ORLANDO, Fla. – It was a welcome homecoming for the Orlando Magic.
After plodding through a 1-3 road trip that included a season-worst 10th consecutive loss, the Magic showed few signs of mental fatigue as they snapped a six-game home losing streak with a 97-86 win over the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night.
Nikola Vucevic had 16 points and 15 rebounds to pace Orlando, which has now won two of its last three, having also slipped past the Los Angeles Clippers last week. Vucevic also posted his eighth straight double-double.
We’ve beaten some good teams this year, Magic guard J.J. Redick said. And we’ve been in games against good teams. ... It’s just our offense was pretty crisp, we shot it well (and) took care of the ball.
The Magic led by as many as 22 points, and blew the game open with a big second-quarter run that included a barrage of three-pointers. The Magic connected on 12 of their 21 attempts from beyond the arc for the game.
What made the Magic’s victory Wednesday even more impressive, though, was that it came against a Pacers team that had been allowing opponents a league-low 88.9 points per game.
Paul George had 20 points and 10 rebounds to lead Indiana, and George Hill added 15 points. Big man Roy Hibbert battled foul trouble throughout and finished with just 11 points and seven rebounds in 22 minutes.
The Pacers have lost two of their last three.
BULLS 107, RAPTORS 105, OT: In Toronto, Luol Deng hit a tiebreaking jump shot with three seconds left in overtime and Chicago earned its eighth victory in nine meetings against Toronto.
Carlos Boozer had a season-high 36 points and 12 rebounds, and Joakim Noah added 16 points and 14 rebounds for the Bulls.
Deng scored 19 points and Richard Hamilton had 15 as Chicago won its fourth straight road game.
THUNDER 117, NUGGETS 97: In Oklahoma City, Russell Westbrook scored 32 points, Kevin Martin had 20 and Oklahoma City snapped Denver’s six-game winning streak.
Kevin Durant added 20 points and tied his career high with five steals as NBA-best Oklahoma City led wire-to-wire for just the second time this season.
HAWKS 109, NETS 95: In Atlanta, Jeff Teague had a career-high 28 points and 11 assists, Zaza Pachulia finished two assists shy of a triple-double and short-handed Atlanta stopped Brooklyn’s seven-game winning streak.
The Hawks played without leading scorer Josh Smith, suspended for one game and fined an undisclosed amount for conduct detrimental to the team following an incident in practice Tuesday.
HORNETS 90, CELTICS 78: In Boston, Greivis Vasquez scored 15 points with 11 rebounds and Austin Rivers won his first NBA game against his father as New Orleans beat coach Doc Rivers and Boston.
MAVERICKS 105, ROCKETS 100: In Dallas, Dirk Nowitzki scored 19 points, O.J. Mayo hit two tiebreaking free throws and Dallas held off a Jeremy Lin-led surge.
Lin and James Harden combined to score the last 18 points for the Rockets, who erased an 11-point fourth-quarter deficit and got even at 97.
Harden finished with 20 points and Lin had 19.
SPURS 103, GRIZZLIES 82: In San Antonio, Tony Parker had 17 points and 11 assists and Tim Duncan added 19 points to help San Antonio extend its home winning streak to 13 games.