The Indiana Pacers took back the home-court advantage that they had lost in the opening game of their match-up against the Orlando Magic as they defeated the Magic at the Amway Center Wednesday night by a final margin of 97-74. The victory also gives the Pacers a 2-1 edge in their best of seven series. Danny Granger was the leading scorer of the night with 26 points while Roy Hibbert finally showed Orlando why he was named to the NBA Eastern Conference All-Star team as he racked up a double-double with 18 points.
Glen Davis once again had a strong performance for the Magic, as the big man knocked down 22 points in the loss; however he had too little offensive support from his teammates to keep pace with their visitors. Orlando would start the contest with their offense stuck in neutral and except for the second period, circumstances did not get much brighter for the balance of the game.
The Magic appeared to need a road-map to find the way to their own basket in the game’s opening period. Orlando could only muster 14 points in the first 12 minutes of action and the Pacers held a 23-14 advantage at the conclusion of the period. The home team found their shooting touch in the second period; however they were only able to knock three points off their deficit as Indiana would enter their locker room at the half on top 44-38.
The Pacers took over the contest in the third as they scored almost twice as many points as their opponents did in the period. Hibbert slammed the rock through the hole with authority with 28 seconds to play and Indiana led 76-55 heading into the final period. The Magic never came close to posing a threat as the Pacers won the contest with ease.
Granger knocked down 26 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals in the victory. Hibbert scored 18 points, 10 rebounds, 3 blocks, an assist and a steal while George Hill had 15 points, 2 assists, 2 rebounds and a steal. Paul George added 12 points while Darren Collison came off the bench with 10 points.
Davis scored 22 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 steal. J.J. Redick came off the pine with 13 points and 1 assist while Jameer Nelson had 10 points, 5 assists, 2 rebounds and 1 steal. Game four of the series will be in Orlando on Saturday afternoon.