Paul George scored 24 points, and Roy Hibbert added 16 rebounds and seven blocks, leading the Indiana Pacers to a 97-87 victory over the Orlando Magic on Tuesday night in Indianapolis.
The two-man tandem looked every bit as dominant in the season opener as they did leading the Pacers (1-0) to the Eastern Conference finals last season. George’s buzzer-beating 3-pointer at the end of the third quarter gave Indiana a 69-64 lead and sparked the decisive 17-4 run to open the fourth. Hibbert nearly matched his career-high for rebounds in the first half. He had 8 points but left the game midway through the fourth quarter after injuring his knee. Team officials said it was not serious and he could have returned. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.