Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Recap: Magic White 85, Pacers 76

While there have been a plethora of terrific individual performances to this point of the Southwest Airlines Orlando Pro Summer League, the Orlando Magic's White team has arguably been the most cohesive.
That may surprise some considering nobody on that roster is guaranteed an NBA roster spot next season. Perhaps that has fueled them as a group. They have banned together and played excellent team basketball.
Chris Singleton, who played for the Wizards from 2011-2014, led four Magic White players in double figures with 17 points in an 85-76 win over the Indiana Pacers on Monday. He shot 8-of-12 from the floor and added six rebounds, three assists and three blocks.
"Our guys have done a good job sharing the ball and playing defense," said Bill Peterson, head coach of the D-League's Erie BayHawks who is also coaching the Magic White squad. "We want to be a physical team."
Magic White (2-0) have scored the most points (172 total) amongst all teams that have played two games.
Keith Appling, who played under coach Peterson in Erie last season, contributed 17 points and three steals.
"His development is out the roof, real real high," Peterson said about Appling. "His ability to run our team, he's starting to think the game better. His mental makeup has improved a great deal."
Magic White did most of their damage from the free throw line. They attempted 20 more foul shots than the Pacers and made 30-of-36 from the stripe.
Indiana's Myles Turner, who posted 20 points and eight rebounds on opening day, did most of his work on the defensive end. He racked up six blocks. Fouls continue to be a concern, however. He was whistled eight times in 27 minutes on the floor.
Shayne Whittington led the Pacers with 16 points, while Trent Lockett added 11 and Joe Young scored nine.

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