INDIANA 93, ORLANDO 83
Harrington Comes Up Big Again
|STAR OF THE GAME
Racked up 32 points on 13-of-23 shooting, adding eight rebounds.
"The first half was a monumental struggle for us, a lot of turnovers. We did a better job of taking care of it in the second half, our energy got better and we hung in there and got the win. That's a good young team and very well-coached. We're fortunate. Our first half could've really cost us tonight."
Points in the Paint: |
Magic 28, Pacers 24
Magic 22, Pacers 17
Pacers 11, Magic 7
Points off turnovers:
Magic 22, Pacers 11
Pacers 73, Magic 68
Pacers 20, Magic 15
|STAT OF THE GAME
After allowing 32 points on 12-of-18 shooting to Orlando in the first quarter, the Pacers held the Magic to 31 points on 11-of-34 shooting in the second and third periods combined.
The four-game, five-night stretch concludes Saturday night (8:30) in Chicago against Ben Wallace and the Bulls.
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By Conrad Brunner | Nov. 10, 2006
On a night when energy was at a premium, the Pacers got a huge lift from one of their most relentless players. Al Harrington continued his recent scoring binge with 32 points as the Pacers took control of the game with an 18-2 run bridging the third and fourth periods and held on to beat Orlando 93-83 Friday in Conseco Fieldhouse.
Harrington, who has averaged 25.3 points in the last four games after a slow start to the season, scored nine of his points in the pivotal run. He got strong support from Danny Granger, who scored a season-high 18 points on 7-of-8 shooting. The Pacers (4-2) improved to 2-1 at home while Orlando (3-3), which was led by Jameer Nelson's 19 points, dropped to 0-2 on the road.
Harrington was strong throughout the night, getting his mid-range jumper going early and the rest of his offensive game followed. Granger played with confidence and aggression at both ends of the floor and played by far his best all-around game of the season. Jermaine O'Neal battled foul trouble and a balky jumper (4-of-15) but contributed 11 rebounds. Stephen Jackson missed his first four shots but scored all 10 of his points in the second half, adding six assists. Jeff Foster pulled eight rebounds as the Pacers won the battle of the boards 45-34 and outscored Orlando 27-16 from the free-throw line.
Early turnovers nearly proved fatal as the Pacers committed 13 in the first half, but just five more in the second. Jackson (2-of-10) and Jamaal Tinsley (1-of-4) continued their concurrent shooting slumps and there wasn't much help offered up by the bench, which produced 20 points on 4-of-19 shooting. Orlando's Nelson tried to bring his team back in the second half, when he scored 14 of his points and shot 7-of-7, but support waned. Dwight Howard finished with 17 points, 14 rebounds and three blocks but committed eight turnovers. Grant Hill scored 17 with four steals but shot 6-of-15. Hedo Turkoglu scored 11 of his 12 points in the first half.
Orlando controlled the tempo most of the first half but Indiana's defense kept things from getting out of hand and the Pacers trailed by just three (50-47) at the break. The game turned once and for all late in the third quarter when Harrington and Granger combined for nine unanswered points that pushed the Pacers into a 70-63 lead heading into the fourth. With Orlando missing nine shots in a row over a span of nearly 7 minutes, the Pacers kept pressing the issue and the lead grew to 85-71 with 4:29 remaining. Though Orlando got as close as six in the closing minutes, the lead was not in jeopardy.
Indiana went 10:41 without a field goal spanning the second and third periods but lost just three points to the Magic in that time. The Pacers were up 41-39 when the drought began and trailed just 54-52 when it ended.
The Pacers enjoyed their second sellout (18,165) in three home games.
Maceo Baston, Orien Green and Shawne Williams were inactive.
Orlando's prized rookie, J.J. Redick, was inactive and has yet to play. The back injury that hurt his draft status has healed but Redick has been slowed by plantar fasciitis. He appeared in just two preseason games and is still looking for his first regular-season appearance.