Banchero, Harris Lead Orlando Magic to Indiana Pacers Defeat, 126-120
ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN SPORTS) – Both the Orlando Magic and the Indiana Pacers came into Wednesday’s match with a victory in their previous matches. The Magic won 113-98 against the Boston Celtics Monday and the Pacers snapped their losing streak with a 116-110 win against the Chicago Bulls Tuesday. The Magic had so much depth in their bench, coach Jamahl Mosley’s player rotations were almost a flex.
With it also being Brazil Night at Amway Center, the audience’s energy was palpable and undeniable, and the Magic felt it. The team had already amassed a 10-0 lead two minutes into the first quarter. Pacers point guard TJ McConnell broke the run and started Indiana’s scoring with a layup plus the and-one. Pacers small forward Buddy Hield led the scoring for the team thereafter, amassing eight points. Center Miles Turner followed, contributing five points. McConnell also helped with three assists and one rebound.
At 7:04 in the first, Jonathan Isaac entered the court for his second game back with the Orlando Magic since tearing his ACL during the NBA bubble back in 2020. He first returned during Monday’s match against the Celtics, playing for ten minutes in the first half, then another four minutes in the second half and amassing 10 points in that game. Isaac scored his first shot at 3:47 in the first quarter Wednesday.
The Magic boasted a 14-point lead at the end of the first quarter, 46-29.
The Magic’s one Achilles heel: Bennedict Mathurin. They gave up points by sending him to the line for seven free throws in the first half, and he made five of them.
The Magic were 60.9 percent on field goals and 61.5 percent on three-pointers, with 20 total assists and 18 rebounds. However, while they exceeded the Pacers in every key statistic, the Pacers outscored them by 12 points in the second quarter, amassing 39 points to their 27.
Despite shrinking their lead, the Orlando Magic maintained it all of first half and went into halftime ahead by five, 73-68.
Myles Turner led in scoring for Indiana in the third quarter–and led both teams for that matter–netting 10 points with eight rebounds. Gary Harris led scoring for the Magic with eight points. Markelle Fultz followed with six.
The Magic made a sweet buzzer play at the end of the third quarter. After a shot clock violation by Indiana, Jalen Suggs gained checked the ball and made his trademark football pass across the court, this time to Franz Wagner, who was just to the left of the net and successfully caught it and laid it up, making the score 102-91 at the buzzer.
In the end, Bennedict Mathurin led in scoring for Indiana with 26 points while Myles Turner had a double double on the night with 22 points and 13 rebounds.
For the Magic, Wendell Carter had a double double as well with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Paolo Banchero led the Magic in scoring with 23 points along with four assists and three rebounds. Gary Harris followed with 22 points, nailing 100 percent of his three-pointers and going eight of nine on field goals.
The Magic never surrendered the lead once in the game and won 126-120.
Orlando Magic Postgame Press Conference
The Magic head out on the road to face the Miami Heat Friday, January 27 at 8pm ET and return home to host the Chicago Bulls Saturday, January 28. The Pacers return home Friday to host the Milwaukee Bucks at 7pm ET.
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Orlando Magic Rally Late to Beat Washington Wizards 122-112
ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN) – The Orlando Magic had a lot of ground to make up for at home after their long road run, and the Washington Wizards didn’t make it easy on them–their defense greatly frustrated the Magic.
The Wizards led most of the first quarter, especially since the Magic made none of their three-pointers…until Moritz Wagner came in off the bench with just over two minutes left in the first. With a couple of shots, he switched the lead to Orlando by a single point at the end of the first quarter, 26-25.
Cole Anthony got a nice and-1 after his rebound from a failed Wizard free throw. Bradley Beal fouled him as he ran into the paint, but Anthony’s fadeaway shot was successful as he fell to the floor.
In the second quarter the Wizards regained the lead, but like in the first quarter, the Magic rallied near the end of the quarter. When Gary Harris, Markelle Fultz and the other Wagner, Franz, got back on the court, the Magic began sinking more shots.
Mo Wagner contributed 11 points in the first two quarters, while Franz, Harris and Anthony each followed with 10 points. The Magic also made up for their three-pointer deficit in second quarter. They were seven of 17 (41.2 percent) on threes in the first half compared to the Wizards’ five of 15 (33.3 percent) and were 23 of 43 on field goals (53.5 percent) compared to the Wizards’ 21 of 40 (52.5 percent).
For Washington, Deni Avdija and Monte Morris led the scoring with 12 points each; Kristaps Porzingis followed with 11 points.
The Magic secured a four-point lead heading into halftime, 60-56.
The Magic ended third quarter one point behind, 88-87.
The Magic brought the fire in the fourth quarter, getting on a run between Markelle Fultz, Wendell Carter Jr. and Paolo Banchero, who went to the free throw line three times late in the fourth and nailed every free throw. The highlight play of the second half happened within the final minute of the game: Banchero had pressure on him and made an ugly fadeaway baseline three-pointer…and sank it in.
The most critical hit of all was Bradley Beal fouling out of the game, which dealt a huge blow to the Wizards’ offense in the final stretch. Porzingis tried to pick up the slack, but the Magic saw the blood in the water and piled on the pressure, closing out the game with a 10-point win, 122-112.
