Magic 112, Pacers 96

October 19, 2012

The Orlando Magic look a lot different on the basketball court.

No, it’s not just the new faces; it’s also the style of offensive execution.

After years of play predicated on the inside dominance of All-Star center Dwight Howard, the Magic have transitioned from a one-in, four-out style to a system revolved around constant ball movement.

Although it will take some time for the Magic to perfect the switchover, they sure looked crisp on Friday night.

“It feels good that the team played well,” Magic Head Coach Jacque Vaughn said. “Thirty assists tonight. Guys really played with and for each other. That, for me, is the best part of the night.”

Two of the players who have excelled in the new system are Glen Davis and J.J. Redick as the duo operated their pick-and-rolls with immense precision.

“If you think about the type of players we are, we need each other,” Davis explained. “We are guys that can create our own shot, but we do better helping each other.”

Big Baby closed the night with a team-high 21 points, while Redick notched a squad-best eight assists.
“They played their hearts out tonight,” Pacers All-Star center Roy Hibbert said about the Magic. “They have a lot of young and hungry guys. They are rebuilding so I guess they just need a couple more pieces and they will be back to where they were.”
Statline of the night goes to DeQuan Jones, who tallied 10 points on 5-for-6 shooting from the floor, four blocks and three sensational slams.
Photo courtesy of Fernando Medina.

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