Returned to the starting lineup and led the Pacers in scoring with 23 points in 26 minutes on 9-of-12 shooting, adding three rebounds and two assists.
Points in the paint: Pacers 52, Magic 40
Fast-break points: Pacers 30, Magic 17
Second-chance points: Magic 13, Pacers 6
Points off turnovers: Pacers 21, Magic 18
Starters scoring: Magic 83, Pacers 65
Bench scoring: Magic 52, Pacers 46
The Pacers' two biggest offensive threats, Danny Granger and Mike Dunleavy, combined to score 19 points on 6-of-26 shooting.
The Pacers open their longest homestand of the season, four in a row, Wednesday in Conseco Fieldhouse against the Milwaukee Bucks (7 p.m., Fox Sports Indiana, 1070 The Fan).
Inside the Game blog
Jan. 27, 2009 at Orlando
Magic 135, Pacers 111
The Associated Press
Mickael Pietrus came back from his broken wrist as good as new.
He had 27 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Orlando Magic to a 135-111 victory Tuesday night over the Indiana Pacers.
Pietrus, who missed the previous 12 games with a broken right wrist, came off the bench to lead a well-balanced Magic attack. Seven players reached double figures scoring, including Rashard Lewis with 24 points and Dwight Howard with 22.
"They are the best team in the East,'' Indiana's Danny Granger said. "Two words - Dwight Howard - explain it. He is the most dominant player since Shaquille O'Neal - hands down.''
The Magic used the return of Pietrus to strengthen their inside-outside attack that revolves around Howard and involves plenty of shooters on the perimeter. They reached their second-highest point total this season.
"I still have my shot. That didn't go anywhere,'' Pietrus said. "I didn't leave it at home. I came back aggressive and with plenty of energy. I was rested and ready to come back.''
The Magic, who never trailed, snapped a two-game losing streak.
T.J Ford, had 23 points for the Pacers and Granger, who came into the game averaging 26.1 points, had only 10.
The Magic hit 45 of 82 shots (54.9 percent) and 15 of 33 from 3-point range. It was the most 3-pointers against the Pacers this season.
With Howard dominating around the basket, the Magic held a 50-29 rebound advantage. The Pacers, who came into the game ranked 28th in defense, offered little resistance defensively.
"They've got the whole package,'' Pacers coach Jim O'Brien said. "They have Howard in the middle and they are so long at the 3-point line.''
The Pacers (17-28) lost its sixth consecutive road game and fell to 6-19 on the road.
The loss snapped a two-game overall win streak for the Pacers.
Orlando (34-10) snapped a two-game losing streak by winning its fifth in a row from the Pacers.
In those five wins, Orlando has averaged 117.6 points, .533 shooting overall, .481 shooting from the 3-point line and 13.0 made 3-pointers.
After missing the previous 12 games with a fractured right wrist, Mickael Pietrus returned in a big way, scoring a game-high 27 points on 8-of-13 shooting, adding 10 rebounds, four assists and a blocked shot.
Rashard Lewis scored 24 and Dwight Howard 22 points with 10 rebounds for the Magic.
Marquis Daniels scored 16 on 8-of-11 shooting off the bench for the Pacers. Troy Murphy had 13 points and seven rebounds, Roy HIbbert 12 points in 15 minutes off the bench, Danny Granger 10 on 4-of-14 shooting) and Jarrett Jack 10 for Indiana.
Indianapolis native Courtney Lee started at shooting guard for the Magic and posted 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting.