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GAME RECAP: Pacers 111, Magic 106

Domantas Sabonis and the Pacers sends the Magic's home with an L, 111-106.

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GAME RECAP: Pacers 111, Magic 106

Domantas Sabonis and the Pacers sends the Magic's home with an L, 111-106.
Nov 23, 2019  |  00:01

Holiday Brothers Connect for the Clutch Three

Holiday Brothers Connect for the Clutch Three
Nov 23, 2019  |  00:18

Postgame: Pacers Locker Room - Nov. 23, 2019

November 23, 2019 - Aaron Holiday, Justin Holiday, Doug McDermott, and Myles Turner discuss the 111-106 victory over the Orlando Magic Saturday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Nov 23, 2019  |  02:23

Postgame: McMillan Press Conference - Nov. 23, 2019

November 23, 2019 - Pacers head coach Nate McMillan speaks with the media following Indiana's 111-106 win over the Orlando Magic on Saturday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Nov 23, 2019  |  06:39

Holiday Makes it Look Easy

November 23, 2019 - Aaron Holiday knifes through the lane for the smooth finish.
Nov 23, 2019  |  00:09

McConnell Finds Domas for the And One

November 23, 2019 - T.J. McConnell converts the tough pass to Domantas Sabonis, who muscles it in through contact.
Nov 23, 2019  |  00:08

Domas Feeds Doug for the Dunk

Domas Feeds Doug for the Dunk
Nov 23, 2019  |  00:07

Turner With the Easy Dunk

Turner With the Easy Dunk
Nov 23, 2019  |  00:07

Hickory Halftime: Hallie Bryant

Nov. 23, 2019 - Former Indiana Mr. Basketball and Harlem Globetrotter Hallie Bryant is honored as the Hickory Honoree at Saturday's game.
Nov 23, 2019  |  01:47

Sabonis With the Putback Slam

November 23, 2019 - Domantas Sabonis rises up for the putback dunk.
Nov 23, 2019  |  00:09

Pacers Putting on a Passing Clinic

November 23, 2019 - T.J. McConnell, Justin Holiday, and TJ Leaf team up for a well-executed fastbreak.
Nov 23, 2019  |  00:07

Great Ball Movement Leads to Leaf's 3-Pointer

November 23, 2019 - T.J. McConnell and Justin Holiday each make sharp passes that end up with TJ Leaf hitting the corner three.
Nov 23, 2019  |  00:11

McConnell Finds McDermott For Three

November 23, 2019 - T.J. McConnell shoots the smooth pass over to Doug McDermott for the 3-pointer.
Nov 23, 2019  |  00:09

Turner Uses the Pump Fake

November 23, 2019 - Myles Turner gets the defender to jump on the pump fake and gets the easy layup.
Nov 23, 2019  |  00:07

Game Rewind: Pacers 111, Magic 106

Saturday, November 23, 2019 at 7:00 PM ET at Bankers Life Fieldhouse
by Wheat Hotchkiss
Pacers.com Writer/Editor
@Wheat_Hotchkiss

Game Recap

The second time was the charm for Aaron Holiday on Saturday night.

With the Pacers tied at 106 with the Orlando Magic and after a timeout with 31.1 seconds remaining, Holiday went right around a screen and pulled up for the go-ahead jumper. He missed, but Pacers center Myles Turner was there to corral the rebound.

Turner quickly dished to Justin Holiday in the left corner. The elder Holiday passed back to his younger brother at the top of the key. Aaron drove right again, but this time dished back to Justin. Justin took one dribble as Aaron backpedalled back behind the 3-point line, then dumped the ball off to his little brother.

This time, Aaron didn't miss, swishing the go-ahead 3-pointer with 8.7 seconds to play.

After an Orlando timeout, Justin Holiday then stole the ball from Evan Fournier and drilled two free throws to seal a 111-106 win for Indiana (9-6) on Saturday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

"I just tried to re-space to help him out, see if I could get an open shot," the younger Holiday said about the game-winning sequence. "He found me and I hit it."

"Aaron's never been afraid of anything," his older brother added.

After combining for 44 points in Monday's win in Brooklyn, the Holiday brothers once again came up big for the Pacers in their first game after a four-day break. Aaron finished with 13 points, four rebounds, and four assists, while Justin added 12 points, three boards, six assists, and two steals off the bench in the victory.

Domantas Sabonis led Indiana with 25 points on 9-of-15 shooting, nine rebounds, and four assists as Indiana opened a four-game homestand with a victory over Orlando (6-9).

The Pacers' shots were falling early on Saturday. Indiana connected on six of its first seven shots and finished the first quarter shooting 52.6 percent from the field. But the Blue & Gold also committed seven turnovers in the opening frame and that was the difference as they trailed Orlando after one, 25-24.

