NBA Game Summary - Orlando at Indiana
(Wednesday, December 6th)
Final Score: Indiana 94, Orlando 80
Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) - Al Harrington and Stephen Jackson each scored 26 points to power Indiana to a 94-80 triumph over the Magic.
Jermaine O'Neal tallied 11 points and 11 rebounds, while Jeff Foster contributed eight points and tied a career-high with 18 boards and four steals for the Pacers, who never trailed, on the way to snapping a three-game slide.
Indiana came back from a 2-4 road trip and earned its third straight win at Conseco Fieldhouse.
"It feels good to be home," Jackson said. "I played good and was able to hit some shots tonight. I just wanted to come out and be aggressive. As a team, we wanted to start defending our home court and get some wins. Our big guys have played well and I think we came out and played harder than them."
Dwight Howard had 20 points and eight rebounds for Orlando, which has dropped two of three after a six-game winning streak. Grant Hill added 16 points for the Magic, who struggled by shooting 41.1 percent from the field and were outrebounded, 48-34.
"We have had the same trip Indiana has had, so we can't blame it on the trip," Magic coach Brian Hill said. "The Pacers had a lot of energy tonight. They are always a huge problem on the glass for us. We were not real smart on offense tonight."
The Pacers bolted to a 10-4 lead early, capped by an O'Neal jam, which turned into a three-point play after he was fouled by Hedo Turkoglu.
Orlando rallied to tie the game later in the period, the final time at 25 on a Hill layup, but Danny Granger responded with a three-pointer and the Pacers carried a 28-27 edge going into the second.
The period before halftime turned to be Orlando's downfall. Turkoglu's two free throws had the Magic within 41-38 with 4:09 left, but Indiana ended the half on a 11-4 spurt. Harrington's layup in the final seconds capped the burst.
Nine straight Indiana points to end the third widened the margin to 76-59. Harrington nailed a three and put in a layup during that push, and the double- digit lead remained throughout the fourth.
The Pacers have won five of the last six meetings...Jameer Nelson had 12 points and Carlos Arroyo 11 for Orlando...The Pacers shot 48.1 percent and had 18 turnovers, leading to 21 Magic points.
12/06 23:59:36 ET