the Magic some life as D.J. Au­gustin hit a 3, Vuce­vic scored on a put­back and Gor­don sank a 3 be­fore gath­er­ing a loose ball un­der the bas­ket and throw­ing down a two-handed dunk. The se­quence cut the Pac­ers’ lead to 63-59.

But the of­fense dried up again as the Pac­ers pulled away. A 3-pointer by Tyreke Evans put the Pac­ers up 78-61 — the big­gest lead of the game to that point.

Bog­danovic scored 21 points as the Pac­ers built a 57-45 half­time lead. Af­ter a Mo­hamed Bamba jump hook got the Magic within 30-27, the Pac­ers scored 19 of the next 27 points. Bog­danovic was in the mid­dle of much of that, and his 3-pointer out of a time­out pushed the Pac­ers ahead 49-35.

JOHN RAOUX/AP

The Magic’s Aaron Gor­don shoots over the In­di­ana Pac­ers’ Thad­deus Young on Fri­day night at Amway Cen­ter.

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