Player of the Game
MIKE DUNLEAVY
Making his first start since Feb. 8, 2009, Dunleavy played 33 minutes and scored 26 points on 10-of-19 shooting, adding four rebounds and two assists.
Plus-Minus
Name Game Season Name Game Season
Diener DNP --- Dunleavy -8 +12
Ford -3 -126 Foster +1 -5
Granger DNP -58 Hansbrough -9 -45
Head DNP +39 Hibbert +11 -18
D. Jones -7 -53 S. Jones -10 -40
McRoberts DNP -14 Murphy -9 -1131
Price DNP 0 Rush -1 -28
Watson -5 +17
Hustle Board
  • Points in the paint: Pacers 40, Magic 40
  • Fast-break points: Magic 13, Pacers 3
  • Second-chance points: Magic 14, Pacers 7
  • Points off turnovers: Magic 11, Pacers 8
  • Starters scoring: Pacers 66, Magic 65
  • Bench scoring: Magic 41, Pacers 32
  • Stat of the Night
    With Dwight Howard attempting 22 free throws (making 13), Orlando outscored Indiana 25-7 from the free throw line. The Pacers were called for 28 fouls to the Magic's 15.
    Quoteworthy
  • “We had some good looks down the stretch. I thought our guys played to win." -- Jim O'Brien.
  • “One, it’s based on fouling the hell out of Dwight Howard, which was our game plan the whole time. ... And our lack of foul shooting is because they have a tremendous defensive force inside in Dwight Howard. We’re not a strong post-up team, especially when (Roy) Hibbert is on the bench with five fouls.” -- O'Brien on the free throw disparity.
  • “He went too many minutes. I was supposed to keep him in for 28, but I think he’s playing really good basketball" -- O'Brien on Mike Dunleavy.
  • “Offensively, we got what we wanted and they made the plays down the stretch.” -- Mike Dunleavy.
  • Noteworthy
  • Double technical fouls were assessed to Troy Murphy and Dwight Howard when the two became tangled under the Orlando basket. Howard appeared to take a swipe at Murphy as they separated but the officials did not view it as a punch.
  • With his minutes limit increased to 28, Dunleavy moved into the starting lineup in place of Dahntay Jones. Dunleavy wound up playing 33 minutes.
  • Indiana's bench was outscored (41-32) for the first time in eight games, but the starters outscored their opponents (66-65) for the first time in nine games.
  • The Pacers dropped to 3-2 this season without Danny Granger, 16-10 all-time.
  • Up Next
    The Pacers return home to face the Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday in Conseco Fieldhouse (7 p.m., Fox Sports Indiana, 1070 The Fan).
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    Dec. 14 at Orlando: Magic 108, Pacers 96
    Pacers can't close the deal down the stretch


    END RESULT
    Leading by two with just under 5 minutes remaining, the Pacers were once again in position to win.

    But a familiar malady resurfaced, the offense went dry thereafter and the Magic scored the next 12 points to claim a 106-98 victory Monday in Amway Arena. The Pacers did not make a basket in the final 4:58 after T.J. Ford's jumper put them ahead 96-94.

    IMPACT
    The Pacers had their two-game win streak snapped and dropped to 8-14 overall, 3-8 on the road. The Magic ended a two-game losing streak and improved to 18-6.

    TURNING POINTS
    The Pacers jumped out early with a 17-2 run to build a big first-quarter cushion. Orlando shot just 25 percent for the first 14 minutes of the game as the Pacers built a 36-19 lead early in the second quarter. But the Magic began working their way back behind Dwight Howard's repeated trips to the foul line and a strong production from the bench. A 9-2 Orlando run cut the lead to 38-28 but that was just a warmup. The Magic soon went off on a 17-0 run, with Howard scoring eight, to take a 47-44 lead. Though the Pacers recovered to lead 54-53 at the break, their strong early work was undone.

    The second half was close throughout, with seven ties and 11 lead changes. The Pacers' biggest lead of the second half was 81-75 late in the third. After Ford's baseline jumper put Indiana in front 96-94, Vince Carter converted two trips to the line to give the Magic a 98-96 lead. The Pacers then had two wide-open looks at 3-pointers but Mike Dunleavy missed and, after Tyler Hansbrough's offensive rebound, Brandon Rushed also missed. Rashard Lewis didn't, draining an unchallenged 3-pointer to give Orlando a 101-96 lead with 2:11 left.

    After Ford missed a short baseline jumper, J.J. Redick iced it with a 3-pointer with 1:27 remaining.

    BY THE NUMBERS
    Mike Dunleavy started for the first time this season and scored a season-high 26 points in 33 minutes, making 10-of-19 shots, adding four rebounds and two assists. Troy Murphy scored 14 and T.J. Ford 13 with seven assists and six rebounds. Shooting guards Brandon Rush and Dahntay Jones combined to go 4-of-15 from the field. Tyler Hansbrough had eight points and six rebounds off the bench. The Pacers shot .477 overall but were just 7-of-22 from the 3-point line and were outscored 25-7 from the free-throw line. They had 26 assists and just 10 turnovers.

    Orlando was carried by Dwight Howard, who had his third 20-20 game of the season with 21 points and 23 rebounds, adding four blocks. He made just four field goals but was 13-of-22 from the line. Vince Carter carried the offense early, scoring 14 of the Magic's first 17 and wound up with 28 on 10-of-21 shooting, adding seven rebounds and three assists. Redick and Anthony Johnson scored 13 each off the bench. Orlando shot just .419, including 9-of-29 from the arc, but committed just six turnovers.