Indiana's bench started the second quarter off strong, opening the frame with a 16-5 run to put the hosts in front. T.J. McConnell — back on the court after missing the past two games with a groin injury — hit a floater and dished out three assists in that stretch, which also featured a pair of buckets from rookie center Goga Bitadze and 3-pointers from Doug McDermott and TJ Leaf.

The Pacers' starters put together an impressive run of their own when they returned to the court, reeling off an 11-2 spurt to extend the lead to 15 points. Orlando managed to trim five points off that deficit before halftime, making it a 55-45 game at the break.

Orlando caught fire from beyond the arc in the third quarter. The Magic hit seven of their first 10 3-point attempts in the third quarter, tying the game at 74 on Terrence Ross' 3-pointer with 4:12 remaining in the frame.

The Magic eventually moved in front when Mo Bamba connected on their eighth trey of the quarter. The Pacers twice tied the game, but Fournier's fadeaway jumper in the closing seconds of the period gave the visitors an 85-83 advantage heading into the fourth.

The Pacers got into the 3-point act themselves in the fourth quarter. McDermott buried a three from the left corner on the opening possession of the frame to give Indiana a brief lead. McConnell put the hosts back in front shortly thereafter, getting the shooter's roll on an attempt from the left wing to break an 88-88 tie, though a replay review later determined his foot was on the line, making it a long two-pointer. Justin Holiday then drilled a triple of his own two possessions later to extend the lead.

The Blue & Gold nursed a narrow lead for the next several minutes thanks to a steady diet of Sabonis buckets in the post.

With the score at 104-101, both teams went cold for over two minutes before Khem Birch's putback broke the drought and made it a one-point game with 2:10 to play.

Aaron Holiday answered on the other end, dicing through the Orlando defense for a layup.

Orlando trimmed one point off the deficit on a Jonathan Isaac free throw, then tied the game at 106 when Markelle Fultz jumped a T.J. Warren pass and raced to the other end for a dunk with 31.1 seconds left, setting the stage for Aaron Holiday's heroics.

"He's showing more and more confidence out there and taking his shot," Pacers coach Nate McMillan said. "I didn't think that he forced anything tonight. He had some good looks that he missed in the first half, but those five points he scored late in the game was big for us."

Six Pacers finished in double figures on Saturday. Jeremy Lamb had 14 points in his first game back after missing seven games with a sprained ankle. McDermott connected on 3-of-5 3-pointers on his way to 13 points, while Turner added 10 points, five rebounds, and three blocks.

"We put a lot of effort into that game," McDermott said. "After four days of practice, we were ready to play. It's good to come out with a W."

Fournier led Orlando with 26 points in the loss, while Isaac added 25 points and nine rebounds, going 10-for-16 from the field and 4-for-6 from 3-point range.

The Pacers continue their homestand on Monday, when they host the Memphis Grizzlies at 7:00 PM ET.

Inside the Numbers

Aaron Holiday has now scored in double figures in six straight games.

Sabonis came one rebound shy of recording his ninth consecutive double-double.

Indiana's bench outscored Orlando's reserves, 47-34.

The Pacers won despite committing a season-high 19 turnovers.

Isaac set a new career high with 25 points, while Fournier's 26 points matched his season high.

You Can Quote Me On That

"Just try to get in there, make plays, be aggressive for my teammates. Just trying to get back into it. I was on the bench for a while. But trying to get my mojo back." -Aaron Holiday on his mindset late in the game

"It just shows the talent we have here. The guys are able to step up when their number is called. We’ve got a bunch of professionals on this team, on and off the court, and they prove it each day." -McConnell

"I got hit and I fell and (Myles) Turner gets a rebound. That's on me. We played well enough to win, just it sucks the way the game ended." -Isaac on the play that ended with Holiday's game-winning shot

Stat of the Night

The Pacers shot a season-best 54.4 percent from the field on Saturday and went 10-for-18 (55.6 percent) in the fourth quarter.

Noteworthy

  • Indiana is now 2-0 against the Magic this season (they also won 109-102 on Nov. 10 in Orlando). The two teams won't meet again until the final weeks of the regular season. The Pacers visit Orlando on March 25 before the Magic return to Indianapolis on April 11.
  • Both teams were without starters on Saturday. Pacers point guard Malcolm Brogdon missed his third straight contest with lower back soreness, while Orlando was without its starting frontcourt of forward Aaron Gordon and center Nikola Vucevic due to ankle injuries.
  • Saturday's game was the first Hickory night of the 2019-20 season. 1953 Indiana Mr. Basketball and Harlem Globetrotter ambassador Hallie Bryant was the Hickory honoree and was recognized in a special halftime ceremony.

Up Next

The Pacers continue their four-game homestand by hosting Ja Morant and the Memphis Grizzlies at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Monday, Nov. 25 at 7:00 PM ET. Find Tickets »

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