Indiana Pacers (55-26) at Orlando Magic (23-58), 7 p.m. (ET)
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Indiana Pacers are the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference, but they will finish out the regular season Wednesday night when they visit the Amway Center to face the Orlando Magic.
"I was excited that we got it. It was something we set out for," head coach Frank Vogel said of the No. 1 seed. "It gives us the best chances going into the playoffs."
Indiana clinched the top seed and homecourt advantage throughout the Eastern Conference playoffs when the Miami Heat lost to the Washington Wizards on Monday night.
The Pacers will face the Atlanta Hawks in the first round of the playoffs, but Indiana must finish out the regular season. Vogel will balance the playing time of his key pieces.
"We're going to rest David (West), Lance (Stephenson) and Paul George," acknowledged Vogel. "We're going to let George (Hill) and Roy (Hibbert) get some work in the game. They'll start but won't play the whole game. They've both been struggling a little bit and I think it would benefit them to play without the starters."
The Pacers have won two of three and atoned for their Friday night loss in South Beach with a 102-97 home win over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday afternoon.
George hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with just over two minutes left, and Stephenson recorded his NBA-leading fifth triple-double with 17 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists. George totaled 20 points and 12 rebounds, while West scored 21 as the Pacers won for just the third time in nine games.
The Magic are headed back to the lottery and will finish with the third-worst record in the league. Utah could tie them with a win and an Orlando loss, but the Jazz swept the Magic in the regular season.
Orlando has dropped three straight, including Monday's 108-95 road loss to the Chicago Bulls.
Kyle O'Quinn totaled 20 points and seven rebounds and Andrew Nicholson scored 19 points for the Magic, who have lost six of eight. Arron Afflalo and Victor Oladipo scored 13 and 10 points, respectively, in the loss.
That setback gave the Magic a league-worst 4-37 mark on the road, which is also the worst in franchise history.
"With time, we'll be better (on the road)," said O'Quinn. "We made a good run at home and next year we hope that we keep the run going at home and step it up on the road."
The Pacers won two of three this season against the Magic. Their lone setback came in Orlando, where Indiana is 2-9 in its last 11 appearances.
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.
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.
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.
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.