Battled foul trouble but managed 23 points, 11 rebounds, three assists, three steals and a blocked shot in his third straight 20-10 double-double.
"We hung in there and did some good things to hang in at the end but it's hard to overcome 20 turnovers and a dry shooting night. A lot of the other stuff was good. They're a good team, a talented team. They played with urgency but I thought we did too. It's a tough loss but we've got to get ready for Friday (against Cleveland in Conseco Fieldhouse)."
Points in the Paint:
Magic 38, Pacers 36
Fast-break points:
Pacers 14, Magic 9
2nd-chance points:
Magic 9, Pacers 6
Points off turnovers:
Pacers 21, Magic 18
Starters scoring:
Magic 64, Pacers 58
Bench scoring:
Pacers 33, Magic 32
Of the Pacers' first 11 games, fully 10 were played in back-to-back sets. With Wednesday's loss, the Pacers are 2-3 on the second night of back-to-backs (they're 3-2 on the first night).
The last home game before a six-game road trip comes Friday night in Conseco Fieldhouse against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers (7:00, FSN Indiana).
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    Pacers Can't Finish Comeback

    At TD Waterhouse Center | Nov. 22, 2006

    Orlando left the back door open but the Pacers couldn't find their way out. After taking an eight-point lead with 2:37 remaining, the Magic offered numerous opportunities for the visitors to stage a comeback, missing seven of 10 free throws and making just one field goal but Indiana was unable to capitalize and was left with a 96-91 loss Wednesday night.

    The Pacers had a two-game winning streak snapped and fell to 6-6 overall, 3-4 on the road. Orlando improved to 6-1 at home and 8-4 overall; the Magic has an 18-2 record in its last 20 home games dating back to last season. After taking the Thanksgiving holiday, the Pacers return to action Friday night in Conseco Fieldhouse against Cleveland before playing their next six on the road.


    Jermaine O'Neal produced his third straight 20-10 game and then some with 23 points, 11 rebounds, three assists, three steals and a block but battled foul trouble that sent him to the bench for most of the third period when Orlando seized momentum. Jamaal Tinsley had his fourth straight solid game with 18 points, seven assists and four rebounds and Stephen Jackson produced a season-high 19 points. Danny Granger scored 10 and Jeff Foster pulled nine rebounds off the bench. The Pacers outrebounded Orlando 46-41.
    Al Harrington struggled again, going 2-of-13 from the field for four points, adding three turnovers, and the team was generally too loose with the ball. The Pacers committed 20 turnovers, eight in the pivotal third quarter. Indiana also shot 13-of-40 (.325) in the second half with just six assists.

    Jameer Nelson was particularly problematic, scoring 22 points on 7-of-12 shooting, adding five assists, three steals and three rebounds for the Magic. Dwight Howard was strong but not dominant with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Grant Hill scored half his 14 points in the final seven minutes. Darko Milicic played well off the bench with 11 points, six rebounds and three blocks. The Magic shot .493 but missed 17 free throws.

    The Pacers controlled the tempo if not the game in the first half, hitting five-of-eight from the 3-point line to offset 11 turnovers in building a 51-45 lead. Once the 3-pointers stopped falling in the second half (the Pacers missed all four of their attempts) the offense hit the wall. Orlando had runs of 14-3 and 13-5 in the third quarter and took a 72-68 lead into the fourth. Foul trouble was a major contributor to the third-quarter malaise as O'Neal, Tinsley and Danny Granger each picked up his fourth.

    O'Neal sparked a brief surge early in the fourth that cut the lead to 74-73 but Orlando maintained the lead. Indiana's first blown opportunity came with the Magic holding onto an 86-82 lead. Howard missed a pair of free throws and Granger grabbed the rebound but Harrington was called for a foul, and Milicic capitalized on the bonus possession with a jumper that made it 88-82. Hill then scored to make it 90-82 with 2:37 left but the Pacers weren't quite through.

    Orlando's next seven possessions yielded one basket and 2-of-6 free throws to keep the Pacers. The one field goal, by Keyon Dooling, made it 92-84 with 1:34 remaining. The Pacers closed to 92-87 and, after Dooling missed one of two at the line, Jackson made a pair to cut it to 93-89 with 22 seconds left. Nelson then missed two with 21 seconds left but Jackson missed a 3-pointer and Milicic made one-of-two to put it away.

  • Sarunas Jasikevicius ended the Pacers' streak of missed technical foul free throws at four in the first quarter.
  • The Pacers led after the first period (27-22) for just the third time this season.
  • For several members of the Pacers' party, this didn't exactly feel like a road game. Marquis Daniels attended high school in Orlando and has long maintained a residence there, Darrell Armstrong played for the Magic from 1994-2003 and assistant coach Johnny Davis spent several years on the Magic bench as both assistant and head coach.