Perhaps the return of power forward Glen Davis has awoken a sleeping giant known as the Orlando Magic, who beat the Indiana Pacers 97-86 on Wednesday night at the Amway Center.
"We've beaten some good teams this year," Magic guard J.J. Redick said. "And we've been in games against good teams. … It's just our offense was pretty crisp, we shot it well (and) took care of the ball."
Orlando (14-24) won for the second time in three games as Davis started his first game in nearly a month after coming off the bench on Monday in his return from a separated right shoulder. The Magic used a balanced attack, as Nikola Vucevic notched a double-double with 16 points and 15 rebounds; Arron Afflalo finished with 15 points; Jameer Nelson and Redick totaled 14 points and six assists apiece, with Nelson adding a game-high four steals; and Davis registered 11 points. Five other players also tallied points for Orlando, as E'Twaun Moore had nine, Josh McRoberts had eight, DeQuan Jones and Andrew Nicholson had four each, and Moe Harkless had two.
For Indiana (24-16), Paul George had 20 points and 10 rebounds, while George Hill recorded 15 points and six assists, David West had 14 points and seven rebounds, Roy Hibbert finished with 11 points and seven boards, and Tyler Hansbrough and Gerald Green notched 10 points apiece.
The Magic outshot the Pacers 46.5% (40 of 86) to 43.5% (37 of 85) from the field and 57.1% (12 of 21) to 11.8% (2 of 17) from 3-point land. Despite the fact that the hosts were outrebounded 44-40 and beaten 46-30 on points in the paint, they dished out 29 assists compared to 18 for Indiana. In addition, Orlando totaled 10 steals and the Pacers had six.
After outscoring Indiana 22-17 in the first quarter, the Magic won the second quarter 29-18 before losing 29-26 in the third period and 22-20 in the fourth.
"We've got to protect home court definitely," Davis said when asked about the Magic's upcoming stretch of four home games in their next five. "And to be home gives you a level of comfort. At the same time, we're not really trying to be comfortable. We're trying to win games. We're behind. We lost a lot of games. We've gotta go and kind of catch back up."
Orlando welcomes Charlotte to town on Friday at 7:00 pm on FS Florida.
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