Game Rewind: Pacers 86, Magic 97
Wednesday, January 16th at 7:00 PM EST at the Amway Center
Game Rewind: IND at ORL
by Scott Agness | January 16, 2013
Coming off a their biggest win of the season, the Pacers had all the momentum heading into Wednesday’s game against an Orlando Magic team that had lost 11 of their last 12 games, including six-straight at home. The Pacers (24-16) got up seven points early but failed to overcome a big first half surge as the Magic (14-24 won in convincing fashion, 97-86.
Large leads early in games can often be dangerous for the team on top. They become relaxed and less focused, which allows their opponent back in the game. But that wasn’t the case for the Magic who took control of the game late in the first and never ceased control. Once behind 15-8, they went on a 14-2 run over the final 5:24 of the first quarter for a five-point edge. The run continued into the second, extending to 32-8, which put the Magic up 40-23. Following a Pacers’ timeout, the Pacers went on a brief 8-2 spurt that brought them within 11, but that would be about as close as they’d get the rest of the night.
The best example of how this game went: during a stretch in the third period, four different Magic players hit four consecutive 3-pointers. Each time the Pacers tried to bite into the lead, the Magic would answer with a 3. In all, they connected on 12 of their 21 attempts from long-range, a momentum killer for the Pacers.
The Magic pushed the tempo and moved the ball well, catching Indiana’s usually sound defense out of position. Also, it wasn’t until garbage time, in the fourth quarter, when the Pacers’ bench contributed. At one point late in the third, they were outscored 31-4. There can’t be that drop-off, especially when playing around a dozen minutes.
The Pacers appeared less engaged and less focused in the 97-86 loss. Perhaps the way the Magic shot the ball was demoralizing. Plus, four games in five nights, including three-straight on the road may have something to do with their performance—but no excuses. They must quickly regroup, as the Houston Rockets make their only appearance in Indianapolis on Friday.
Inside the Numbers
Paul George recorded his ninth double-double in the last 15 games, leading the Pacers in both scoring (20) and rebounding (10). Six Pacers in total scored in double-figures. George Hill scored 15 and had six dimes while David West added 14.
Nikola Vucevic recorded his eighth-straight double-double, finishing with 16 points and 15 rebounds. Arron Afflalo closed the night with 15 points and five assists and J.J. Redick chipped in 14 off the bench.
The Magic assisted on 29 of their 40 field goals and they attempted – and made – only five free throws and easily won.
Indiana was 8-3 in games on the second night of a back-to-back. They’ve since lost their last two—both on the road.
“They got just completely red hot from the perimeter. We kept them out of the paint, kept them off of the free throw lines, but obviously they drilled us from the perimeter with their shooting.” – Frank Vogel
“They shot the ball well tonight. That is the best way to sum this game up. They have always been a team that sets screens and gets guys open. They have guards that can drill it.” – Paul George
“They made shots. Other teams haven’t been making shots so it has been good for us. Tonight, we did the same thing we have been doing every other game. We still challenged a lot of threes but it went down tonight for them.” – George Hill
“I believe it is our fourth game in five nights so fatigue can play a factor. There is no time for excuses and everybody in the NBA goes through them. You still have to come to battle every day. We will take this loss as a team and hold our heads high and get back to work on Friday.” – George Hill on their energy
Stat of the Game
On the season, the Magic have shot 34.6 percent from downtown. Tonight, they were 12-of-21 (57 percent) – the Pacers were 2-of-17.
- The Magic have won 15 of the last 18 regular season meetings.
- The Pacers are 9-13 on the road.
- Josh McRoberts scored eight points against his hometown team.
- Tyler Hansbrough and Nikola Vucevic eached received technical fouls in the fourth.
The Pacers host the Houston Rockets on Friday at 7 PM EST.