National Basketball Association
<    March    >
S M T W T F S
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
8 9 10 11 12 13 14
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
22 23 24 25 26 27 28
29 30 31
 
              === Pacers rest starters, but easily beat Magic ===
 
 Orlando, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Rasual Butler and Chris Copeland each scored
 19  points  to lead the  Indiana Pacers to  a regular season-ending 101-86 win
 over the Orlando Magic.
 
 Evan  Turner chipped  in 14  points, eight  rebounds and  six assists  for the
 Pacers  (56-26), who  finished with the best  record in the East and will have
 home-court advantage throughout the conference playoffs.
 
 The  Central  Division champions will start  the playoffs against Atlanta in a
 rematch of last year's first-round series, won in six games by the Pacers. The
 teams split this season's four-game series. The postseason set begins Saturday
 night in Indianapolis.
 
 Lavoy  Allen  ended with  12 points and  11 boards for  the Pacers, who rested
 regular  starters  David West, Paul  George and Lance Stephenson. Donald Sloan
 tallied 13 points in a reserve role.
 
 "It's  a new game now, it's playoff time, 0-0," Pacers guard George Hill said.
 "It's the first to 16 (wins)."
 
 Mo Harkless had 14 points to pace the Magic (23-59), who lost their final four
 games and finished with the third-worst record in the league.
 
 "We  have  good men in  the locker  room who want  to get better," Magic coach
 Jacque Vaughn said. "They got better this year."
 
 Dewayne Dedmon, who had eight points and 13 rebounds, made a jumper to get the
 Magic  within 46-42 a minute into the second half. The Pacers, though, went on
 an ensuing 20-6 spurt. Sloan finished off the burst with a 3-pointer.
 
 Indiana  held a 75-62 lead after three and widened the gap to as many as 19 in
 the final quarter.
 
 The Magic led by as many as seven in the first quarter, but later gave up nine
 straight  points and trailed 25-20 after 12 minutes. The visitors led 46-40 at
 the half.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Copeland  was  5-of-11 from 3-point range  ... Indiana held a 52-40 rebounding
 advantage  ... E'Twaun Moore had 13 points, Doron Lamb 11 and Andrew Nicholson
 10 for the Magic, who shot 40.5 percent from the field.
 
 
 
 
 
 04/16 23:56:53 ET