Magic-Pacers: Rabbit Out Of a Hat, Indeed. Orlando Squeaks Past Indiana

December 14th, 2009 by Jack Foust Leave a reply »
The Orlando Magic returned home Monday to face the Pacers after logging back-to-back loses at the hands of Utah and Phoenix.

After two embarrassing loses—notably Amar’e Stoudemire’s dunk during the last few minutes in the fourth quarter—the Magic wound up showing the blue and white faithful what they’re capable of.

An embarrassing win.

With a final score of 106-98, this was one of the quintessential, “the stats don’t tell the entire story,” games. 

If you had simply looked at the box score, things might not seem so bad: Orlando had more rebounds, more fast breaks, they went to the line way more often (35 attempts compared to Indy’s 10), and had more production from the Magic bench.

This may show the statistics of a team that had a fairly decent shot to win, but on the court, Orlando had basically sand bagged for a good three quarters, trailing Indiana in every quarter but the fourth.

Dwight Howard managed to rack up 21 points, 23 boards, and four blo ...

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