Halftime Rewind: Pacers 68, Magic 73

Wednesday, January 25 at 7:00 p.m. ET at the Amway Center

Halftime recap

The Indiana Pacers must overcome another slow start to come away with a win over the Orlando Magic at the Amway Center.

Despite dropping 46 points in the first quarter, the Pacers (24-25) trail the Orlando Magic (18-29) 73-68 at the break.

Two of the top rookies from the 2022 NBA draft put on a show as No. 1 overall pick Paolo Banchero has 17 points for the Magic and No. 6 pick Bennedict Mathurin has 14 points for the Pacers.

Buddy Hield has been a standout for the Pacers thus far, leading the team with 17 points by making all five of his 3-point attempts.

Both teams are shooting at a high clip, as the Magic made 60.9 percent of their shots while the Pacers hit 57.1 percent of their attempts.

In the first quarter, the Pacers gave up the most points of any quarter this season as the Magic took an early 46-29 lead.

Orlando made 16 of 25 shots in the opening frame and hit all eight free throw attempts while the Pacers turned the ball five times and made 50 percent of their shots.

The Magic continued to pour it into the rest of the quarter, and a 3-pointer from Jalen Suggs with a tick remaining put his team 17 ahead.

Banchero led all scorers with 13 points after 12 minutes of play, going 6-to-6 from the free throw line, and nine players scored for the Magic in the first quarter.

The Pacers scored six unanswered points to open the second quarter, then capitalized on a 14-2 run with six points from Mathurin and 3 points from Oshae Brissett and Hield to make it a one-ball game, 56 -54, with 5:10 left in the half.

Orlando responded with a 9-2 run to go up to 71-62, but two back-to-back 3-pointers from Hield made it 71-68 Magic with 23 ticks on the clock ahead of a Franz Wagner basket with a second left on the At five o’clock put the Magic on for the break.

TV: Bally Sports Indiana – Chris Denari (play-by-play), Quinn Buckner (analyst), Jeremiah Johnson (sideline reporter/anchor)

Radio: 93.5/107.5 The Fan – Mark Boyle (play-by-play), Eddie Gill (analyst), Pat Boylan (studio host)

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The Pacers return to Gainbridge Fieldhouse on Friday, January 27 at 7:00 p.m. ET for a battle against Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks. Find tickets >>

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