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Wednesday, October 30th (All times Eastern)

Indiana Pacers (1-0) at New Orleans Pelicans, 8 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Indiana Pacers will try to go 2-0 Wednesday night when they visit the New Orleans Pelicans in their season-opener at New Orleans Arena.

The Pacers, the reigning Central Division champs and a favorite to win the NBA title this season, opened Tuesday's tilt with the Orlando Magic, 12-0, and finished with a 97-87 victory.

"We didn't really play a great basketball game but we were able to make enough plays to get out of here with a double-digit victory," said Pacers coach Frank Vogel. "I thought our defense in the third quarter and into the fourth quarter was really exceptional."

The defense was pretty exceptional early on as well. Roy Hibbert had 12 rebounds in the first quarter alone, which was only five off his career-best. He finished with 16 for the game, to go with eight points and seven blocks. Hibbert tweaked his knee late in the game, but he is fine and expected in the lineup against the Pelicans.

"He's fine. He landed awkwardly, twisted his knee a little bit," Vogel said of his prize center. "Wanted to get checked out and by the time he got checked out the game was in hand. He was available to return. He'll play tomorrow."

The Pacers, one of the league's best defensive teams last season, blocked 18 shots on Tuesday, which was a new franchise home record and one off the overall mark established in 1979.

Paul George, armed with a new max contract extension signed in the offseason, scored 24 points, grabbed six boards and handed out five assists. Lance Stephenson also had a great all-around game with 19 points, seven rebounds and five assists.

The Pelicans start the 2013-14 season with new faces, a new name and some new looks in their home building.

After several seasons as the Hornets, which was the franchise name when the team was in Charlotte, New Orleans is now known as the Pelicans. After a summer of renovations to New Orleans Arena, head coach Monty Williams elected to hold practice in the building on Monday.

"We just needed to get some shots up," Williams said. "I ran into that my first year, where we practiced so much at the Alario Center. The guys came to me and said, 'We need to practice at the arena so we can get used to it.' This time, I decided to just beat them to the punch."

The new faces included Jrue Holiday, an All-Star last season for the Philadelphia 76ers. He was traded in a package for No. 6 pick Nerlens Noel.

Also coming south to the Big Easy was Tyreke Evans. The 2010 Rookie of the Year was acquired in a sign-and-trade deal with the Sacramento Kings that cost the Pelicans point guard Greivis Vasquez and starting center Robin Lopez, now a member of the Portland Trail Blazers.

Evans is expected to come off the bench for Williams behind incumbent starters Holiday, Eric Gordon and Al-Farouq Aminu.

The face of the Pelicans is last year's No. 1 overall pick, Anthony Davis. He's had a monster preseason and the second-year big is expected to have an impact season.

The Pacers have won four straight against the Pelicans and five of the last six. Indiana has taken five of its last eight on the road in this series.

10/30 10:29:25 ET

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Schedule

Saturday, April 19Full Scoreboard
Brooklyn «94Final | Box
Toronto87
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, Game One. Brooklyn leads series, 1-0.
Golden State «109Final | Box
LA Clippers105
Western Conference Quarterfinals, Game One. Golden State leads series, 1-0.
Atlanta «101Final | Box
Indiana93
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, Game One. Atlanta leads series, 1-0.
Memphis553rd Qtr 4:57 | Box
Oklahoma City64ESPN, YES, TSN
Western Conference Quarterfinals, Game One.
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Standings

2013 - 2014 Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Toronto 48 34 .585 --- 26-15 22-19 32-20 L 1
x-Brooklyn 44 38 .537 4 28-13 16-25 26-26 L 2
New York 37 45 .451 11 19-22 18-23 26-26 W 4
Boston 25 57 .305 23 16-25 9-32 21-31 L 2
Philadelphia 19 63 .232 29 10-31 9-32 14-38 W 2
 
Central W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Indiana 56 26 .683 --- 35-6 21-20 38-14 W 2
x-Chicago 48 34 .585 8 27-14 21-20 35-17 L 1
Cleveland 33 49 .402 23 19-22 14-27 21-31 W 1
Detroit 29 53 .354 27 17-24 12-29 23-29 L 4
Milwaukee 15 67 .183 41 10-31 5-36 12-40 L 3
 
Southeast W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Miami 54 28 .659 --- 32-9 22-19 34-18 L 3
x-Washington 44 38 .537 10 22-19 22-19 33-19 W 4
x-Charlotte 43 39 .524 11 25-16 18-23 30-22 W 3
x-Atlanta 38 44 .463 16 24-17 14-27 28-24 W 1
Orlando 23 59 .280 31 19-22 4-37 17-35 L 4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
2013 - 2014 Western Conference Standings
 
Northwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Oklahoma City 59 23 .720 --- 34-7 25-16 36-16 W 1
x-Portland 54 28 .659 5 31-10 23-18 31-21 W 5
Minnesota 40 42 .488 19 24-17 16-25 23-29 L 3
Denver 36 46 .439 23 22-19 14-27 20-32 L 2
Utah 25 57 .305 34 16-25 9-32 13-39 W 1
 
Pacific W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-LA Clippers 57 25 .695 --- 34-7 23-18 36-16 L 1
x-Golden State 51 31 .622 6 27-14 24-17 31-21 W 2
Phoenix 48 34 .585 9 26-15 22-19 28-24 W 1
Sacramento 28 54 .341 29 17-24 11-30 15-37 L 1
LA Lakers 27 55 .329 30 14-27 13-28 15-37 W 2
 
Southwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-San Antonio 62 20 .756 --- 32-9 30-11 38-14 L 2
x-Houston 54 28 .659 8 33-8 21-20 31-21 L 1
x-Memphis 50 32 .610 12 27-14 23-18 29-23 W 5
x-Dallas 49 33 .598 13 26-15 23-18 29-23 L 1
New Orleans 34 48 .415 28 22-19 12-29 15-37 W 2
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
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Scoreboard
Local
Final
NOR 1
DUR 2
 
Final
WAS 3
STL 4
Final
CLE 0
TOR 5
Final
DET 5
ANA 2
Final
BOS 4
BAL 2
Final
KAN 5
MIN 4
Final
CHC 8
CIN 4
Final
OAK 4
HOU 3
Final
PIT 7
MIL 8
Final
NYM 5
ATL 7
Final
TAM 16
NYY 1
Final
MIA 7
SEA 0
Final
TEX 6
CWS 3
Final
LOS 8
ARI 6
Final
COL 3
PHI 1
Final
SDP 3
SFG 1
 
Final
TOR 87
BRK 94
Final
LAC 105
GSW 109
Final
IND 93
ATL 101
3rd
OKC 64
MEM 55
 
Final
STL 4
CHI 3
Final
PIT 3
CLB 4
2nd Intermission
COL 3
MIN 1
 
Final
NOR 1
DUR 2