Indiana Pacer sign coach Nate McMillan to multiyear deal
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Pacers have signed coach Nate McMillan to a multi-year contract extension.
McMillan will enter his third season as Indiana's head coach after serving as the associate head coach for three seasons under Frank Vogel. Terms of his deal were not announced Tuesday.
A'ja Wilson was the top pick in the WNBA draft by the Las Vegas Aces on Thursday night.
The South Carolina star post player will bolster the relocated franchise's frontcourt. The Aces, who moved to Las Vegas from San Antonio this past winter, had the first pick for the second straight season.
Frank Vogel was brought to Orlando two years ago with hopes he could get the Magic back to the playoffs, and stop the spinning of the revolving door to their coaches' office.
Neither of those things happened.
Vogel was fired by the Magic on Thursday about 10 hours after the team wrapped up a 25-57 season, its sixth consecutive losing year. Vogel, who had one year left on his contract, went 54-110 in his two years with Orlando.
It's all coming up roses for Pitt hoops these days.
They got a good coach in Jeff Capel. Some of the roster may actually return now. And a former Pitt standout had himself a night at Madison Square Garden.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The Orlando Magic finished off the depleted Dallas Mavericks with their G League players Wednesday night.
Jamel Artis, Khem Birch and Rodney Purvis, players who spent most of the season playing for the NBA G League's Lakeland Magic, combined for 16 of Orlando's 28 points in the fourth quarter of a 105-100 victory.
Magic beat Knicks 97-73 to end 3-game skid
NEW YORK (AP) — Orlando Magic coach Frank Vogel wondered why Jamel Artis went undrafted last summer.
He was even more surprised Artis was there for the taking after the New York Knicks decided to let him go after seeing him play in just one preseason game last October.
Mario Hezonja scored 19 points, Artis added a career-high 16 off the bench, and the Magic beat the Knicks 97-73 in a matchup between two lottery-bound teams on Tuesday night.
George’s 26 lead Thunder past Magic 112-105
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Orlando Magic coach Frank Vogel knows perhaps better than anyone how far Thunder forward Paul George has come in the NBA.
Vogel was a first-year coach with the Indiana Pacers who had just taken over at midseason when he took a chance on George his rookie year and made him a starter. He helped George become one of the league's most decorated stars during a six-year partnership.
Magic waive Payne in latest fallout of Michigan State crisis
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Orlando Magic waived Adreian Payne, the latest fallout from in has become a crisis at Michigan State.
Magic coach Frank Vogel confirmed the move Saturday, declining further comment other than to wish Payne well.
Magic beat Pistons 102-89 to snap nine-game losing streak
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The Orlando Magic got their first win in more than three weeks thanks to major contributions from some unlikely sources.
Point guard Elfrid Payton and reserve centers Bismack Biyombo and Marreese Speights teamed up to spark the Magic to a 102-89 victory over Detroit that ended a nine-game losing streak.
Payton had 19 points, eight assists and eight rebounds, while Biyombo and Speights combined for 28 points and 18 rebounds as subs for injured starting center Nikola Vucevic.
Magic top scorer Gordon out vs Hawks because of concussion
ATLANTA (AP) — Orlando leading scorer Aaron Gordon will miss the game against the Hawks because of a concussion, further draining the short-handed Magic.
The 6-foot-9 Gordon, averaging 18.5 points per game, was injured Friday as the Magic lost to Denver. Mario Hezonja will start in Gordon's spot Saturday night.
Gordon has 40 and 15, Magic beat Thunder to end 9-game skid
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Aaron Gordon never got out of control, and that made all the difference for the Magic.
"I think that's what was special about his night — he wasn't out there trying to play superhero," coach Frank Vogel said. "He played within himself for the most part, and as a result he shot a high percentage."
Gordon had 40 points and 15 rebounds Wednesday to help Orlando end a nine-game losing streak with a 121-108 win over the struggling Oklahoma City Thunder.
Wolves’ fourth-quarter failings reason for concern
Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau knew there might be a problem when the fourth quarter began Wednesday night. His team led by 26 points over Orlando. As Wolves reserves went out to start the quarter, Thibodeau noticed Magic coach Frank Vogel had all five of his starters out there.
