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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Nikola Vucevic had 16 points and 15 rebounds to help the Orlando Magic snap a six-game home losing streak with a 97-86 victory over Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night.

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Orlando has won two of its last three, having also slipped past the red hot Los Angeles Clippers last week. It was the Magic's first home victory since Dec. 19.

The Magic led by as many as 22 points, blowing the game open with a big second -quarter run that included a barrage of 3-pointers. The Magic connected on 12 of their 21 attempts from beyond the arc for the game.

Paul George had 20 points and 10 rebounds to lead Indiana. George Hill added 15 points.

The Pacers have lost two of their last three.

Indiana briefly threatened to begin the fourth quarter, cutting Orlando's lead to just 13 points.

The surge dissipated, though, thanks to a 10-4 run by the Magic to begin the period to push it back to 87-68.

Orlando also got a boost from forward Glen Davis, who started his first game since returning from a sprained left shoulder. He had sat out 11 straight games before coming off the bench in the Magic's blowout loss at Washington on Monday.

He got involved early Wednesday in his first home game since Dec. 19, scoring seven of Orlando's first 13 points before taking his first rest late in the first quarter. He finished with 11 points and four rebounds in 24 minutes.

Davis' start helped the Magic shoot 46 percent (21 for 45) from the field in the first half on their way to building a 51-35 halftime advantage.

Indiana sprinted out to a 15-8 lead before a 32-8 run by the Magic gave them their largest lead of the half at 40-23.

Orlando spread the offensive wealth, getting a variety of shots inside and out. The Magic hit six 3-pointers and Davis and Vucevic combined for 19 first-half points.

Vucevic also secured his eighth consecutive double-double in the first half with 10 rebounds.

George's 14 points paced Indiana in the early going. Hibbert had his way inside with nine points, but the Pacers backcourt of Lance Stephenson and George Hill were just 2 for 10 shooting combined in the opening 24 minutes.

Notes: Vucevic now leads Orlando with 20 double-doubles on the season. ...Magic PG Jameer Nelson was presented with a game ball by team CEO Alex Martins and general manager Rob Hennigan to commemorate the new, all-time assist mark he set last week at Portland. ...C Gustavo Ayon missed his sixth straight game with a right thigh bruise. ...Pacers coach Frank Vogel said it will still be a few weeks before F Danny Granger returns from a sore left knee that has kept him sidelined all season.

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