Jacque Vaughn benched Andrew Nicholson scored 18 points in the first half of the Orlando Magic's season opening loss to the Indiana Pacers, all coming in a 12-minute, 39-second stretch.
Nicholson's hot streak did not last. Nicholson was subbed out with 4:51 left in the second quarter and didn’t return to the court until the beginning of the fourth quarter.
When asked why he sat Nicholson in favor of Jason Maxiell, Vaughn said: “I thought Max was unbelievable against David West, and [Pacers coach Frank] Vogel ended up playing David West the entire third,” Vaughn said afterward. “So I thought that matchup was great for us. Andrew scored all his points against Scola. And, so, Scola wasn’t in the game, and so it was on me to make that call, and I did.”