Magic start slow, end fast in win over Pacers

The Orlando Magic sprinted to the finish line with a late run to turn back the Indiana Pacers 106-98 on Monday.

Vince Carter scored a game-high 28 points while Dwight Howard powered his way to 21 points and 23 rebounds for the Magic, who used a 12-2 spurt in the last few minutes to run away with what had been a close contest.

Trailing 96-94 with 4:58 left, Orlando scored 10 straight points over the next four minutes to halt a stretch of two straight losses and improve to 18-6 on the season.

Looking for their third straight win, the Pacers (8-14) faltered down the stretch with turnovers and missed shots despite 26 points for Mike Dunleavy.

Playing without leading scorer Danny Granger, who is out for at least four weeks with a foot injury, Indiana came out hot and led 36-19 early in the second quarter before Orlando recovered and pulled back to within one by halftime.

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