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Paul George scored 24 points, and Roy Hibbert added 16 rebounds and seven blocks, leading the Indiana Pacers to a 97-87 victory over the Orlando Magic on Tuesday night in Indianapolis.
The two-man tandem looked every bit as dominant in the season opener as they did leading the Pacers (1-0) to the Eastern Conference finals last season. George’s buzzer-beating 3-pointer at the end of the third quarter gave Indiana a 69-64 lead and sparked the decisive 17-4 run to open the fourth. Hibbert nearly matched his career-high for rebounds in the first half. He had 8 points but left the game midway through the fourth quarter after injuring his knee. Team officials said it was not serious and he could have returned.