Magic commence trip against Pacers

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Orlando Magic, armed with a three-game losing streak, embark on a six-game road trip, starting Friday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse against the Indiana Pacers.

Orlando hasn't won since a week ago over the Charlotte Hornets. This odyssey may start in Indianapolis, but plenty of miles will be logged flying west. The Magic will face the Phoenix Suns, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers, Utah Jazz and Sacramento Kings on this trip.

On Wednesday, the Magic fell at home, 111-96, to the Warriors.

Tobias Harris, who missed the previous two games due to a strained right calf, scored 16 and pulled down 10 rebounds for the Magic, who are 2-1 in their last three away home. Nikola Vucevic had 11 points and 13 boards, while Elfrid Payton and Ben Gordon both scored 13 in defeat. Victor Oladipo had 12 points for the Magic.

"Offensively, we just couldn't get it together," Payton said.

The Magic trailed by 13 at the half and never closed the gap.

The Pacers fell to the San Antonio Spurs Wednesday, 106-100. The Spurs were without head coach Gregg Popovich, who missed the game after a minor medical procedure.

All of the other usual suspects were in the Spurs lineup, however.

"There is a reason they have won five championships," Indiana guard Rodney Stuckey said. "Ginobili is Ginobili. Parker does what he does. Tim Duncan does what he does. That is their trio right there and they do it well."

Stuckey netted 22 points to pace the undermanned Pacers, who were without center Roy Hibbert for the second straight game. Hibbert left Saturday's loss to Phoenix with a sprained left ankle.

Luis Scola added 13, followed by 12 from Chris Copeland, 11 out of AJ Price and 10 from Solomon Hill. The Pacers shot a blistering 47.6 percent from long range, but allowed the Spurs to shoot 55.4 percent.

The Pacers are the fifth-ranked team in the NBA in opponents' scoring, but have surrendered 100 points or more in their last three.

The good news for Indiana is that David West is expected to make his season debut on Friday. The All-Star forward missed the season to date with an ankle injury.

The Pacers took three of four from the Magic last season and five of the last six meetings. Orlando has dropped three in a row at Bankers Life Fieldhouse after winning the previous five trips there.