Monday, March 19th, 2013 at 7:00 PM EDT at Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Game Rewind: IND 95, ORL 73
by Scott Agness | March 19, 2013 | Updated 11:40 PM
Another cellar-dweller opponent and another 20-plus point win by the Indiana Pacers. They scored the final 12 points of the opening quarter, had a 13-point lead by halftime, and cruised to a 95-73 win.
For the second night in a row, the Pacers (42-26) struggled getting their shots to fall in the early going. They missed 10 of their first 13 attempts and fell behind 12-7. But the Magic (18-50) then missed their next 11 shots and failed to score in the final 5:07 of the quarter. During that stretch, the Pacers went on a 12-0 run and held a 19-12 advantage at the end of the first.
The Magic’s poor shooting continued into the second quarter, and all game long. They got within four, 25-21, but then the Pacers extended their lead to double digits via an 11-2 spurt. Tyler Hansbrough, who started in place of David West (lower back sprain) for the second-straight game, scored eight points in the quarter. The Pacers led by 13 at the break, and held the Magic to a season-low 29 first half points.
Paul George scored seven of his 19 points in the third quarter, including a no-look layup as he was fouled and headed to the floor that is destined for the highlight reel. That’s when the Magic really began to unravel. Rookie Kyle O’Quinn got tangled up with Roy Hibbert and a double-technical was handed out. Then, first-year Magic head coach Jacque Vaughn, who had never received a technical, decided he couldn’t watch anymore. He stood at halfcourt, let his opinion be known and nearly begged to be ejected. His wish was then granted. Tyler Hansbrough’s rebound tip-in as the third period expired gave the Pacers a 69-55 lead.
The Pacers put their foot on the pedal and put the game away in the early moments of the fourth quarter. First, Jeff Pendergraph nailed a 17-foot jumper. Then, Orlando Johnson and George Hill connected on back-to-back 3-pointers pushing the Pacers’ lead to 21. Their large margin allowed both the starters to get some rest and the end of Indiana’s bench to play the final four minutes of the game.
The Pacers are pleased to finally have this stretch of five games over seven days over with and they wrapped it up by winning the final two games. One more win, or Philadelphia loss, will guarantee the Pacers a playoff spot.
Inside the Numbers
Paul George scored 19 points to lead all scorers. Gerald Green finished with 15 points, his ninth time in double figures this season. He also grabbed eight rebounds in 20 minutes of work. Rookie Orlando Johnson finished with four points, eight rebounds and a career-high five assists. Miles Plumlee scored a point for just the fourth time this season, and his first since Dec. 19. D.J. Augustin and Sam Young were the only two active Indiana players that failed to score.
Arron Afflalo and Maurice Harkless each had 10 points, the only two Magic players in double figures. Center Nikola Vucevic chipped in nine points and pulled down 11 rebounds.
The Magic were held to a season-low 31.8 percent shooting, which is just shy from a season-low by an Indiana opponent; The Lakers shot 31.6 percent in November. The Pacers improve to 22-5 when an opponent shoots less than 40%, and 12-1 when holding them under 80 points.
Having hit 21-of-24 (87.5 percent) fouls shots, the Pacers have shot over 80 percent from the line for the third-consecutive game.
Both the Pacers (3-of-17) and the Magic (3-of-12) were brutal from behind the arc.
“I think he’s played two really solid games. Good to see him put together two games like that. ... We keep talking to Gerald [Green] about making the right system plays and I thought it was a telling play when he came off a stagger late in the game, in one of our system sets, and pulled the three, which was the appropriate shot for that play. It went in and out, and back in. That’s just a sign that when you play within the rhythm of the offense, good things are going to happen for you.” – Frank Vogel
“A great effort by Tyler Hansbrough. ... You play your fourth game in five nights, you need somebody like Tyler Hansbrough with the energy that he brought to the table tonight [was] a big factor in our W.” – Frank Vogel
“I think [confidence] has been a big issue for me. Coming in and not worrying about mistakes and just getting into the rhythm of the game. I feel like [the last two games] is a big deal for me.” – Tyler Hansbrough
“We’re getting back to playing defense. That’s really been the struggle for us and we’re doing a good job with guarding now. We’re helping one another and being in the places that we’re supposed to be.” – Paul George on the difference in these last two games
“I think it’s been huge that we’ve been able to get a good lead on these teams so they can get opportunities and give them a chance to get some real reps.” – Paul George on the bench play
Stat of the Game
With 14 points and a season-high 14 rebounds, Tyler Hansbrough recorded his fourth double- double of the season; the Pacers are 4-0 when he achieves that feat.
- The Pacers have won the past two meetings, and are now 12-6 on the second night of a back-to-back.
- Tonight was the Pacers’ 18th pair of back-to-back games; they have four more sets remaining.
- Without David West, the Pacers have are 3-0 this season (Charlotte, Cleveland, Orlando).
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