Magic @ Pacers Game 5
Pacers 98 Magic 91
Facing elimination on the road, the Magic knew it would be a struggle to pull out a win to extend the series. They would need everyone to be playing at the top of their game but unfortunately for Orlando many of their players had an off day shooting the ball as they fall to the Pacers 98-91 and get eliminated from the NBA playoffs.
Neither team played any defense in the first quarter as the Pacers took a 31-29 lead. The Magic kept up with the Pacers as they trailed by 1 going into halftime, 53-52. Both teams came out sluggish in the third as the Pacers outscored the Magic 18-17 and took a 71-69 lead to the fourth before holding onto a 7 point victory.
Danny Granger led all scorers with 25 points (9-17, 2-7 3pt, 5-7 ft), 4 boards and 2 steals. Roy Hibbert had a double double scoring 16 points (6-9, 4-8 ft), 12 boards, 2 assists and 4 steals. Off the bench, Leandro Barbosa was red hot scoring 15 points (7-10, 1-3 3pt) and had 4 steals. Darren Collison scored 10 points off the bench, including 3 boards and 2 assists. George Hill had 11 assists to go with his 6 points. As a team the Pacers shot 54% from the field (35-65, 3-14 3pt) and were 25-39 from the foul line.
Glen Davis recorded a double double for the Magic scoring 21 points (4-13, 13-15 ft) and grabbing 11 boards. Ryan Anderson knocked down 4 three's as he scored 18 points (6-12, 4-10 3pt, 2-2 ft) and pulled down 8 boards and had 2 blocks. Jason Richardson was the only other Magic to score in double figures with 15 (4-10, 0-4 3pt, 7-7 ft). Orlando really struggled from the field as they shot 37% from the field (25-68, 8-27 3pt) and were 33-37 from the foul line. Jameer Nelson was 2-8 from the field for 6 points and had a team high 7 turnovers (17 team turnovers).
Danny Granger averaged 18.2 points and 5 rebounds. Roy Hibbert averaged 10.6 points and 10 rebounds.
Glen Davis averaged 14.8 points and 9.8 rebounds.
The Pacers defeat the Magic 4-1 in the series.
Pacers @ Magic Game 4
Pacers 98 Magic 95
Down 2-1 in the series, the Magic could not afford to lose game 4 at home and fall to 3-1 going back to Indiana. Unfortunately for them, they struggled for three quarters before erupting for a huge fourth quarter, but by that time it was too late and they fall to the Pacers 98-95.
The Pacers outplayed the Magic for the first three quarters as they had a 49-41 lead at half and made it a double digit lead going into the fourth, 70-59. Orlando scored 36 points in the fourth, but the pacers scored 28 as they held on for a 3 points victory.
David West led the Pacers in points with 19 (7-14, 5-6 ft) and in rebounds with 12. George Hill had 17 points (5-11, 1-6 3pt, 6-9 ft) with 4 boards, 4 assists, a steal and 2 blocked shots. Off the bench Tyler Hansbrough added 14 points (6-9, 2-2 ft), 6 boards and 3 assists. Paul George was very efficient scoring 14 points going 5-7 from the field, 2-4 from downtown and 2-3 from the foul line. He also had 7 boards. Danny Granger was limited to 15 minutes due to foul trouble and only had 9 points. Roy Hibbert had 7 points (3-8, 1-2 ft), 10 boards and 3 blocks. The Pacers shot 50% (35-70, 4-16 3pt) and were 24-31 from the foul line. They played a sloppy fourth quarter which was a big reason they had 20 turnovers for the game and let the Magic make this one interested late.
The Magic offense struggled mightily shooting 35% from the field going 28-80 including 10-29 from the downtown. They also missed 9 free throws going 29-38. Glenn Davis and Ryan Anderson led the Magic with 15 points a piece. J.J Redick off the bench scored 14 points going 5-8 from the field and making both 3's he attempted. Jameer Nelson and Jason Richardson were awful in this one as Nelson wen 2-12 for 13 points, and Richardson went 3-16 for 11 points. Combined they were 3-17 from downtown. Orlando will have to get these guys back on track in game 4 as they now face elimination on the road.
Gmae 5 is Tuesday in Indiana
Pacers @ Magic Game 3
Pacers 93 Magic 83
Tied at 1 game a piece, the Magic, Pacers series moves to Orlando.
The game started off with a quick pace and seemed as if we were going to have ourselves a very high scoring game as the first quarter ended with a 32-27 Pacers lead. After both teams scored 19 in the 2nd, we went into halftime with a 51-46 Pacer lead. In the third, the Magic continued to struggle to score as the Pacers jumped out to a 74-63 lead going into the 4th. With their offense not getting easy baskets, the Magic could not cut the deficit to single digits as the Pacers went on to win 93-83.
