Trans. Apr 23 9:02 ET (Apr 23 9:02 ET ) Things havent been all sunshine, rainbows, and wins for the Indiana Pacers since they dealt for Evan Turner in the eleventh hour of the NBA trade deadline. We always knew Evan to be a little bit different while he played in Philadelphia, but there were never reports like the one Yahoo!s Adrian Wojnarowski wrote about after the Pacers win over the Hawks last night.
The Scoop:"This stuff happens, but the timing wasn't ideal," said one witness to the scuffle. The Pacers were crushed in Game 1 but they bounced back to even the series at 1-1 on Tuesday. Stephenson had seven points, five assists and three turnovers in 25 minutes during Game 2, Turner had three points in 11 minutes off the bench, and Roy Hibbert had another awful game with six points on 1-of-7 shooting. Paul George (27 points) and Luis Scola (20 points) bailed them out, and they'll need a more balanced team effort to keep their momentum in Atlanta on Thursday.
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Lightly regarded forward Rasual Butler scored a season-high 19 points, leading the Indiana Pacers to a 101-86 victory over the hapless Orlando Magic on Wednesday night. Forward Evan Turner had 14 points, eight rebounds and six assists to help the Pacers (56-26) finish the regular season with the best record in the Eastern Conference. Indiana already had clinched the Eastern Conference's No. 1 seed in the upcoming playoffs on Monday night and were resting three regular starters on Wednesday. The Pacers will open the playoffs this weekend against the No. 8 seeded Atlanta Hawks.