The Orlando Magic showed that they are not ready to concede the Post Season even though they playing without All-Star center Dwight Howard; as they smothered their hosts, the Indiana Pacers defensively, holding them scoreless for the last 4:05 of the game as Orlando took the first game of their series 81-77. Darren Collison connected on a mid-range jumper for the Pacers putting them on top 77-70, little realizing those would be the last points they would score in the contest.
The Orlando back-court would come up big for the club as both Jameer Nelson and Jason Richardson scored 17 points in the victory. Glen Davis getting the start at center had a strong performance as he racked up a double-double for the night as he put 16 points on the scoreboard while grabbing 13 rebounds off of the backboard.
David West had a game high 19 points in his first Playoff game in an Indiana uniform while Danny Granger added 17 points for the evening, however the pair had far too little support from their teammates to get the victory in front of the home fans. The Pacers shot just 34.5% (30-87) from the floor for the game and their scoring drought down the stretch sealed their fate.
Nelson had 17 points, 9 assists and 3 rebounds while Richardson added 17 points, 5 rebounds, 2 steals and an assist. Davis stepped up nicely with 16 points, 13 rebounds, 3 blocks and 1 assist, to help his team secure the upset victory.
West scored 19 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal for the night. Granger added 17 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists while George Hill chipped in 11 points, 3 assists,a block and a steal. The Pacers will attempt to get a win on their home floor as the series resumes on Monday night.