Danny Granger led the way for the Pacers scoring a game high 25 points (10-17, 3-5 3pt, 2-3 ft), and played a big role on defense with 3 steals and 2 blocks. Paul George scored 17 points (6-12, 3-6 3pt, 2-2 ft) while grabbing 6 boards. The Pacers almost had double doubles from both of their big men. Roy Hibbert had 12 points (4-8, 4-4 ft) and 12 boards along with his 2 blocks and David West finished a rebound short with 13 and 9. Darren Collison made the most of his 18 minutes off the bench, scoring 6 points on 2-5 shooting with 3 assists and 3 steals. As a team the Pacers shot 44% (32-77, 8-15 3pt) and 21-25 from the foul line.
Jason Richardson had a team high 23 points (8-17, 3-7 3pt, 4-4 ft) for the Magic with Hedo Turkoglu also scoring 20 (6-13, 2-3 3pt, 6-7 ft). A lot of Magic players struggled with their shots. Jameer Nelson was 5-14 with 12 points, 7 assists and 4 boards. Ryan Anderson was 1-9 with 8 points and 13 boards. Glen Davis was limited to only 22 minutes due to foul trouble and he finished with 6 points (2-7, 2-2 ft), 5 boards and 2 blocks. The Magic shot 35% from the field (26-74, 9-23 3pt) and 22-26 from the foul line.
Game 4 is Saturday in Orlando
Magic @ Pacers Game 2
Pacers 83 Magic 80
Trying to avoid going down 2-0 in front of the home crowd fans, the Indiana Pacers are going to have to play better basketball than they did in game 1, especially on the defensive side of the ball.
They were up to the challenge as they played outstanding defense, holding the Magic to 20 or less points in the first 3 quarters. Neither team were hot offensively in the first half as the Magic led 38-34, after the Pacers only put up 13 points in the 2nd quarter. But in the third the Pacers held the Magic to 15 points and were able to tie it up at 53 after 3. Both teams came alive in the 4th, knocking down shot after shot but in the end the Pacers made some big stops and tied the series up at 1 a piece, heading to Orlando.
David West led the scoring for the Pacers with 24 (9-17, 6-6 ft), as three other Pacers were in double figures (Granger 14, Hibbert 12, Barbosa 11). As a team they only shot 39% (27-69) and were 0-8 from downtown. Paul George had 6 points (2-10, 0-5 3pt) along with 7 boards, 2 assists and 4 steals. Roy Hibbert added 12 boards to his 12 points for a double double and Granger had 9 boards. Off the bench Collison added 8 points and dished out 6 assists. The Pacers were 29-31 from the free throw line which turned out to be a huge advantage as the Magic only attempted 12, and that's largely due to the fact the Pacers played great defense.
The Magic shot just a little better than the Pacers at 41% (31-76) and were 10-30 from downtown but only getting to the line 12 times and turned it over 22 times which really hurt them in this one. They did have 5 guys in double figures with Ryan Anderson leading the way with 19 (7-15, 4-10 3pt, 1-1 ft) and was tied for a team high with 7 boards (Davis and Turkoglu also with 7). Turkoglu had 16 points (6-12, 4-6 3pt, 0-2 ft) and 6 assists. and Davis had 10 going 5-9 from the field. Jameer Nelson really struggled shooting the ball going 4-16 from the field for 15 points to go along with 7 assists, 3 boards and 3 steals. If they were smarter with the basketball in this one and didn't turn the ball over so many times, we would see the Magic going back home with a 2-0 series lead.
Game 3 is Wednesday Night in Orlando.
Magic @ Pacers Game 1
Magic 99 Pacers 91
With the loss of Dwight Howard it seemed as if the Magic were an easy round 1 matchup for the #3 seed Indiana Pacers. However the Magic showed a lot of effort as they fought their way to a huge game 1 victory. It was a back and forth game through the first half as the Pacers went into halftime with a 51-45 lead. After holding the Pacers to only 15 points in the 3rd quarter the Magic cut the deficit to 2 points heading into the 4th. In the 4th the Magic were on fire as they score 35 in the quarter and pull out a victory on the road.
With no Dwight Howard the Magic used a balanced offensive attack as five players scored in double figures. Jameer Nelson scored a game high 25, Ryan Anderson scored 19 on only 3-12 shooting but was 11-12 from the foul line, Glenn Davis stepped up and had 17 and 10 as the center, JJ Redick scored 13 including three 3's and J-Rich had 11 points, 8 boards, 3 assists and 3 steals. J-Rich, Anderson and Q-Rich all added 8 boards as well in Howard's absence. With not a lot of height the Magic settled for a lot of 3's as they went 7-27 from downtown but still managed to get to the line 36 times.
On the losing side, the Pacers were led by Danny Granger's 18 points as he shot 8-18 from the field. Collison (13), West (13), and Barbosa (11) were also in double figures. With Hibbert in foul trouble most of the game he was only able to contribute 6 points and 4 boards, but Tyler Hansbrough added in 7 points and 11 boards. The two point guards of Hill and Collison combined for 21 points and 12 assists. David West had 13 and 8 but did not shoot well, going 3-13. With no Howard, there is no excuse for the Pacers to be out rebound 48-46 but look for things to change if Hibbert can avoid foul trouble.
Game 2 is Monday Night in Indiana