NBA Game Summary - Indiana at Orlando
(Saturday, November 29th)
Final Score: Orlando 110, Indiana 96
Orlando, FL (Sports Network) - Dwight Howard scored 32 points, pulled down 21 rebounds and blocked four shots to pace surging Orlando to a 110-96 win over the Indiana Pacers.
Howard shot 11-of-15 from the field, as the Magic won for the ninth time in 10 games. Rashard Lewis added 24 points, including 21 in the second half, in Orlando's fourth straight win. Hedo Turkoglu added 22 points, and Anthony Johnson scored 16 for Orlando, which moved to 13-4 for the season.
For Howard, his big word this season is 'dominate'.
"That's my word; I put it everywhere in my house," he said. "I write it down a lot. Before the game, I say it. The whole game I think about dominating. Magic Johnson, he talked to me a couple games ago about coming out and dominating from the start. Letting the other team know what type of game it's going to be. I've got to have that mentality every night for our team to be very successful."
Danny Granger scored 27 for the Pacers, who have dropped two in a row and five of six. Marquis Daniels had 21 points, Troy Murphy 13 and Roy Hibbert 10. Murphy also had 11 rebounds.
"They are going to make a valiant effort to make a run for the championship this year," said Daniels of the Magic. "They have a lot of key pieces."
Already ahead by 11 at the half, the Magic widened the margin thanks to the play from Lewis. He had seven straight Orlando points, as the Magic widened their lead to 76-56 with 4 1/2 minutes left in the quarter. The margin stood at 20 at 87-67 going to the fourth.
The Pacers cut the deficit to single digits and got within 94-86 on a Granger three-ball midway through the fourth quarter. They were again within eight at 100-92 following a T.J. Ford layup with 4 1/2 minutes left, but Johnson countered with a layup and Lewis banged in a three to seal the victory.
Orlando led 27-22 after the opening quarter and was ahead 58-47 at the half.
Magic guard Mickael Pietrus will be out 3-to-5 weeks due to a torn ligament in his right thumb. The Magic are already without backup guard Keith Bogans for the next few weeks due to a fractured left thumb. Orlando point guard Jameer Nelson missed his third straight game with a strained right hip flexor...The Magic earned a hard-fought 100-98 overtime victory over the Pacers in Indianapolis on November 21 and have won four straight in the series...Six of Orlando's next eight games are on the road, starting with Monday's contest at Boston...Indiana also has six of its next eight on the road games, but the Pacers host the Lakers on Tuesday.
11/30 02:23:21 ET