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Malcolm Brogdon plays OT hero in Pacers' win over Magic

Field Level Media
23 Jan 2021, 13:55 GMT+10

Malcolm Brogdon made a go-ahead 3-pointer with 3.6 seconds remaining in overtime to give the Indiana Pacers a 120-118 victory over the Orlando Magic on Friday in Indianapolis.

Brogdon finished with 23 points, Jeremy Lamb had 22 off the bench and Myles Turner added a season-high-tying 22 in his return from a two-game absence.

Turner didn't look the worse for wear while playing with an avulsion fracture in his shooting hand. He made 9 of 14 attempts from the floor to go along with nine rebounds and three blocked shots.

Evan Fournier scored seven of his 26 points in overtime to stake the Magic to a 115-112 lead before Brogdon appeared to forge a tie after converting from beyond the arc. Replays showed that Brogdon stepped out of bounds on the shot, nullifying the bucket with 2:45 to play.

The teams each made a layup and a foul shot before Domantas Sabonis (18 points, 11 rebounds) made a short jumper to trim Indiana's deficit to one at 118-117 with 35.7 seconds left. Brogdon calmly sank a 3-pointer to give the Pacers the lead, and Fournier's bid from 3-point range caromed off the rim.

Nikola Vucevic collected 24 points and 12 rebounds, and Aaron Gordon finished with 17 for the Magic, who have lost seven of their last eight games.

Terrence Ross' 3-pointer and layup gave the Magic a 108-106 lead with 57.9 seconds to play in the fourth quarter, and the slim advantage held up until Sabonis converted from in close to forge a tie with 10.7 seconds left. Sabonis forced a turnover at the other end, however he was unable to get a shot off before the buzzer.

Turner scored 10 points in the third quarter to give Indiana an 88-87 lead. He highlighted that surge with a four-point play and blocked the shot of Dwayne Bacon from in close to preserve the slim advantage.

The Magic bolted out of the blocks to begin the second quarter, scoring 23 of the first 33 points to seize a four-point advantage. The Pacers put a stop to that, and Brogdon scored the last five points of the quarter to secure a 62-60 lead at intermission.

--Field Level Media

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