Lillard has 26 points to lead Blazers over Magic 99-94
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Shabazz Napier is clearly comfortable in his role this season.
"I think you just go out there and play with a free mind, and just enjoy it," said Portland's reserve guard, who had a season-high 19 points in the Trail Blazers' 99-94 victory over the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night.
Magic end two-game losing streak with 112-99 win over Knicks
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — If there was any question how important point guard Elfrid Payton is to running the Orlando Magic's offense smoothly that has been put to rest.
After missing the previous eight games because of a left hamstring injury, Payton returned to the floor against the New York Knicks on Wednesday night. The Magic found their rhythm and winning touch with Payton back in the lineup in a 112-99 victory over the short-handed Knicks.
Speights’ 3-point outburst leads Magic past Pelicans, 115-99
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Marreese Speights held his follow-through as he watched his fifth 3-pointer in a six-minute span swish though. The 6-foot-10 forward then turned away with his lips pursed and three fingers extended on each of his hands, which he held down below his hips as he galloped triumphantly toward the other end.
Efficient Fournier lifts Magic over Spurs 114-87
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The season is a little more than a week old, but the Orlando Magic continue to shock the NBA.
The Magic buried the San Antonio Spurs 114-87 behind 25 points from Evan Fournier to run their record to an Eastern Conference-best 4-1.
Orlando led by as many as 36 points in a near-perfect performance at both ends of the floor. One week ago, the Magic led the Cleveland Cavaliers by as many as 37 in a 114-93 victory.
Magic seek better results, more wins with mostly same roster
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A disappointing season for the Orlando Magic in previous years was followed by drastic changes to the roster during the offseason.
They're taking a different approach this season. Instead of adding an impact player or trading a disappointing star, the Magic chose to follow up their fifth straight non-playoff season by not making a significant change to their roster.
Even second-year coach Frank Vogel isn't quite sure what to expect.
Coach Vogel’s return gives Magic continuity, confidence
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Change continues to be a constant theme around the Orlando Magic as the franchise searches for the right formula to return to the postseason.
But while there is a lot different about the Magic this season, it's what hasn't changed that gives the team optimism it can finally end its five-year postseason drought. This is the first time in most of returning players' time with the Magic that they will have the same coach in consecutive seasons with Frank Vogel back for Year 2.
Elfrid Payton has 22 points, Magic beat Nets 115-107
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The Orlando Magic might finally have found something to build their future around.
Elfrid Payton and Aaron Gordon, the team's first-round picks in the 2014 draft, lead the Magic to a 115-107 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday night.
Payton had 22 points, 11 assists and five rebounds, and Gordon added 21 points, six rebounds and two monster dunks off alley-oop passes from Payton.
Payton’s triple-double helps Magic rout Pistons 115-87
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The late-season shift to a smaller and quicker lineup has seemed to benefit all of the remaining Orlando Magic players, especially Elfrid Payton.
The third-year player has been on an impressive run since Frank Vogel made the change to small ball just before All-Star break, and his latest impressive performance further damaged Detroit's playoff hopes.
Magic storm back to beat 76ers 112-109 in OT
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Magic coach Frank Vogel had a simple message for his players at halftime, and he wrote it in bold letters on the locker room white board:
ENERGY — Orlando found it after the break.
The invigorated Magic rallied from a 17-point second-half deficit, then outlasted the Philadelphia 76ers 112-109 in overtime Monday night.
Orlando won consecutive games for the first time since late December. It was coming off a three-game West Coast swing.
Magic end 4-game skid with 109-103 win over Suns
PHOENIX (AP) — In a season that hasn't gone well, the Orlando Magic entered Friday night with only three wins in the second of back-to-back games this season.
Make it four.
Evan Fournier scored 11 of his 25 points in the first quarter, and the Magic ended a four-game losing streak with a 109-103 win over the Suns. The key was a good start and good finish a night after a 30-point loss at Golden State.
Ross provides spark for Magic in 105-86 win over Hawks
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — In the last week, the Orlando Magic have undergone a dramatic shift.
