Trans. Apr 16 7:38 ET (Apr 16 7:38 ET ) After enduring a rough stretch over the past two months, the Indiana Pacers will enter the playoffs on a bit of a roll. Rasual Butler and Chris Copeland each scored 19 points as the Pacers rested their key players and cruised to a 101-86 victory over the Orlando Magic in the regular-season finale for both teams. The Pacers sat three starters - Paul George, Lance Stephenson and David West - and played George Hill and Roy Hibbert sparingly. It was the second time in two weeks Indiana won with starters on the bench.
The Scoop:With the first seed in the East locked up, the Pacers are just trying to give their key players some rest while hoping to reclaim the elusive chemistry that abandoned them after the All-Star break. After shooting a mere 37.2 percent from the field in March, George is still stuck at 40.2 percent in April.
Lance Stephenson (rest) will not play vs. the Magic on Wednesday.
The Scoop:Stephenson is fresh off Sunday's triple-double, during which he played with uncommon energy, so perhaps coach Frank Vogel's prescribed rest is doing the trick. Fantasy owners should note that despite Stephenson's occasional triple-doubles and impressive rebounding totals, his limited defensive stats (0.7 steals), poor FT percentage (71.1 percent) and high turnovers (2.7 per game) conspired to make him a 10th-round value in nine-cat leagues this season. He fares better in eight-cat and head-to-head formats.
Lance Stephenson finished with 17 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists as Indiana beat Oklahoma City 102-97 to move a step closer to clinching home-court advantage throughout the Eastern Conference playoffs. Paul George hit the go-ahead three-pointer with just over two minutes left for the Pacers who climbed a half-game ahead of Miami, which was idle Sunday, for the top seed in the East. "We've been steadily improving," Indiana's David West said. The Pacers, who lost at Miami on Friday, finished with the NBA's best home mark at 35-6 and will complete the regular season Wednesday at Orlando.