Postgame Report: Pacers at Orlando 081129

Though he didn't get to the free-throw line, he scored 27 points on 12-of-24 shooting, including 3-of-8 from the 3-point line, adding five rebounds.

Name Min. +/- Name Min. +/-
Maceo Baston DNP --- Marquis Daniels 33 +2
Travis Diener DNP 0 Mike Dunleavy DNP ---
T. J. Ford 31 -19 Jeff Foster 17 -4
Stephen Graham 1 0 Danny Granger 37 -10
Roy Hibbert 17 -6 Jarrett Jack 24 +2
Josh McRoberts 1 0 Troy Murphy 31 -13
Rasho Nesterovic 15 -14 Brandon Rush 24 +2

  • Points in the paint: Pacers 44, Magic 38
  • Fast-break points: Pacers 16, Magic 8
  • Second-chance points: Pacers 20, Magic 13
  • Points off turnovers: Magic 25, Pacers 19
  • Starters scoring: Magic 98, Pacers 74
  • Bench scoring: Pacers 22, Magic 12

  • The Pacers' next four opponents (the Lakers, Boston twice and Cleveland) have a combined record of 59-8 (.881).

  • The Pacers (6-10) have lost two in a row and seven of nine since a 4-3 start.
  • Orlando improved to 13-4 and 2-0 against the Pacers.
  • Orlando played without its starting backcourt as Mickael Pietrus (torn thumb ligament) joined Jameer Nelson (strained hip flexor) on the sidelines. Orlando also was without key reserve guard Keith Bogans (fractured thumb).
  • Former Indiana backup Anthony Johnson started at point for the Magic and scored 16 points with four assists.
  • Dwight Howard had a season high 32 points to go with 21 rebounds, four blocks and three assists. He made 11-of-15 from the field and 10-of-17 from the line.
  • It was the fourth time in Howard's career he had at least 30 points and 20 rebounds.
  • Marquis Daniels, an Orlando native, had 21 points, eight rebounds and three assists for the Pacers.
  • Troy Murphy had another double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds, his eighth consecutive game with at least 10 rebounds.
  • The Pacers committed 18 turnovers that led to 25 Orlando points. In their 10 losses, they average 18.7 turnovers that lead to 217 points for the opposition.
  • Rookie center Roy Hibbert had the second double-figures scoring game of the season with 10 points, adding seven rebounds.

  • Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol and the L.A. Lakers make their only visit of the season Tuesday in Conseco Fieldhouse (7 p.m., Fox Sports Indiana, 1070 The Fan).

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  • Nov. 29, 2008 at Amway Arena

    Magic 110, Pacers 96


    (Commenting on Magic’s 3-point shooting) “They have so many weapons on the perimeter and that was something that we talked about before the game and just try to get out to their 3-point shooters”

    (Was that a usually good game for their 3-point shooting?) “Statistically it was because they have been down on their 3-point shooting but they have gotten off on a lot of teams from a standpoint of shooting the basketball, so you go after Howard. He is getting better and better and finding people on the perimeter.”

    (Is this 30-point 20-rebound performance what Dwight Howard is capable of?) “Yeah. He is a great player. He is a first team All-Star and he will probably be that for the foreseeable future. He is just a great physical talent.”

    (Was there anything else you could try to do against a team that can hit 3’s and has a Dwight Howard like the Magic?) “Pray that they don’t make 3’s.”

    (What happened to the offense after the early start?) “Well, he took Roy [Hibbert] out and Rasho [Nesterovic] was getting him off the pick-and-rolls where we reverse the basketball. We just do not have a dominating inside presence right now. We think Roy is going to grow into one but, by and large, we get our points in the paint off movement. We don’t have a dominating low post game.”

    (On the rest of the road schedule) “I don’t think anyone really wants to play as many back-to-back games as we are playing right now in a short period of time. When you are playing them, you have to do what you have to do. You have to go out and win. I was happy with the way our guys fought our way back into the game. We just didn’t have enough in the tank to get over it.”


    “We came out and wanted to make Anthony (Johnson) make some shots and he came out early and made us pay for it. Dwight is a load. He is an All-Star player and perhaps one of the best centers in the league right now. He dominated the whole night. He does a lot of things defensively to make it tough for you.”

    “You have to have shooters and make them space the floor. You have to make the other team pick their poison. We tried everything tonight.”

    “They are pretty good. They continue to play like that and continue to play their system they are going to be pretty tough to beat. They have Dwight performing like that and Rashard and Turkoglu who can mix it up, take you on the perimeter, post you up, get to the free throw line…they are definitely a tough team.”

