Orlando Magic lose opener on the road at Indiana, 97-87

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ORLANDO -- The Orlando Magic have little hope of winning more than a third of the games on their 82-game schedule, if the opening night game loss on the road Tuesday night against the Indiana Pacers, 97-87, is any indication.

The Pacers were paced by top scorer Paul George's with 24 points and 14 rebounds grabbed by Roy Hibbert along with seven blocked shots.

Rookie Victor Oladipo, the Magic's No. 2 pick in the first round of the NBA draft had 12 points, along with three rebounds and two assists in 22:35, coming off the bench in what was a homecoming of sorts since he played college ball at Indiana University.

Orlando's top scorer in the game was Andrew Nicholson with 18 points, all in the first half, while coming off the bench.

While Orland's bench with contribution from Nicholson and Oladipo, the starting backcourt was not so respectable with Jameer Nelson and Arron Afflalo a combined for 7-for-27 shooting. Oladipo said he was excited to return to Indiana, but told media outlets after the loss, ""It felt good getting that reaction from the fans, but I like to win."

Victor Oladipo, the No. 2 overall pick of the Orlando Magic / Headline SurferPhoto for Headline Surfer / Victor Oladipo, was the overall No. 2 pick by the Orlando Magic in the 2013 NBA Draft.

Oladipo said he was excited to return to Indiana, but told media outlets after the loss, ""It felt good getting that reaction from the fans, but I like to win."

The schedule: The Magic play tonight at the Minnesota Timberwolves, Saturday at the New Orleans Pelicans and Sunday at the Brooklyn Nets.

FAST FACTS: Orlando Magic franchise

The Orlando Magic franchise was established in 1989 as an expansion franchise, and has had such notable NBA stars such as Shaquille O'Neal, Penny Hardaway, Grant Hill, Tracy McGrady, Steve Francis, Dwight Howard, and Rashard Lewis throughout its young history. The franchise has also been in the playoffs for more than half of their existence (14 playoff appearances in 24 years).

Did You Know?

On November 15, 2007, Bob Vander Weide, the son-in-law of Richard DeVos, officially took over as owner of the team, although ownership is still split evenly amongst Richard DeVos' other children as well.
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