DANNY GRANGER
Broke out of a recent shooting slump by scoring a season-high 27 points, making 6-of-7 from the 3-point line, adding four rebounds, four steals and two blocked shots.
JAMAAL TINSLEY
"(This win) means a lot, knowing we had a game at home where we could've beaten Phoenix (Tuesday) but we fell short. Tonight, coming in and beating one of the top teams in the East, it means a lot to us. When we go out there and compete on the defensive end, we can win against anybody."
  • Points in the paint: Pacers 42, Magic 40
  • Fast-break points: Magic 23, Pacers 19
  • Second-chance points: Pacers 17, Magic 16
  • Points off turnovers: Pacers 32, Magic 18
  • Starters scoring: Magic 90, Pacers 84
  • Bench scoring: Pacers 31, Magic 19
  • Orlando's Dwight Howard had seven dunks, raising his NBA-leading season total to a staggering 95. That nearly doubles the Pacers' team total of 52, including three Friday night.
    The Pacers remain on the road to face the Cavaliers Tuesday in Cleveland (7 p.m., FSN-Indiana, NBATV, WIBC 1070-AM).
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  • INDIANA 115, ORLANDO 109
    Defense sparks big win over Magic

    At Orlando | Dec. 7, 2007


    The final score might indicate otherwise, but defense was the decisive element.

    Holding Orlando to 42 points on 33.3 percent shooting while forcing 13 turnovers in the second half, the Pacers rallied from a 15-point deficit to beat the previously red-hot Magic 115-109 Friday in Amway Arena.

    It was the sixth win in nine games for the Pacers (10-10) but their first on the road against an Eastern Conference opponent.

    "(This win) means a lot, knowing we had a game at home where we could've beaten Phoenix (Tuesday) but we fell short," said Jamaal Tinsley. "Tonight, coming in and beating one of the top teams in the East, it means a lot to us. When we go out there and compete on the defensive end, we can win against anybody."

    Tinsley continued his emergence as a clutch scorer, producing 11 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter including seven in a row during a 17-1 run that put the Pacers in control. He added 10 assists, seven rebounds and two steals. Danny Granger emerged from a shooting slump by hitting 6-of-7 attempts from the 3-point line and scoring 27 points, adding four steals and two blocked shots on the defensive end.

    "We just came out and played hard," said Tinsley. "We got down early in the game but we came out in the second half and overall did a great job."

    Seven of the eight Pacers who played scored in double figures. Jermaine O'Neal had 15 points, six rebounds, two steals and two blocks. Marquis Daniels had 13 points and seven rebounds off the bench. Troy Murphy and Mike Dunleavy scored 12 apiece, the latter adding six assists, while Jeff Foster had 10 points and eight rebounds. The Pacers hit 11-of-20 from the 3-point line and came up with 14 steals, a major reason they were able to convert 24 Orlando turnovers into 32 points.

    The Magic (16-5), who had won four in a row at home, were led by Dwight Howard's 30 points and 15 rebounds but he committed six turnovers. Rashard Lewis scored 24.

    Orlando appeared in control, leading most of the first hand and extending the margin to 73-58 with a 10-point run early in the third quarter. Granger and Tinsley had 3-pointers and Dunleavy a life-giving hustle play, diving out of bounds for a steal that started a fast break, in that run. As had been the case most of the night, Orlando answered, scoring eight in a row to rebuild an 86-74 advantage but the Pacers simply wouldn't go away.

    Granger hit two more 3-pointers to start a 15-1 run spanning the third and fourth periods that brought the Pacers to an 89-all tie. The Magic again responded, this time with six in a row, but that turned out to be a last gasp.

    With Tinsley and Daniels combining for 14 of the points, the Pacers outscored the Magic 17-1, holding them scoreless from the field for roughly 5 minutes while taking a 106-96 lead. It grew to 111-99 with 2:42 remaining. Though the Magic scored seven in a row to cut the deficit to five with 38 seconds left, Tinsley made four free throws in the final minute to ice the victory.


    NOTEWORTHY
  • The Pacers weren't sure Williams would make it to the game. The second-year forward left after practice Thursday to attend his grandmother's wake and funeral in Memphis, but he arrived in Orlando in time.
  • Travis Diener (sore left shoulder) was inactive for his return to Orlando, where he began his NBA career.
  • David Harrison was in uniform but did not play due to a sore lower back.
  • After picking up his first DNP-CD as a member of the Pacers against Phoenix, Murphy was the first player off the bench and played 18 solid minutes.