Turner powers Pacers past Magic
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coach Nate McMillan has noticed center Myles Turner's development
with each outing.
"He's a second-year player for us and it's a huge learning curve
from not starting much playing the (power forward spot) to now being
the anchor of an NBA team and you have to defend the paint,"
"Myles came into the league as a player that can score and do a lot
of things. What I've talked to him about is allowing the offense to
come to him and focus on learning how to defend the basket, defend
the pick and roll and rebound the ball. The offense will come, don't
force it. He seems to be in a good rhythm."
Turner recorded his fifth double-double of the season with 23 points
and 12 rebounds to lead the Pacers to a 117-104 victory over the
Orlando Magic on Sunday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Turner has
scored in double figures in 14 straight games with six 20-plus-point
performances during that span.
"I've just been the recipient of great passes," said Turner, who
sank 7 of 13 field goals and 8 of 9 free throws. "I'm not having to
create my own shot. It's pick-and-pop. I'm rebounding and playing
off my teammates right now. That's big for us."
Turner said his pick-and-roll chemistry with point guard Jeff
Teague, in his first season with the Pacers, has improved.
"He's doing a great job of reading the defenders," Turner said of
Indiana (17-18) has won 13 of the past 15 regular season meetings
with Orlando (15-20).
Paul George added 19 points for the Pacers, hitting 3 of 5
3-pointers. Teague contributed 12 points and nine assists for
Indiana. Teague sprained his left ankle in the first half but was
able to return in the second half.
Nikola Vucevic led Orlando with 18 points off the bench. Jeff Green
and Serge Ibaka each added 17 points.
The Pacers shot 50 percent (43 of 86).
"We didn't play a truly tough-minded defensive game," said Orlando
coach Frank Vogel, whose team shot 43.3 percent. "It started on the
basketball on the perimeter. We weren't very good. On the press, we
weren't containing the basketball."
Vogel said his team has had trouble matching up defensively the past
"Until that turns around and we change our fortunes there, we're not
going to be very good."
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forward Thaddeus Young had 10 points, scoring in double figures for
his eighth consecutive game. Aaron Brooks finished with 14 points
off the bench for Indiana. Al Jefferson scored 12 points off the
bench for Indiana.
McMillan was pleased with the bench's play against the Magic.
"We're looking for both units to be consistent with what they're
doing and there is not a drop-off or a not a huge hold to climb out
of when the second unit comes in," McMillan said.
The Pacers expanded their 11-point halftime lead to 16 at 89-73
after three quarters.
The Magic opened the fourth quarter with a 7-0 run to close the
deficit to 89-80 with 10:16 left in the fourth quarter. Indiana
answered with a 12-2 spurt to regain control at 101-82.
Brooks sank a 3 at the buzzer to give the Pacers a 62-51 lead at
halftime. Indiana shot 50 percent (23 of 46) in the first half while
Orlando hit 43.8 percent of its shots (21 of 48).
The Pacers led 27-17 after one quarter. After Vucevic's layup
narrowed Indiana's lead to 18-17, the Pacers finished the quarter on
a 9-0 run.
NOTES: Orlando coach Frank Vogel coached Indiana from 2010-16,
leading the team to two Eastern Conference finals. The Pacers topped
the Magic 88-69 on Nov. 14 in Vogel's first game as a visiting head
coach at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. ... Magic G Evan Fournier, who is
averaging a team-high 17.8 points, missed his fourth consecutive
game with a right heel contusion. ... Orlando Gs D.J. Augustin, C.J.
Watson and F Damjan Rudez are all former Indiana players. ...
Entering the game, the Pacers were No. 2 in the NBA in team free
throw percentage at 81.2 percent. ... Orlando F Serge Ibaka has led
the Magic in scoring eight times in the first 35 games of the
season. During seven seasons with Oklahoma City, Ibaka led or tied
for the team lead in scoring ten times.
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