Only Terrence Ross is new, but his presence has allowed coach Frank Vogel to move players to their more natural position and to play at a faster pace. The new-look Magic offered a glimpse of how potent they can be during a 105-86 win over the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday night.
Magic President: Season has been ‘incredibly disappointing’
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Orlando Magic president Alex Martins entered the season believing this was the franchise's best chance to break into the playoffs for first time in the post-Dwight Howard era.
With 23 games remaining, Martins realizes that's a longshot at best.
Ross clears physical, but sits first game with Magic
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Terrence Ross' Orlando Magic debut will have to wait until after the NBA All-Star break.
Orlando Magic coach Frank Vogel said Ross passed his physical Wednesday and was set to make his debut against San Antonio, but Serge Ibaka had not completed his physical in Toronto prior to tipoff Wednesday night. Ibaka later passed his physical, but sat out for Toronto against Charlotte.
Magic’s Aaron Gordon day-to-day with bruised foot
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — MRI test show Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon had suffered no serious damage but does have a bone bruise to his right foot.
Magic coach Frank Vogel said Thursday morning that Gordon is listed as day-to-day and will miss Thursday night's home game against Philadelphia. Gordon's return to the lineup will depend on how he responds to treatment.
Magic awaiting test results on Aaron Gordon’s foot
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The Orlando Magic are waiting for test results on forward Aaron Gordon's injured right foot.
Gordon missed the second half of Tuesday night's 128-104 loss against the Houston Rockets after complaining of soreness and he didn't practice Wednesday. Magic coach Frank Vogel said he's hoping to have test results back by Wednesday night.
Magic losing ground if efforts to end postseason drought
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The Orlando Magic's lofty preseason goals have morphed into disappointment and possibly more postseason futility.
After years of coaching changes and constant re-imagining of the team, this was supposed to be Magic's breakthrough year into playoffs. But with the season more than halfway over and the team sitting at 19-32 and on the outside of the Eastern Playoff race, the outlook appears dismal in Orlando.
Magic roll to 115-103 win, hand Knicks 5th straight loss
NEW YORK (AP) — For the Orlando Magic, playing better started with playing harder.
Frank Vogel was disgusted by the Magic's effort in a loss at Indiana a night earlier, and the coach let them know about it Monday.
"Well it's no fun going into a game and having your opponent play decidedly harder than you," Vogel said. "That's no fun and that's what we saw last night and I believe we reversed it tonight."
Walker, Batum lead Hornets to 120-101 win over Magic
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Nicolas Batum's teammates are well aware of how talented he is. Now, opponents are taking notice, too.
Batum could have had his second triple-double in a week Wednesday night, but the Charlotte Hornets didn't need him in the fourth quarter of a 120-101 rout against the Orlando Magic.
Charlotte won its fourth in five games as Batum had 20 points, nine rebounds and eight assists in just under 30 minutes.
Magic hand Lakers 12th loss in 13 games
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Most NBA games are decided in the last few minutes. The Orlando Magic's 109-90 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night may have been decided in the first few minutes.
The Magic blocked eight of Los Angeles' first 16 shots and took a 10-point lead before the Lakers scored.
Payton has career highs in points and assists in Magic win
ATLANTA (AP) — Elfrid Payton had the best night of his career.
Even better, he did it on a night when the entire Orlando roster met coach Frank Vogel's mandate.
"Coach has been on us over the past month or so about making the extra pass, making plays for others," Payton said. "We did a good job of that."
Magic overcome Wall’s 52 points, beat Wizards 124-116
WASHINGTON (AP) — A rare offensive outburst by the Orlando Magic overcame the biggest night of John Wall's career.
Elfrid Payton scored 22 of his career-high 25 points in the first half and the Magic beat the Washington Wizards 124-116 on Tuesday despite Wall's 52-point performance.
The Magic were averaging 93.2 points and scored over 100 points in just five of their first 21 games but shot 52 percent en route to a third straight victory.
Though it hasn’t gone smoothly, Orlando Magic management has attempted to sell its post-Dwight Howard fan base on youth.
Ibaka lifts Magic over Jackson and Pistons 98-92
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — For about ten minutes on Sunday night, it appeared the Detroit Pistons had solved the Orlando Magic's lock-down defense.
