NBA Game Summary - Indiana at Orlando
(Monday, December 14th)
Final Score: Orlando 106, Indiana 98
Orlando, FL (Sports Network) - Dwight Howard had a monster game with 21 points, 23 rebounds and four blocks, and the Magic rallied from a 17-point deficit in the second quarter and used a big rally in the fourth to upend Indiana, 106-98.
Vince Carter scored 28 for Orlando, which snapped a two-game skid and won for the seventh time in nine contests. Anthony Johnson and JJ Redick each netted 13 points, while Rashard Lewis scored 10 in the win.
"What lit a fire was getting down big in the first quarter and knowing that in order for us to win, I had to step up on the defensive end, just be a presence and block shots," said Howard.
Mike Dunleavy had a season-high 26 points for the Pacers, who lost for the seventh time in nine games. Troy Murphy and T.J. Ford added 14 and 13 points, respectively, but the Pacers went the final 4:59 of the game without a field goal.
Howard and Murphy were each given a technical foul in the third quarter after getting tangled up under the basket. Murphy fouled Howard hard over the back.
"I fouled him and it was a hard foul," admitted Murphy. "You have to foul the guy hard, otherwise you are going to slap him on the wrists and he is going to still dunk it."
Ford's jumper gave Indiana a 96-94 edge, but that was the final bucket for the visitors. The Magic scored the game's next 12 points. Carter's two free throws tied it, and he added two more from the line to give the Magic the lead. Lewis and Redick followed with consecutive three-pointers. Lewis' jam capped the flurry with 36.4 seconds remaining.
Indiana limited the Magic to 6-of-23 from the field in the opening quarter to build a 30-17 lead after 12 minutes. Carter accounted for all but three of Orlando's points in the period
Solomon Jones hit a jumper to expand Indiana's lead to 36-19, but the Magic rallied late in the second with 17 consecutive points. Redick began the spurt with a three-pointer, and a pair of Howard free throws moved the Magic to a 47-44 edge with 2:12 remaining in the half.
The Pacers gained a 54-53 advantage at the intermission and carried an 81-79 edge moving to the fourth.
Orlando started a stretch where it will play seven of eight games at home. The only road contest in that stretch is at Miami on Thursday...The Magic have won six of the last seven meetings...Howard finished 13-of-22 at the foul line.
12/14 23:27:52 ET