The Indiana Pacers evened their first round series with the Orlando Magic on Monday night with a 93-78 Game 2 win. The Magic once again took it to Indiana on their home floor, putting the Pacers on their heels throughout the first half and taking a two-point lead into the locker room. But Indiana would take control in the huge third quarter which was compounded by an Orlando disappearing act on the offensive end.
The Magic shot poorly in the first half but made up for it by pounding the glass and creating extra possessions. The poor shooting continued in the third quarter, but Indiana shored up the paint and pulled away with a 30-13 advantage that sealed it up. Orlando shot just 36 percent from the floor, which was clearly not enough against an Indiana team desperate not to fall into an 0-2 hole on its home floor.
The Magic put five players in double figures, but no one had a dominant game and each of the five did not shoot well. Glen Davis led Orlando with 18 points, and finished with a double-double effort by adding 10 rebounds. Still, Big Baby was just 5 of 16 from the floor and did most of his damage at the free-throw line.
But the Magic did what they needed to do, stealing a game in Indianapolis and shifting home-court advantage. The series now moves to Orlando for Game 3 at Amway Arena on Wednesday evening.
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