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Apr 16

Grades: Indiana Pacers 101, Orlando Magic 86

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Indiana Pacers 101 Final
Recap | Box Score
86 Orlando Magic

Maurice Harkless
5-9 FG | 4-7 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 14 PTS | -20

Last season, Harkless shot 27.4 percent from 3-point range. This season? He upped his percentage to 38.3 percent when it was all said and done. That’s a win for the Magic. Harkless has all the makings of being a 3-and-D player, who can also be an effective slasher (think Matt Barnes, but without the passing ability). Now about that free throw shooting.

E’Twaun Moore
5-12 FG | 3-3 3P | 6 REB | 3 AST | 13 PTS | -8

Amidst all the youth on Orlando’s roster, I think people tend to forget that Moore (24) is one of the team’s “older” young players. Which is to say that the odds of Moore continuing to get exponentially better are lower than Victor Oladipo, for example. Moore got better this season, mostly as a shooter, but he’s still nothing more than a fringe back-up guard.

Doron Lamb
4-12 FG | 3-7 3P | 0 REB | 2 AST | 11 PTS | -16

After getting barely any playing time for most of the season, Lamb saw a lot of action in the month of April. Part of that was Oladipo’s minutes getting cut. Part of that was Nelson getting hurt. The problem for Lamb is that he didn’t prove he belongs on the court. His 8.5 PER in April (7.5 PER for the season) is replacement-level.

Andrew Nicholson
4-8 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 10 PTS | -6

Nicholson has to be happy that he was able to finish the season on a positive note. He scored in double figures in each of the Magic’s last three games. That’s after Nicholson failed to score in double figures in three months. As for the corner 3 experiment, Nicholson’s 3-point percentage for the season was 31.5 percent. That’s solid and something Nicholson can build on.

Indiana Pacers

With the Pacers sitting three of their starters (Lance Stephenson, Paul George, and David West) and playing George Hill and Roy Hibbert in the first half only, combined with the Magic resting most of their starters, this matchup was nothing more than a glorified D-League game. With the No. 1 seed locked up, Indiana had nothing to play for. Neither did Orlando.

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