For the night, Gary Harris led in scoring for the Magic with 22 points, going six for nine on three pointers and seven for 10 on field goals. Franz Wagner followed with 20 points with four rebounds and six assists. Banchero contributed 18 points and was six of six on free throws. Fultz contributed 17 points with five rebounds and five assists.
For the Wizards, Porzingis led the scoring by far, with 30 total points, six rebounds and three assists. Beal followed with 16 points, five rebounds and seven assists.
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Orlando Magic to induct Dennis Scott into their Hall of Fame March 23
Orlando, FL – The Orlando Magic will induct Dennis Scott into their Hall of Fame on Thursday, March 23 at 3:45 p.m. in Amway Center, near the Nutrilite Magic Fan Experience.** Scott will become the 12th member of the Orlando Magic Hall of Fame.
In addition to the induction ceremony, Scott will be honored that night during Orlando’s game vs. New York. Tip-off is at 7 p.m. and tickets are available through OrlandoMagic.com or by calling 1-800-4-NBATIX.
“Dennis (Scott) still remains one of the elite, long-range shooters in both Orlando Magic and NBA history,” said Martins. “His ability to shoot from beyond the three-point arc was a major key to our success during his time in Orlando and his records stand to this day. We are proud to make Dennis the next inductee into the Orlando Magic Hall of Fame.”
Originally selected in the first round (fourth overall) of the 1990 NBA Draft by Orlando, Scott played seven seasons with the Magic from 1990-97. He played in 446 regular season games (322 starts) with Orlando, averaging 14.8 ppg., 3.1 rpg. and 2.3 apg. in 30.7 minpg., while shooting .403 (981-2,432) from three-point range.
During the 1995-96 campaign, Scott set a then-NBA single season-record with 267 three-pointers made, a standard that lasted for ten years. The 267 three-pointers made remains the franchise record for most made in a season. On April 18, 1996 vs. Atlanta, Scott connected on 11 three-pointers, breaking the then-NBA single game-record, a mark that lasted for almost seven seasons. The 11 three-pointers made also remains the franchise record for most made in a game.
Scott also appeared in 41 playoff games (31 starts) with Orlando, averaging 12.2 ppg., 3.0 rpg. and 1.9 apg. in 33.8 minpg., while shooting .364 (92-253) from three-point range. On May 25, 1995 vs. Indiana, he made seven three-pointers during Game #2 of the Eastern Conference Finals, setting a franchise playoff-record that still stands today. Scott helped the Magic reach the 1995 NBA Finals.
Scott remains the Orlando Magic all-time leader in three-pointers made with 981. Entering this season, he also ranks among the franchise’s all-time leaders in three-point field goals attempted (second, 2,432), field goals attempted (seventh, 5,737), games played (eighth, 446), steals (eighth, 429), points scored (tenth, 6,603), field goals made (tenth, 2,421) and minutes played (tenth, 13,692).
The Orlando Magic unveiled its inaugural Hall of Fame class on April 9, 2014 with the first two inductees, Magic co-founder Pat Williams and the team’s first-ever draft pick and current community ambassador, Nick Anderson. Scott also joins Shaquille O’Neal (2015), the late Rich DeVos (2016), Anfernee Hardaway (2017), Jimmy Hewitt (2017), Tracy McGrady (2018), David Steele (2019), Darrell Armstrong (2020), John Gabriel (2022) and Brian Hill (2022) in the Orlando Magic Hall of Fame.
The Orlando Magic Hall of Fame honors and celebrates the great players, coaches and executives who have had a major impact during the team’s illustrious 34-year history. It bridges the past with the future of Magic basketball, and the exhibit, located in Amway Center on the terrace level near Nutrilite Magic Fan Experience, provides Magic fans an opportunity to learn some Magic history while in the building. The inductees are selected based on their overall on and off the court contributions to the team and organization, years of service, impact in the community and general character of the individual.
Jonathan Isaac to Miss Remainder of 2022-23 Regular Season Due to Another Injury
ORLANDO, Fla. – Orlando Magic forward Jonathan Isaac underwent surgery on Friday morning to repair a torn left adductor muscle and will miss the remainder of the 2022-23 regular season. An MRI conducted Wednesday revealed the injury, after he felt discomfort following Tuesday’s practice in Milwaukee.
“Our thoughts are with Jonathan, whose fortitude in dealing with adversity is unique,” said Orlando Magic President of Basketball Operations Jeff Weltman. “Jonathan has worked extremely hard to return to the court this season and has demonstrated his impact on our team. We will be by his side as he focuses on the work ahead.”
Isaac (6’10”, 230, 10/3/97) played in 11 games this season, averaging 5.0 ppg., 4.0 rpg. and 1.27 stlpg. in 11.3 minpg.
Originally selected in the first round (sixth overall) of the 2017 NBA Draft by Orlando, Isaac has appeared in 147 career NBA regular season games (106 starts), all with the Magic, averaging 9.0 ppg., 5.3 rpg., 1.0 apg., 1.43 blkpg. and 1.08 stlpg. in 24.7 minpg. He has also played and started in five career playoff outings, averaging 6.6 ppg., 6.2 rpg. and 1.00 blkpg. in 27.3 minpg.
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