Malcolm Brogdon scored 24 points and the Indiana Pacers used a big third quarter to rout short-handed Orlando 131-112 on Sunday night in a game marred by Magic rookie Devin Cannady’s gruesome ankle injury.
Cannady suffered an open fracture of his right ankle in the first quarter when he landed awkwardly while trying to contest Edmond Sumner’s layup. Magic center Mo Bamba was so shaken by the sight of the injury that he took his jersey off and placed it over Cannady’s badly broken and bleeding ankle.
The former Princeton star was set for surgery Sunday night. He was part of the Lakeland Magic’s G League title team this year.
Playing less than 24 hours after rallying to beat Detroit, the Pacers had a 41-20 edge in the third quarter to cruise to their third straight victory. Indiana remained a game behind Charlotte for eighth place in the Eastern Conference — two games ahead of No. 10 Washington.
Sumner added 21 points for Indiana, Justin Holiday hit six 3-pointers and had 20 points, and Caris LeVert had 18 points and six assists. The Pacers shot 54.9% and hit 15 3s.
Tyrone Corbin directed the Magic with head coach Steve Clifford out after testing positive for COVID-19 on Saturday despite not showing any symptoms. Corbin came into the game with plenty of experience after coaching Utah and Sacramento.
Dwayne Bacon led Orlando with 20 points, and Wendell Carter Jr. added 10 points and 13 rebounds.
The Pacers beat Magic for the third time this season and sixth overall.
Pacers: Indiana was without starters Domantas Sabonis (back strain) and Myles Turner (foot) and reserves Jeremy Lamb (knee) and Goga Bitadze (ankle) again. Sabonis, who has had 40 double-doubles and six triple-doubles, has missed the last four games and hasn’t played since April 18. The Pacers are 5-2 without Sabonis.
Magic: Clifford first tested positive following Thursday night’s loss to the Pelicans, but two tests on Friday were negative and Saturday’s was positive. Clifford got his second dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine on Thursday and he is hopeful his predicament doesn’t keep anyone from getting vaccinated. “I just don’t understand why anyone would be against the vaccination,” he said.
Rookie guard Devin Cannady suffered an open fracture of his right ankle in the first quarter when he landed awkwardly while trying to contest Edmond Sumner’s layup. Magic center Mo Bamba was so shaken by the sight of the injury that he took his jersey off and placed it over Cannady’s badly broken and bleeding ankle.
Pacers: Host Portland on Tuesday night.
Magic: Host the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday night.