Denton: Magic vs. Pacers Analysis (2/3/14)


The Magic (13-37) were within two points of Indiana (37-10) with 7 minutes left in the third quarter, but their strong offensive play ground to a halt when they couldn’t get enough stops to run. Still, Magic coach Jacque Vaughn liked how his Magic attacked a Pacers team that came into the game first in the NBA in points allowed per game and field goal percentage allowed.

``I think it’s a motivating factor to look at an (Indiana) group and see how they play every night and how they play defense and that gives them a chance to win every night,’’ Vaughn said. ``But we did a lot of good things tonight. We made this game tough on them. They got a spurt on us with their second unit, but overall we did some good things.’’

Afflalo gashed the Pacers in the first half with a jaw-dropping shooting performance, but he couldn’t keep it up and scored just two of his 20 points after halftime. Afflalo missed his final six shots and sat on the bench late in the game with a disgusted look on his face.

``When you have a good first half to keep the game competitive the expectation to move it forward into the third quarter, keep the game tight and have the confidence to win it in the fourth. I shot one for six in the third quarter. There’s some responsibility that I have to take advantage of.’’


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