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Saturday, November 29, 2008

Decisive win for Magic over Pacers

The Magic, missing starters Jameer Nelson and Mickael Pietrus, along with key reserve Keith Bogans, did not miss a beat against Indiana thanks to four starters in double figures, over 50% field goal shooting, and a 30/20 night from Dwight Howard.

The Magic had the lead throughout in the game, leading 27-22 after one, 58-47 at the half, and had their largest lead at 81-59 late in the third quarter. The Pacers went on a 33-19 run to cut the Magic lead to 100-92 with 4 1/2 minutes remaining in the fourth. The Magic then scored seven points in a row and went on to a 110-96 victory.

Magic leading scorers

Dwight Howard: 32 points (11 of 15 field goals), 21 rebounds, 4 blocks
Rashard Lewis: 24 points (8 of 18 field goals)
Hedo Turkoglu: 22 points (7 of 16 field goals), 5 rebounds, 4 steals
Anthony Johnson: 16 points (6 of 10 field goals), 4 assists
Indiana leading scorers

Danny Granger: 27 points
Marquis Daniels: 21 points

Game Statistics

FG%: ORL 50.7% (38 of 75) IND 43% (40 of 93)
3 PT FG%: ORL 46.2% (12 of 26) IND 28.6% (6 of 21)
FT%: ORL 73.3% (22 of 30) IND 10 of 15 (66.7%)
REB: IND 48 (16 offensive) ORL 41 (7 offensive)
AST/TO: IND 22/18 ORL 19/18
BENCH: IND 22 ORL 12

Other game notes and stats:

-The Magic starting frontcourt outscored the Pacers' starting frontcourt 78-47
-Lewis and Turkoglu combined for 46 points on 15 of 34 shooting, 8 rebounds, 5 steals, and 4 assists
-After a 12/0 assist/turnover ratio against the Wizards, Anthony Johnson had a more modest 4/3 ratio against the Pacers, but had his shooting eye going with 16 points
-J.J. Redick, starting in place of the injured Mickael Pietrus, attempted just 4 field goals in 30 minutes, scoring 4 points with 4 assists, 2 rebounds, and a steal
-Courtney Lee, Tony Battie, and Brian Cook were the only Magic players to see action off the bench
-The Pacers attempted 18 more field goals than the Magic, and had nine more offensive rebounds
-Other than Howard, only Tony Battie had an offensive rebound for the Magic
-Magic attempted twice as many free throws than the Pacers
-The Magic outscored the Pacers by 88-86 from the field, but 22-10 from the free throw line
-The Magic outshot the Pacers from the field, the three point line, and the free throw line

The Magic won their fourth in a row, ninth out of ten games, and thirteen out of fifteen games overall, and continue to lead the second-place Hawks by 2 1/2 games in the SE.

For the complete box score, click here

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