Rewind: Pacers vs. Magic 120129
Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012 at Orlando
Danny Granger continued his recent scoring surge with 24 points and Indiana got a big lift from its second unit, breaking open the game in the second half and pulling away for a 106-85 rout of the Magic in Orlando Sunday.
In snapping losing streaks of six overall against the Magic and six in a row in Orlando, the Pacers improved to 13-6 overall, 8-5 on the road
Orlando (12-8) lost its third in a row.
The Magic wiped out a 15-point Indiana lead in the first half to take a 51-48 lead at the break but the Pacers dominated the second half 58-35, shooting 61 percent from the field while holding Orlando to 41 percent.
The Pacers enjoyed a dominating 42-16 advantage in bench scoring.
BY THE NUMBERS
Granger made 10 of 20 shots, including 3 of 7 from the 3-point line, for his 24 points. After an early slump, Granger has averaged 20.8 points in the last six games. David West scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half and finished with seven rebounds. George Hill snapped out of a brief slump with 16 points on 6-of-9 shooting, adding six rebounds and four assists. Darren Collison has his second double-double of the season with 11 points and 10 assists.
Lou Amundson, who hadn't made a basket in his previous five games, going 0 of 11 from the field, had his best game since joining the Pacers with eight points (hitting all four of his shots) and five rebounds in 16 minutes off the bench. The Pacers shot 51 percent overall, hit 8 of 17 from the 3-point line and had 24 assists. They also dominated the rebounding battle 43-33.
Dwight Howard led Orlando with 24 points and 13 rebounds. Howard hit 10 of 13 from the field but was 4 of 15 from the free throw line. Chris Duhon filled in for injured starter Jameer Nelson at the point and produced 14 points and five assists. Jason Richardson scored 13 and Ryan Anderson 11. Orlando shot 48 percent overall.
"I'm very proud of our guys. Darren Collison and George Hill set the tone for us in the first half with their pressure defense; picking up where Boston left off, studying their game films. Obviously, without Jameer (Nelson) in the game they were at a major disadvantage in that regard. Tyler Hansbrough and George Hill had some breakout games off the bench. The strength of our team is the bench and they were key. In the second half David West and Danny Granger carried us offensively while Roy Hibbert was in foul trouble. I’m very proud of our guys getting a win like this at the end of a tough trip." - Pacers Coach Frank Vogel
"We wanted to do it with our defense. Our defense gave us the lead in the first half, we got a lot of steals and got out in transition and we wanted to do that again in the second." - Granger
"We wanted to move the ball. I think the last time we played Orlando we posted up a lot, more than we usually did, and we got kind of stagnant on offense. So we got to moving a little bit, coach had a lot of plays for me and I kept making shots." - Granger
"The mark of a good team in this league is how well you perform on the road. You're supposed to win the home games but the road games are the tough ones, and against a good team like Orlando it's a good road win for us." - Granger
STAT OF THE GAME
Continuing to establish themselves as a strong road team, the Pacers snapped a six-game losing streak in Orlando. Already this season they snapped skids of nine in Chicago and seven in Boston.
With Collison and Granger applying extended defensive pressure early and Hill picking up the baton late, the Pacers disrupted Orlando's offense, forcing 11 turnovers in the first quarter -- eight on Indiana steals -- to seize the early initiative. Granger scored nine early points. Hill came off the bench on fire, scoring 13 points with four assists in his first 10-minute stint, sparking a 14-0 run with eight points and two assists.
Hill's three-point play midway through the second period put the Pacers up 44-29 but when the starters returned Indiana became focused on pounding the ball inside and the result was a stagnant offense that opened the door for an Orlando run. Duhon scored nine and Howard eight in a 22-4 run to close the half that gave the Magic a 51-48 lead at the break.
Indiana surged out of the locker room behind Granger and West, who combined for 13 points in a 17-4 run that rebuilt a double-digit lead, 65-55. Consecutive 3-pointers by Paul George made it 75-60 late in the period and Tyler Hansbrough closed the quarter with a tip-in three-point play to send the Pacers into the fourth quarter with an 80-68 lead. The Pacers shot 14 of 22 (64 percent) in the third period and held Orlando to 17 points on 6 of 15 shooting.
Howard dunked to open the fourth quarter, narrowing the gap to 80-70 but that would be as close as Orlando would get as Indiana pulled away.
The Pacers scored more than 100 points for the second time this season, ending a streak of 13 consecutive sub-century games. … Indiana improved to 11-0 when scoring at least 90, 9-0 when hitting at least one-third of its 3-pointers and 7-0 with at least 20 assists. … With 22 in the first quarter, the Magic snapped a streak of six consecutive sub-20 point periods. … Orlando was without starting point guard Jameer Nelson, who was hit in the jaw in Friday's loss to New Orleans. Chris Duhon started in his place. … The Pacers played their seventh in a row without backup center Jeff Foster (lower back procedure), who could return Tuesday at home against New Jersey.
Playing their final game of January at home, they host the New Jersey Nets Tuesday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse (7 p.m., Fox Sports Indiana, WIBC 93 FM). This will be the debut game for the Pacers' Hardwood Classics uniforms. They will be wearing the blue road uniforms from the 1971-74 seasons for eight games. Beginning with Tuesday's game, fans will be able to purchase select current Pacers players jerseys in the retro style at Home Court Gift Shop at the Fieldhouse or online at PacersGear.com.