Shorthanded Magic end season on losing note to IND
Nice performances off the bench for the Magic. CArroyo led the way with 17 pts, followed by KDooling with 15 and TAriza who had his best game with the Magic with 13 pts 12 rebounds. DHoward, DStevenson, and BOutlaw each added 10 pts. Jermaine O'Neal led IND with 24 pts, Stephen Jackson 22 pts, and Peja Stojakovic 17 pts.
The Magic shot just 36.4% (32 of 88). The Pacers shot 43.7% (31 of 71) as both teams tied from the field 67-67. IND shot 22 of 30 (73.3%) from the FT line, while the Magic shot 16 of 22 (72.7%). IND crushed the Magic on the boards 54-37. Even though the Magic had just 8 TOs, they had a mere 8 assists, their lowest total of the season. The Pacers also had a poor assist-to-turnover ratio of 13-17. The Magic bench was dominant, outscoring the Pacer bench 56-7.
These last two losses by the Magic should not take away from their incredible 16-4 run prior to that. The Magic finish at 36-46 (26-15 home, 10-31 road). Less than six and a half months away from opening day next season, and what a season we have to look forward to. What changes will the Magic make this off-season? Stay tuned!