Rewind: Pacers vs. Magic

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Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse

Game Rewind: Magic 102, Pacers 83

By Conrad Brunner


Coming off the worst offensive performance in franchise history Monday in Boston, Orlando erased that embarrassment while leaving the punchless Pacers feeling their pain.

The Magic blew open the game in the second half and routed the Pacers 102-83 Tuesday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

It was the first home loss of the season for the Pacers (11-5, 5-1 at home), who head out on another three-game road trip that begins Wednesday in Chicago. Orlando (12-5) moved past the Pacers into third place in the Eastern Conference.

The Magic produced a franchise record low 56 points in a 31-point loss to the Celtics but found its touch while putting the defensive clamps on the Pacers, who shot just 39 percent.


Roy Hibbert had his eighth double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds, adding three assists and two blocks. But Hibbert scored just six points on 2-of-11 shooting after the first quarter. Danny Granger also scored 16 but managed just six points on 1-of-6 shooting in the second half. Darren Collison scored 11. The Pacers finished the game with just eight assists -- one in the second half -- while committing 19 turnovers.

Ryan Anderson led Orlando with 24 points, adding eight rebounds. J.J. Redick scored 15, Dwight Howard 14 with nine rebounds. Glen Davis 13 and Hedo Turkoglu 11.


"Give credit to Orlando after a tough night in Boston to come back with a solid game. We had poor offensive execution the whole game. We know how to play. We’ve played good basketball all year and we didn’t tonight. " - Pacers Coach Frank Vogel

"They hit a lot of threes. We didn’t defend well and we lost grip of the game. After that it was just difficult to try to get back into it. We’ll just have to go back to it and look at the films and see if we can get anything from that, work harder and get ready for the next game." - Hibbert

"We started out fairly well, executed, stayed with the game plan. In the third quarter things turned sour. We stopped executing, turned the ball over and our defense was almost non-existent." - Paul George

"They turned up the tempo in the third quarter. We weren’t quite enough to handle this. We let them execute the pick and roll almost to perfection. The defense wasn’t there. They also made quite a few threes. We just have to learn and continue to grow, make a few changes and continue to play." - Dahntay Jones


This marked the first time this season the Pacers allowed an opponent to shoot better than 40 percent at home. In doing so and winning their first five at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, they matched the longest such streak since the 1964-65 Boston Celtics. Chicago subsequently extended the streak, doing so in its first six home games.


Though Howard played less than seven minutes in the first half due to foul trouble, the Pacers could not capitalize. In fact, they outscored the Magic by seven when Howard was in the game, but were outscored by seven with him on the bench as the teams were tied 45-all at the break.

With Hibbert and Granger combining for 20 points, the Pacers got off to a quick start, using a 10- run to build a 21-11 lead in the first quarter, and they were up 33-24 early in the second after Howard went to the bench with his third foul.

But with backup Earl Clark blocking three shots -- more than doubling his season total -- Orlando's defense was energized and the Pacers lost their offensive rhythm. The Magic responded with a 17-6 run to take a 41-39 lead, wiping out the Pacers' early advantage.

The Pacers started the third quarter well enough, taking an early 54-50 lead, but the offense went dry in a big way as Indiana missed 12 shots in a row in a span of nearly seven minutes as Orlando seized control. Turkoglu hit a pair of 3-pointers in a 17-2 run that put the visitors ahead 67-56 and they took a 74-62 lead into the fourth quarter. Indiana shot 5-of-20 in the period with one assist and four turnovers.

Orlando then put it out of reach with a 15-4 run in the fourth quarter that pushed the advantage to 91-71. Redick scored nine in that burst.


The Pacers' eight assists tonight matched their fewest ever in a home game. The other time also was against Orlando on Nov. 20, 2004. … All eight of Indiana's assists came from the starting frontline of Granger (3), David West (2) and Hibbert (3). … Hibbert has scored double figures in 11 straight games. … Ryan Anderson's five 3-pointers made were the most by any player against the Pacers this season, and Orlando's 13 were an opponent season-high. … The Pacers made all 18 of their free throws, setting a franchise home record for most without a miss. … The previous record was 17 against New York on April 8, 1990. … The Magic blocked a season-high nine shots tonight, including a season-high four by Earl Clark, who entered the game with two this season. … Howard surpassed Nick Anderson (10,650 points) as the Orlando franchise's all-time leading scorer, fittingly, with a dunk with 10 minutes left in the third quarter. … Hibbert wore a mask to protect his broken nose, sustained in the first half of the 98-96 victory over the Lakers in Los Angeles Sunday. … Jeff Foster (lower back procedure) missed his fourth consecutive game and is expected to be out another week. … Backup point guard A.J. Price was unavailable with strep throat. … Former Pacers forward Derrick McKey was back in the front row. … Comedian and actor Mike Epps, who serves as the voice of Super Bowl Village in Indianapolis, also was in attendance.


Embarking upon their second three-game trip in a row, the Pacers head to Chicago to face the Bulls Wednesday night (8:30, Fox Sports Indiana, WIBC 93 FM). Indiana has lost its last nine trips to United Center, including three in the first round of the playoffs last season. The Bulls (16-3) are 8-0 at home but are banged-up. Luol Deng is out with a torn wrist ligament, Taj Gibson has missed two in a row with an ankle sprain and Joakim Noah (ankle) and Derrick Rose (toe) have been in and out of the lineup.


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