By John Denton
January 16, 2013
ORLANDO – With Glen "Big Baby’’ Davis back in the starting lineup and most of the Orlando’s regular rotation whole once again, the Magic offered up an exhibit of just how good they can be with a highly impressive showing on Wednesday night.
Davis got the Magic off to a fast start with some aggressive play on the inside and Orlando’s shooters did the rest in a thorough 97-86 throttling of the Indiana Pacers – a showing that was arguably Orlando’s best start-to-finish performance of the season.
``This (win) goes up there. When we’re all full throttle, we can play with the best of them,’’ said Davis, referring to the quality of the win against a Pacers team that had won 14 of 18 games before Wednesday. ``So we’ve just got to keep up the good work and make sure we don’t get comfortable. We’ve just got to get back to our winning ways.’’
The Magic (14-24) made 12 of its first 19 3-pointers and led the Central Division-leading Pacers (24-16) by as much as 22 points in the second half. Orlando started a three-game home stand in impressive fashion and snapped a six-game home losing streak.
Orlando had five players in double figures, led by the 16 points and 15 rebounds from steadily blossoming center Nikola Vucevic, who outplayed long-time Magic nemesis Roy Hibbert (11 points and seven rebounds). It was Vucevic’s eighth straight double-double and his 20th of the season.
Arron Afflalo had a nice bounce-back game with 15 points, while Jameer Nelson and J.J. Redick each had 14 points and four 3-pointers. Making his first start since injuring his shoulder on Dec. 19, Davis scored nine of his 11 points in the first quarter before tiring slightly in the second half.
``It feels good to have the majority of our guys back. We’re still missing a few, but it feels good to get back to playing how we’re capable of playing,’’ Magic coach Jacque Vaughn said. ``That’s a real good ball club, Indiana is, so this is a quality win against a team that’s been playing well. I thought our guys did some good things.’’
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