Orlando trailed 69-64 going into the fourth quarter following an unlucky finish to the third period. After a Ronnie Price’s floater got Orlando to within 65-64, the Magic were whistled for a second delay of game foul, resulting in a technical foul. Following David West’s free throw, George drilled a 3-pointer at the horn to give Indy a five-point bulge heading into the fourth period.
``I took a look at the film and it looks like their guy and our guy had their hands up at the basketball and we get the delay of game that allows them to score four points in six seconds on us,’’ a frustrated Vaughn said. ``So that’s a huge turnaround. I know that’s a point of emphasis of not touching the basketball (following a made basket), but I think we need be clear who touches the basketball. That was a huge turning point in the game.’’
Orlando shot just 36.4 percent in the third quarter (8 of 22), compared to Indiana’s 72.7 percent (8 of 11) in the period.
Orlando showed incredible grit and resolve in the first half, battling back from an early 12-point deficit to take a 44-40 lead into intermission. It was quite an impressive turnaround from a Magic team that missed its first five shots and got blitzed on the boards early in the game. Orlando outscored Indiana 26-17 in the second quarter largely by forcing eight Pacers turnovers.
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