Indiana Pacers steamroll through Orlando Magic
The Orlando Magic tried to make a game of it tonight in Indianapolis, but in the end the Indiana Pacers asserted their will and sent the Magic on their way with a blowout 98-79 victory. After closing a one-time 16 point lead down to just two during the 3rd quarter, the Magic were unable to sustain their effort against the NBA-best Pacers.
Arron Afflalo came out with a point to prove against fellow All-Star snub Lance Stephenson, scoring 18 points in the first half but finished with just two points in the second half for 20 on the night. Indiana put their best perimeter defender in Paul George on Afflalo and he was frustrated all evening – even picking up a technical foul call on a questionable offensive foul call in the 4th. The Magic as a team scored just 29 points in total in the second half.
With Jameer Nelson sidelined with a sore knee, Victor Oladipo once again started at point guard and once again struggled shooting the ball. Oladipo shot 2-11 from the field, but still managed to dish 11 assists (something positive!) and played tremendous on-ball defense all evening (another something positive!). Unfortunately, he is shooting 13-51 from the field in his last four games.
The Pacers were led by a balanced scoring attack, getting 16 points from Danny Granger and 15 each from Lance Stephenson and Paul George.
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The Magic now fall to 13-37 on the season with just 32 games remaining. The team is back in action at home on Wednesday night against the Detroit Pistons to begin a four game homestand. Tip is set for 7pm.