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Indiana Pacers finish top of Eastern Conference

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The final day of the season didn't really mean much to the Indiana Pacers, as they were focusing more on the play-offs, but this didn't stop them displaying a solid performance against Orlando Magic.

Frank Vogel's side went on to win the game 101-86 at the Amway Centre, considering the Pacers' head coach decided to rest a number of key players, including small forward Paul George.

The Pacers took the first quarter in mediocre fashion, with a five point lead at 25-20; Luis Scola hitting six for the visitors while Solomon Hill managed five on the board.
For Magic meanwhile, Arron Afflalo scored seven, hitting 100% of his attempted shots in the quarter.

In the second the Pacers weren't looking so comfortable, considering they took the quarter 21-20; shooting guard Evan Turner hit seven for the Pacers whilst playing the full 12 minutes, and for Orlando Tobias Harris hit six, scoring three of his attempted six field goals.

Going in at half-time the Pacers had a six point lead over the hosts at 46-40, as Vogel's side were on route to recording their third win of the season against the Orlando Magic.

As the third set off it was clear Pacers had an intention of rotating their team to let players get some game time, as the Vogel's men took the third at 29-22 with Lavoy Allen scoring ten points in nine minutes as well as grabbing two assists.

It was set up nicely in the fourth for the Pacers with a 13 point lead over Jacque Vaughn's men, and in the final quarter Chris Copeland stepped up to the plate recording 11 points to help the Pacers complete a clean sweep winning all four quarters and to head into the play-offs in good spirit.

After the game, Vogel stated to ESPN that he was very impressed by the guys who came off the bench as this wasn't the first time they grabbed his attention.

He said: "We've had pretty good health from our starters most of the season. So those bench guys haven't had opportunities to get extended minutes like this. So the Milwaukee game was good and this game was good."

In the game against the Milwaukee Bucks Vogel again went for the second team, with Luis Scola and Evan Turner both scoring over 20 points for the Pacers.

Last season the Indiana side finished third in the Eastern Conference along with winning the Central Division title, however they lost to Miami Heat in the Conference Finals leaving them to build for next season.

This season Vogel's men have won the Central Division title for a second consecutive year, and now take on the Atlanta Hawks in the first round of the play-offs, who they've already beaten twice this season as well as beating Mike Budenholzer's men in last years' play-offs 4-2.

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