Lackluster second half hurts Magic in loss to IND
AL Harrington had his best game of the season, leading IND with 32 pts. Danny Granger added 18 pts. Harrington and Granger combined to shoot 20 of 31 from the field. JNelson had his best all-around game for the Magic with 19 pts, 6 assists, and 2 TOs. GHill and DHoward added 17 apiece, but Dwight had an alarming 8 TOs. HTurkoglu had 12 pts, but only 2 after the first quarter. CArroyo led the reserves with 7 pts, and Darko added 5 pts.
The Magic (32 of 73; 43.8%) outscored IND (31 of 79; 39.2%) from the field 67-66. Magic were 3 of 5 from 3 pt range. IND had the solid edge at the FT line (IND 27 of 32, 84.4%; ORL 16 of 28, 57.1%). IND had a solid edge rebounding 45-34. IND had 20 assists to 16 TOs, while the Magic struggled with 15 assists and 20 TOs. The Magic reserves were outscored by the Pacer reserves 20-15.
This is the third game in the last four where the Magic have been held to the 80s. Magic have got to score way more than that to be successful. BHill chose not to give the reserves much playing time and not take advantage of the strong depth as every starter played at least 32 minutes (Battie 3 pts in 32 minutes). Magic had no answer for Harrington. After a promising start, a disappointing loss... on to MIN Saturday night.