Paolo Banchero’s 24 points and Franz Wagner’s 19 propelled the Orlando Magic (8-5) to a resounding 128-116 victory over the Indiana Pacers (7-5) on Sunday, securing their third consecutive win.
From the opening tip, the Magic asserted their authority, scoring the game’s first 11 points and establishing a commanding 42-21 lead after the first quarter.
The lead ballooned to an astonishing 38 points in the second quarter and eventually reached 40 in the second half, emphasizing the Magic’s control over the game.
The well-rounded Magic offense showcased six players scoring at least 13 points, with Jalen Suggs making a significant impact with nine of his 18 points in the opening quarter.
Moritz Wagner contributed 16 points, while Cole Anthony added 15 to the team’s impressive performance.
Despite a late rally by the Pacers in the final minutes, led by reserve Jordan Nwora’s 19 points, it wasn’t enough to overcome the Magic’s early dominance.
Pacers’ All-Star point guard Tyrese Haliburton struggled, missing all seven field-goal attempts in a two-point first half before finishing with 12 points.