NBA Game Summary - Indiana at Orlando
(Tuesday, January 27th)
Final Score: Orlando 135, Indiana 111
Orlando, FL (Sports Network) - Mickael Pietrus returned from a 12-game absence to produce a season-high 27 points, while Rashard Lewis nailed four-three pointers and finished with 24 points, helping the Orlando Magic to a 135-111 shootout victory over the Indiana Pacers.
Pietrus, who broke his wrist in a December 29 tilt against Detroit, hit 8-of-13 from the field while grabbing 10 rebounds in nearly 30 minutes off the bench.
"I felt pretty good, just to be out there with my teammates," Pietrus said. "I've been watching them for so long and finally the day came for me to be there and enjoy the time and enjoy the Magic."
The Magic rebounded in a big way after losing back-to-back games for just the second time this season, hitting 54.9 percent from the floor and 15-of-33 from three-point range. The hosts also owned a 50-29 advantage on the glass.
Dwight Howard posted his usual 22 points and 10 rebounds, and Courtney Lee contributed 14 points for Orlando, which had eight players score in double- digits.
T.J. Ford dropped in 23 points while Marquis Daniels scored 16 for Indiana, which had its two-game win streak halted and lost its sixth straight bout on the road. Danny Granger, coming in averaging 26.1 points per game, was held to 10 points on 4-of-14 shooting from the field.
Howard and Lewis paced the Magic with 11 points apiece in a lopsided opening quarter. Indiana was held to one field goal over the final five minutes and wound up trailing 36-18 after 12 minutes of play.
The margin stayed the same, 68-50, at the break, and an early 10-0 run by the Magic in the third extended the difference even further.
Jameer Nelson hit a pair of threes, Lee recorded a layup and Howard made a nice adjustment on an alley-oop pass from Hedo Turkoglu, throwing down a dunk for a commanding 80-55 lead just three minutes into the frame.
Consecutive three-point plays from Ford near the four-minute mark cut Indiana's deficit to 87-72, and it was a 15-point game, 102-87, prior to the fourth.
Early in the final stanza, Pietrus hit for a pair of threes from the right and left wings on two straight possessions, the latter coming three minutes in and giving the Magic an insurmountable 114-91 lead they did not relinquish.
"I knew it was going to be a tough task coming in here and trying to win," Ford said. "They are one of the top four teams in the NBA right now and they handed it to us tonight."
Orlando has a much-anticipated tilt on tap Thursday when the Cleveland Cavaliers come to town...Indiana is back in action Wednesday when it hosts Milwaukee...Orlando leads the season series, 3-0, and has won the last five meetings against Indiana...Troy Murphy scored 13 points for Indiana, which shot 50.6 percent from the floor and got 12 points from rookie Roy Hibbert...Nelson finished with 12 points eight assists for the Magic, who got 13 points from Tony Battie, 11 from Turkoglu and 10 from Anthony Johnson.
01/27 22:47:49 ET