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Here’s a snapshot of the Indiana Pacers’ 93-78 playoff win tonight over the Orlando Magic at Bankers Life Fieldhouse:
Turning point of the game
The Orlando Magic took a page out of the Pacers’ book in the first half by out working them for every loose ball. The Magic got half of their 44 first half points on second chance points.
The Pacers flipped the script on the Magic in the third quarter. The Pacers were the team that pursued all the loose balls.
The Pacers outscored the Magic 30-13 and had 13 second chance points in the third quarter alone. They also had 16 rebounds, which was just four shy of their total in the first half, in the quarter. The Magic were held to 35.7 percent shooting in the quarter. The Pacers had 16 rebounds
The Pacers tied the game on a Danny Granger 3-pointer and then took the lead for good – 54-52 – on a George Hill floater on their possession, causing Magic coach Stan Van Gundy to call a timeout.
Hill scored 12 of his 18 points in the third quarter on 4-of-4 shooting.
Inside the numbers
The Pacers prided themselves on being a balanced team in the regular season. That was the case again tonight. They had five players, including four starters, score in double figures. The fifth starter – Roy Hibbert – only had four points but he made up for it by grabbing 13 rebounds and blocking two shots.
Leading scorer for each team
Danny Granger, David West and Paul George had 18 points each for the Pacers. Glen Davis led Orlando with 18 points.
Thank you, Pat
Colts punter Pat McAfee bought 750 tickets for fans for Game 2. His kindness was such a hit that McAfee bought another 300 tickets for Game 5 on May 8. McAfee’s generosity contributed to the second straight sell out at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, which booed the Pacers when they fell behind in the first half, but erupted when they took control of the game in the third quarter.
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