Result: Indiana Pacers complete 97-87 victory over Orlando Magic

The Indiana Pacers produce a block-heavy defensive display to beat the Orlando Magic 97-87 on the opening night of the NBA season.

The Indiana Pacers got their NBA season off to a winning start as they beat the Orlando Magic 97-87 at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

David West #21 of the Indiana Pacers handles the ball against Jason Maxiell #54 of the Orlando Magic during the game at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on October 29, 2013© Getty Images

The Pacers had the performances of Roy Hibbert, Paul George and David West in particular to thank for their victory, with George scoring an impressive 24 points for his side.

Indiana will also look to their defensive efforts as being key in the game following Hibbert's display, which produced seven blocks, in addition to West's five blocks as the team notched a total of 18 blocks in the encounter.

The game had been tight going into the third quarter, but George scored a three-pointer right on the buzzer to give the Pacers some breathing space at 69-64 going into the fourth.

Coming into the final quarter Indiana's reserve line put the game to bed with an impressive scoring run, as Luis Scola, Orlando Johnson and Ian Mahinmi combined for 11 points in a 15-1 run that pushed Indiana's lead to 80-65 with just under nine minutes remaining in the game.

Dwyane Wade and LeBron James of the Miami Heat celebrate after defeating the San Antonio Spurs 95-88 to win Game Seven of the 2013 NBA Finals at AmericanAirlines Arena on June 20, 2013
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