Mark up a fourth straight loss for the Pacers in a game that never got going for the team. This is what Pacer fans worried about whether this team would come out slow against the Magic after one of their toughest efforts last night. This game got away from the Pacers and the Magic pulled away for a 107-94 win complete with 30 points from Dwight Howard, who looked like a guy who might stay with the Magic.
Paul George tried to will the Pacers with his 22 points, but the Pacers as a whole allowed two quarters of plus 35 points to the Magic. Down 14 points just in the first quarter was a tough hill to climb. Right after halftime, the Magic took off and took control of this game with a quarter of 35 points. You won’t win many games allowing that many points in a quarter.
Or only making one three pointer for the game as the Pacers did. That shooting has got to improve if the Pacers want to be a viable contender in the Eastern Conference.
Even with these four losses in a row, the Pacers sit right in fifth place in the playoff standings with a realistic shot of still taking third place if they can get on a roll. This team is not that far off talent wise from the Magic, so last night’s game was a real disappointment coming off that superb effort against the Heat. But like I said in the previous recap, that could have been expected.
You spend so much energy and effort in one game and have a game that next night, it’s hard to sustain that effort. With the way the Pacers lost, you could tell they would be in a fight, and the Pacers ultimately didn’t bring their team effort to this game. They lost the season series to the Orlando Magic as well 3-1, which is not a good sign.
The Pacers won’t have much time to dwell on this losing streak as this week they play Tuesday night at home against the Portland Trailblazers and Wednesday night against the Philadelphia 76ers, a team just ahead of them in the standings. Time to turn on the effort, and get back to winning, and it starts tomorrow night.