NBA Game Summary - Orlando at Indiana
(Friday, February 6th)
Final Score: Indiana 107, Orlando 102
Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) - Danny Granger finished with 33 points, as the Indiana Pacers held off the Orlando Magic, 107-102, at Conseco Fieldhouse.
Granger shot just 9-for-21, but made 12-of-12 free throws to help the Pacers end a three-game losing streak and knock off one of the Eastern Conference's top teams in the second of back-to-back games.
Indiana dropped a 99-94 decision to the 76ers in Philadelphia on Thursday, but returned home to beat the Southeast Division-leading Magic, who entered the contest with an 18-6 road record.
The Pacers had also lost five consecutive meetings with Orlando, but ended that streak thanks to a 21-point effort from T.J. Ford and Troy Murphy's 20 points and eight boards.
"We came out with fire in our eyes and continued to play the whole game," Murphy said. "This was a very important game for us to win and we will look back at it at the end of the season as maybe a liftoff."
Dwight Howard had 21 points and 20 rebounds to lead the Magic, who have lost two of three. Hedo Turkoglu added 20 points, 11 assists and six boards for Orlando, while J.J. Redick had 17 points off the bench.
The Magic played their second full game without All-Star point guard Jameer Nelson, who suffered a potentially season-ending torn labrum during the team's loss Monday to Dallas. Orlando beat the Clippers on Wednesday behind 25 points from Anthony Johnson, but the veteran scored just eight points in Friday's loss.
"We should have had more energy than they had," Turkoglu said. "They played last night and had to come back here. They wanted it more than we did."
The Magic were down by six entering the fourth quarter, but evened the contest a little over two minutes into the frame with a seven-point burst. Rashard Lewis, who ended with 16 points, drained a three, Courtney Lee added a dunk and Turkoglu made two from the free throw line for an 87-87 tie.
The teams stayed close until, with 5 1/2 minutes to play, Granger made two foul shots and Ford followed with a three-point play. The points put Indiana ahead 99-92, and Orlando never recovered.
A Turkoglu basket got the Magic within 102-99 with 1:40 remaining, but the teams didn't make another shot for more than a minute. The Pacers sank 5- of-6 free throws in the final minute to seal the win.
A back-and-forth first quarter ended with the Pacers ahead, 32-29, and the hosts expanded their lead to 41-31 with a seven-point burst shortly into the second stanza. Indiana continued to lead and went into halftime ahead 61-51.
Orlando, though, got right back into the game with a 12-2 burst to open the third quarter. Turkoglu had two layups in the stretch, including one to end the run, tying the game at 63.
Later in the frame, the Magic went without a point for more than 5 1/2 minutes, during which time the Pacers had a 13-point surge. Murphy had a triple to end it, giving Indiana an 80-65 lead with 2 1/2 minutes left in the frame.
However, Orlando once again came back, ending the quarter with nine consecutive points to make it a six-point game, 80-74.
Both teams went 35-for-80 (43.8 percent) from the field...Orlando made 21- of-33 free throws, while Indiana went 28-for-31...The Magic held a 50-38 rebounding edge.
02/06 23:18:02 ET