National Basketball Association
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Orlando vs Indiana
When: 6:00 PM ET, Tuesday, August 4, 2020
Where: Visa Athletic Center, Kissimmee, Florida

The Magic and Indiana Pacers aim to remain unbeaten during the NBA's restart at the other's expense on Tuesday when they meet near Orlando.

Indiana (41-26) opened play in the Orlando area on Saturday with a 127-121 win over Philadelphia before routing the Washington Wizards two days later in a 111-100 matinee.

T.J. Warren scored 34 points in Monday's win, an encore to his 53-point eruption on 20-of-29 shooting in the defeat of the 76ers. The 87 combined points are tied for the second-most scored over two games in franchise history.

"That's just T.J.," Aaron Holiday said in his postgame teleconference with FOX Sports Indiana. "I know we (can) get a good 20-30 points out of him every night, and I know it's possible (to get) 50-60 (points). It's nothing new. He's been doing it all year."

Warren picked up the slack with Victor Oladipo scratched for a scheduled rest, as well as the absence Domantas Sabonis, who left the bubble due to a foot injury on July 24.

Orlando (32-35) built lopsided leads in both of its first two games during the restart, before cruising in the fourth quarter against both the Brooklyn Nets and Sacramento Kings.

Friday's 128-118 victory over Brooklyn gave Orlando a half-game lead for the Eastern Conference's No. 7 seed. Another Washington loss also moved the Magic closer to avoiding a play-in game at the conclusion of the two-week seeding round.

Each conference's ninth-place team can force a play-in if it is within a four-game margin of the No. 8 seed. Orlando currently leads Washington by 7.5 games.

Despite rolling in its first two games, Orlando's start was not without loss.

Jonathan Isaac tore the ACL in his left knee in Sunday's 132-116 rout of Sacramento, coming down hard while penetrating into the lane.

"That was tough man, that one brought me to tears instantly, just because I know how good of a guy J.I. is," Magic forward Aaron Gordon told the team's website. "I know how hard he works and how hard he has worked to get back since hurting himself in D.C. [on Jan. 1]."

Isaac sustained a hyperextended left knee on New Year's Day and missed the next 2 1/2 months up until the COVID-19 pandemic put the NBA season on hiatus.

Isaac's loss impacts Orlando's depth, but the Magic have flourished through their first two seeding games with a balanced look. Three players scored more than 20 points on Sunday, including Terrence Ross with 25 off the bench.

Nikola Vucevic hit for 22 and 23 points in Orlando's first two games in the bubble, and Markelle Fultz provided early energy off the bench on Sunday. He scored nine of his first 14 points in the opening quarter.

Fultz said in a teleconference last week the layoff from March provided him with a needed opportunity to recharge.

"After the All-Star break, my body was kind of tired, being so that was the first time I played that long," he said. "So right now, I actually feel really good. I think it's just a matter of just getting those reps up in a game and I don't think I'm far."

Likewise, Indiana guard Malcolm Brogdon was sidelined when the hiatus began. He also missed the Pacers' bubble debut after testing positive for COVID-19 in late June. He returned on Monday to score 20 points with seven rebounds and a team-high six assists.

--Field Level Media

Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
Orlando 32-35 W3 17-15 14-20 3-2 29-33 9-5 20-18
Indiana 41-26 W2 21-11 18-15 4-0 37-26 8-7 26-18
Last Meeting
Orlando Indiana
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
11/23/19 ORL 106 IND 111 106 33 46.7 111 42 54.4
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Orlando E. Fournier 26 47.8 0
Indiana D. Sabonis 25 60.0 7
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Orlando J. Isaac 9 1 8
Indiana D. Sabonis 9 3 6
Assists Player  
Orlando M. Fultz 9
Indiana T. McConnell 7
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Orlando E. Fournier 1217 46.5 178
Indiana T. Warren 1318 53.1 173
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Orlando N. Vucevic 660 142 518
Indiana D. Sabonis 816 200 616
Assists Player  
Orlando M. Fultz 369
Indiana M. Brogdon 386
Quickchart Matchup
Orlando Orlando Off vs  Indiana Indiana Defense
Orlando Off vs Indiana - Points For 107.1 Points For
Orlando Off vs Indiana - Points Against 107.5 Points Against
Orlando - FG% 44.4 FG%
Indiana - FG% 44.8 FG%
Orlando - Reb 44.5 Reb
Indiana - Reb 44.9 Reb
Indiana Indiana Off vs  Orlando Orlando Defense
Indiana Off vs Orlando - Points For 109.6 Points For
Indiana Off vs Orlando - Points Against 107.6 Points Against
Indiana - FG% 47.7 FG%
Orlando - FG% 46.4 FG%
Indiana - Reb 42.7 Reb
Orlando - Reb 44.9 Reb