The Orlando Magic, despite the absence of Dwight Howard, have shocked the NBA world and upset the third-seeded Indiana Pacers in Game 1 on Saturday night with a 81-77 victory.
Sure, it is only the first game, but the Orlando Magic have proved with this emphatic win that this disrespected roster is capable of contending with the league's elite. After being ruled out by nearly everyone across the Association, the Magic show that there is, and was, a legitimate squad around Howard this entire season.
Orlando's Jameer Nelson led the Magic with 17 points off 7-of-15 from the field and nine assists. Streaky shooting guard Jason Richardson and bruiser Glen Davis contributed 17 and 16 points, respectively.
Indiana, on the other hand, struggled to find a go-to guy the entire night. Starters David West and Danny Granger put up high point totals, but their 36-point combined effort was quite inefficient. Hibbert, though, was a consistent defensive presence throughout the night, as he blocked nine shots and grabbed 13 boards.
Let's recap Game 1 from Indiana.
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