    (on fourth quarter runs) “We were down so far and we gave it everything we had. Then they made one big three and you are still down a lot of points. We fought hard, but it was a big hole. Maybe if we had a run like that in the third quarter and gone into the fourth quarter down eight, maybe it would have been a different ball game.”


    “They are a great team and the kind of a team in the East that will make a good run. They can possibly make it to the Finals. When Dwight has things going they are a very tough team and they are shooting the ball very well from the outside.”

    “We need to keep to the schemes. Hopefully it turns around for us. Unfortunately it did not for us tonight. The ball kept falling their way. We made a run in the fourth but we had dug ourselves in such a deep hole that it was kind of hard to get back into it. I have to give them all the credit. They shot the ball well and Dwight played well on the inside.”

    “We have a lot of games back-to-back and games coming up. We have some tough teams coming up for us, so we have to continue to work hard and get better.”

    “They are going to make a valiant effort to make a run for the Championship this year. They have a lot of key pieces. Turkoglu is playing well. They have Pietrus, Bogans, and Redick shooting the ball very well and of course the force inside with Dwight, and Jameer is playing well at point guard. It is just a matter of them playing well.”

    “We just have to pick up our intensity a little more earlier in the game. We just waited too long to do it today.”


    (On the overall game) “I told them the only problem I saw with that game is that I really don’t have anything to complain about. I told them though I would go through the film and find a few things, but from the naked eye, that was a pretty good effort out there tonight. We had that one lull at the beginning of the fourth quarter when they threw us a little off balance when they went to [Troy] Murphy at the five and spread us out, but once we got our matchups changed, I thought we did a good job. I thought everybody who played, played solid basketball, played well, and I thought Dwight [Howard] was unbelievable. So, it was a great effort, by a lot of people and a great effort by Dwight.”

    (On if he is impressed with how patient Dwight is becoming in the post) “Counter moves, passes out of the post, yeah. I think we are really playing through him a lot now because it’s not going to be a mistake, and he’s shooting free throws a little bit better, and so you can go to him down the stretch and that makes a big difference particularly with the lead because when you can go to the guy, it’s tough for teams to go on big runs cause we can get it down there, we can get good shots, we can get to the free throw line, and I thought that was key. And I thought our defense was good tonight too, I thought we played them much better than we did in Indiana.”

    (On if he is worried about teams taking hard fouls at Dwight) “Yeah I do. I said something at the end. I just don’t like it when the whacks get up high, you know when they are up around his head and neck, I don’t like that. They call it the shoulders, but the head and neck, it’s all the same thing. I think they should protect those guys from that a little bit more, but they call the game the way they see it.”

    (On his new lineup with so many injuries) “It was fine. I thought everybody played well. I thought our rotation worked pretty smoothly. We played Brian [Cook] a little and then really only seven guys the rest of the way, but we didn’t need to, we didn’t have foul trouble and I think our guys are in good condition, so if we don’t run into foul trouble I think we’re okay.”


    (On the word “dominate”) “That’s my word; I put it everywhere in my house. I write it down a lot. Before the game, I say it. The whole game I think about dominating. Magic Johnson, he talked to me a couple games ago about coming out and dominating from the start. Letting the other team know what type of game it’s going to be. I’ve got to have that mentality every night for our team to be very successful.”

    “We’ve got to have confidence in each other (3 pt. shooters). They throw it in, I’ve got to have confidence in throwing it out and hitting the shot and at the same time, they’ve got to have confidence in me by throwing the ball in there, they’re making the best decision for our team.”

    “We’ve got a lot of good shooters on our team and we can really do some damage playing inside-out or just moving the ball and not letting the ball stick. When we let the ball stick, we tend to stop playing the way we know how to play and we stop playing with confidence.”


    “I’m just out there playing, trying to make the right plays. Not trying to think so much."

    "I’ve been able to have higher assists than turnovers so I’ll just continue to the same things I’ve been doing.”


    “Our schedule coming up is pretty brutal. And this was a big game, especially with them coming off a back-to-back, getting in at 4 in the morning. This was a game that we had to have. Looking at our schedule, it was a good win for us, we played well as a team, did a lot of things well and now the new month with a game at Boston.”


    “With these guys, it’s almost kind of stay out of the way. Just make simple plays, everybody wants to get the ball in their spot, and then they know what to do. At the same time, tonight I was shooting the ball well. So I’m going to get a lot more jumpers. Tonight they were going down for me and I ended up taking my time. When everyone is making shots, they have a decision to make as far as double-teaming Dwight and if you’re going to double-team him, then someone’s liable to have a big night, like I did tonight.”

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