Orlando center Nikola Vucevic learned he was going to be a first-time All-Star on Thursday, then celebrated with his third straight double-double in a Magic victory.
His numbers were rather routine for him -- 17 points, 10 rebounds -- but the 107-100 home victory over the Indiana Pacers was something of a rarity for Orlando, which snapped a four-game losing streak.
Vucevic and the Magic (21-31) will wrap up a three-game homestand Saturday against the Brooklyn Nets.
Vucevic, 28, was selected as a reserve from the Eastern Conference for the All-Star Game. He is averaging 20.6 points and 12.0 rebounds this season, which are both career highs. He is the first All-Star from the Magic since Dwight Howard in 2012.
"A great night, one of the best nights, obviously, that I've had in my professional career," Vucevic said on NBA.com. "It's an amazing feeling being selected as an All-Star.
"Obviously, I made it, but my team helped me so much get to this level this season. My teammates believed in me all year long and the new coaching staff pushed me every day to play even better. Once I started the season well, they all got behind me and kept pushing me to play even better."
The Nets (28-25) also have an All-Star, as guard D'Angelo Russell was named as an injury replacement for Indiana's Victor Oladipo. Russell strengthened his cause with 25 points and nine assists in Brooklyn's 117-114 loss at San Antonio on Thursday.
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