ORLANDO, FL – Back where his NBA career began, Victor Oladipo came to play on Monday night.
In the Indiana Pacers‘ (10-8) 105-97 win over the Orlando Magic (8-9), Oladipo posted a pretty remarkable stat line. Indy’s star guard scored 29 points, grabbed nine rebounds, had seven steals, dished out five assists and blocked a pair of shots.
With the victory, the Blue and Gold’s winning streak is up to four games.
Despite playing on the second night of a back-to-back, the Pacers came out firing in Monday’s first quarter. Indiana outscored Orlando 34-31 in the first, as Thaddeus Young knocked down his first five shots of the night in the period.
Indy’s offense cooled down in the second, however, as the Magic limited them to just 16 points. Orlando then finished the half on a 11-0 run, allowing the home team to take a 55-50 lead into the break.
In the third quarter, the Pacers would answer with their own quarter-closing run. Oladipo helped lead Indiana in the period with nine points, as the Pacers ended the third on a 20-7 run that left them with a 78-72 cushion.
The Blue and Gold led by 11 with 4:11 remaining in the fourth, but Orlando did not go down without a fight. With 49 seconds to go, an Aaron Gordon jumper made it a 98-95 ballgame, but the Pacers came up with an appropriate response. Bojan Bogdanovic drilled his fifth three-pointer of the night with 32 seconds on the clock, putting the game out of reach for the Magic.
Bogdanovic remains hot for Indiana, finishing with 26 points and seven boards on Monday. Bogdanovic also scored 26 on Sunday in Miami and scored in double-figures in Indy’s previous two games prior to that.
It was a big night defensively for the Pacers, too. Indiana forced 22 turnovers, including a whopping 17 steals. Oladipo was the team leader with seven, with four others also recording more than one steal.
Following a back-to-back sweep in Florida, Indiana will have a well-deserved three days of rest. The Pacers return to action on Black Friday, with their annual 8:00 p.m. home start. They will take on the Toronto Raptors in the first game of a back-to-back at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.