Like the rest of the NBA, they will have to keep searching for answers.
Orlando gave up 27 points in the first 9:30 but then shut the Pistons down in a 98-92 victory.
Gordon powers Magic past slumping Sixers, 105-88
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Orlando Magic coach Frank Vogel had a simple trick to help his team get over a brutal loss in Memphis the previous night.
"I let them sleep in," Vogel said.
Aaron Gordon scored a season-high 20 points, Nikola Vucevic had 12 points, 11 rebounds and five assists and the Magic awoke from its slumber to cruise by the Philadelphia 76ers 105-88 in a matchup of slumping Eastern Conference teams Friday night.
Gasol scores 25 as Grizzlies rally to edge Magic 95-94
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Marc Gasol made the winning free throws, but Tony Allen's defense made the difference down the stretch.
"That's his job," Gasol said. "That's what he does, and he's really good at it."
Gasol scored 25 points, including a pair of free throws with 12.2 seconds remaining to give the Memphis Grizzlies a 95-94 victory over the Orlando Magic on Thursday night.
Ibaka’s 18 points help Magic upend sloppy Spurs 95-83
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — All of Orlando's early season struggles were forgotten in one charmed night.
Serge Ibaka had 18 points and the Magic took advantage of a sloppy game by San Antonio, winning 95-83 on Tuesday to snap the Spurs' nine-game winning streak.
"We scratched and clawed, that's what we needed to do," Orlando coach Frank Vogel said. "We're a desperate team. We needed a win and we needed to play with that kind of desperation."
Magic use late surge to beat Mavericks 95-87
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Orlando Magic coach Frank Vogel doesn't have one go-to player he can count on every night.
What he has are a collection of proven veterans who are capable of getting hot on any given night. On Saturday night against Dallas, it was D.J. Augustin's turn.
Pacers top Vogel, Magic 88-69
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — About 90 minutes before Monday night's game, Pacers coach Nate McMillan wasn't sure if Paul George was going to suit up.
Magic coach Frank Vogel knew better.
"I'm expecting him to play," Vogel said with a grin.
George scored 13 points in his return from a sprained ankle, and the Pacers spoiled Vogel's return to Indiana with an 88-69 victory Monday night.
Magic take step in process in 102-94 win over Kings
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — So much has been made about the process in this first season of the Orlando Magic under Frank Vogel.
There are just no shortcuts in the climb toward respectability for the Magic. And after slow starts in their first four games, Orlando put together its most complete game this season in a 102-94 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Thursday night.
AP Interview: Vogel brings positivity, winning ways to Magic
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Tipping off an NBA season isn't new to Frank Vogel, yet this year is different.
The always optimistic coach is starting over with the Orlando Magic after being dismissed by the Indiana Pacers. He is intent on getting the Magic back in the playoffs for the first time since Dwight Howard was with the team.
Magic’s Aaron Gordon ready to accept small forward challenge
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — During his first two NBA seasons Aaron Gordon was known much more his slashes to the basket and gravity defying dunks than his jumper.
Now the third-year Magic forward is being asked to be much more in the system of new coach Frank Vogel. Perhaps more than any of his teammates, Gordon will have the biggest shift moving from power forward to small forward with the goal of becoming a complete player who can impact the offense much the way Paul George did for Vogel in Indiana.
James, Cavaliers open preseason by beating Magic
LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers had a successful start to their title defense preparations.
James played just 13 minutes as the NBA champions opened the exhibition season with a 117-102 victory over the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night.
Cavs coach Tyronn Lue intends to keep James' playing time to a minimum during the preseason. The superstar scored seven points and had six assists. Lue also rested point guard Kyrie Irving and forward Tristan Thompson sat out with a stiff left foot.
Wade’s Bulls debut highlights Monday NBA preseason slate
Dwyane Wade was in Chicago and Tim Duncan wasn't with San Antonio as players and teams around the NBA began adjusting to new circumstances Monday.
The Oklahoma City Thunder played for the first time since Kevin Durant's departure, losing to Real Madrid in Spain. Frank Vogel made his Orlando coaching debut against Memphis, which played its opener under David Fizdale.