Magic get even with Pacers
Three other players scored in double figures for the Magic: DHoward (16 pts 11 rebs), GHill (14 pts 6 rebs), and Darko off the bench (11 pts 6 rebs 3 blocks). Jermaine O'Neal led IND with 23 pts 11 rebs. Stephen Jackson and Jamaal Tinsley each added 19 pts. Al Harrington, who had scored 32 pts against the Magic two weeks ago, was held to just 4 pts this time on 2 of 13 shooting.
The Magic (34 of 69, 49.3%) outscored IND (31 of 77, 40.3%) from the floor 70-67. IND shot 5 of 12 from 3 pt range, while the Magic were just 2 of 8. The Magic (26 of 43, 60.5%) outscored IND (24-29, 82.8%) from the FT line, but the Magic's FT shooting left a lot to be desired. IND won the rebounding battle 45-41. The Magic had a poor assist/turnover ratio of 12-16, while the Pacers had a poor ratio also of 17-19. The Magic bench, which only scored 12 pts against MEM, was a lot better scoring 32 pts, while the IND bench scored 33.
Nice job by the Magic shutting down Harrington this time. 17 missed FTs by ORL made the game a lot closer than it should have been. At least the Magic proved they could beat IND, as the Pacers had beaten the Magic 5 of their last 6 in ORL and 4 in a row overall. Magic have Turkey Day off, then travel to MIA FRI to play the struggling Heat.