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Friday, February 06, 2009

Granger's 33 points leads Pacers over Magic

In addition to the 33 points from Danny Granger, five other Indiana Pacers scored in double figures to overcome a 20/20 game from Dwight Howard and beat the Magic 107-102.

The Magic trailed through most of the game; their last lead came at 20-19 in the first quarter, with the Pacers holding a 32-29 lead after one, and 61-51 at the half. The Magic started fast in the third quarter, going on a 12-2 run to tie the game at 63 before the Pacers went on a huge 17-2 run to lead 80-65 late in the third before the Magic scored the last nine points of the quarter to trail 80-74 going into the fourth. The Magic managed to tie the game at 87 in the fourth, but never could retake the lead, as the Pacers made their free throws for the five point final margin.

Magic leading scorers

Dwight Howard: 21 points (8 of 18 field goals, 5 of 12 free throws), 20 rebounds
Hedo Turkoglu: 20 points (6 of 16 field goals), 11 assists, 6 rebounds
J.J. Redick (bench): 17 points (4 of 7 field goals)
Rashard Lewis: 16 points (6 of 15 field goals)

Indiana leading scorers

Danny Granger: 33 points, 5 rebounds
T.J. Ford: 21 points, 5 assists
Troy Murphy: 20 points, 8 rebounds

Overall Game Stats:

FG%: ORL 43.8% (35 of 80) IND 43.8% (35 of 80)
3 PT FG%: IND 37.5% (9 of 24) ORL 34.4% (11 of 32)
FT%: IND 90.3% (28 of 31) ORL 63.6% (21 of 33)
REB: ORL 50 (10 offensive) IND 38 (4 offensive)
AST/TO: ORL 19/16 IND 18/10

Other game notes and stats:

-Despite the 20/20 game, Howard shot under 50% from the field and free throw line, and had seven of his shots blocked by the Pacers
-The Magic starting guards, Anthony Johnson and Mickael Pietrus, combined to make just three field goals the whole game and were outscored 31-11 by the Pacers' starting guards
-Pietrus attempted just six shots in 30 minutes, five of them three pointers
-After Turkoglu's 11 assists, Johnson was second with 3 assists
-The Magic starters were outscored by the Pacers' starters 95-68 and combined to shoot just 23 of 59
-11 of the 15 field goal attempts by Lewis were three pointers
-The Magic reserves combined to shoot 12 of 21
-Turkoglu and Redick combined to make 13 of 14 free throws; the rest of the team went 8 of 19 from the line
-The Magic outscored the Pacers 81-79 from the field but were outscored 28-21 at the free throw line
-Tony Battie made his first three point field goal of the season at the end of the first half

New backup PG Tyronn Lue was unavailable for this game, but will be available for Sunday's home game against New Jersey.

For the complete box score, click here


  • At 11:42 PM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    Well, at least no one can blame Tyronn Lue for this loss.

    Quite a switch for the Magic, as the bench kept them in the game; this was one of the few times all year the Magic starters were outscored by the opposing starters, and they were outscored by 27 points!

    Just a horrible effort from Pietrus... 3 points in 30 minutes of play, on just 1 of 6 shooting. It was just last week that Pietrus looked brilliant against the Pacers, coming off the bench to score 27 points on a variety of drives to the basket and also long jumpers. What happened between now and then?

    Also, despite the 20/20, this was not a very efficient game from Howard, as he had a poor game shooting from the field and free throw line, and had SEVEN of his shots blocked by Indiana!

    Also, Rashard Lewis has had several mediocre games in a row. He attempted 15 field goals, 11 of them threes. He's certainly capable of creating shots going to the basket, he needs to do more of that, not just jack up the threes.

    On the positive side... probably the best all-around game from Redick in a Magic uniform... he had 4 rebounds and 2 assists in addition to his 17 points. He drew a couple of charging fouls from the Pacers, too.

    Nice job by Turk also. Even though he didn't shoot very well and had 4 turnovers, he was getting to the foul line and did a great job passing the ball as evidenced by his 11 assists and also grabbed six boards.

    One of the few times this year the Magic lost a game while scoring 100+ points... SVG certainly can't be happy with the defensive effort.

  • At 1:34 PM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    Turnovers,missed freethrows and just not competing very hard was the difference. Sometimes that happens on the road,but i'll give the pacers credit they played hard throughout.

  • At 9:22 PM, Blogger Shaver Sports said…

    Great site guys. I am a Cavaliers Fan from Cleveland, and have you guys linked on my blogroll as a reference for all things Orlando Magic. I cover the Cavaliers on my blog, Shaver Sports, and with the NBA season going the way its going, we will be keep a close eye on each others teams it appears. Feel free to check out my blog - http://shaversports.blogspot.com/ and link it up on your NBA Blogroll if you'd like. Either way, keep up the good work, and if we don't beat Boston, I hope you guys do! Thanks - JD

  • At 10:25 PM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    Thanks, man... appreciate it!

    I will check out your Cavs blog, too.


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