Pacers rest 3 starters, cruise past Magic 101-86
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Rasual Butler and Chris Copeland each scored 19 points as the Indiana Pacers rested their key players and cruised to a 101-86 victory over the Orlando Magic in the regular-season finale for both teams.
The Eastern Conference's top seed ended the season winning three of four to shake off a nasty late-season slump. The Pacers will open the playoffs against eighth-seed Atlanta.
Orlando ended the season losing 16 of their last 20, with the fifth-worst record in franchise history.
The Magic trimmed what had been an 18-point, second-half deficit down to 12 in the fourth quarter before another late surge by Indiana helped secure the victory.
Indiana also knocked down 11 3-pointers, and racked up 40 points in the paint.
The Pacers didn't look short-handed as they went back and forth with the Magic in the first half, and took a six-point halftime lead.
Evan Turner had 11 first-half points, including one of the Indiana's six 3-pointers in the opening 24 minutes.
The Magic played 11 players in the half, with nine of them scoring. Orlando struggled from the field, though, shooting just 37 percent.
Notes: Orlando played without starters Jameer Nelson and Nik Vucevic. Nelson missed his third straight game with a strained left groin, and Vucevic was out for the seventh consecutive game with a sore left Achilles....The Magic were just 7-42 this season when their opponent scored 100 or more points.