May 2, 2012; Orlando, FL, USA; Indiana Pacers shooting guard George Hill (3) shoots against the Orlando Magic during the first quarter of game three in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at the Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Douglas Jones-US PRESSWIRE

Indiana Pacers Get a 2-1 Edge in Best of 7

The Indiana Pacers had just about a complete game in this one against Orlando as they lead all the way throughout and by as many as 29 points.  The first quarter was jump started by 8 straight points, and a lead  of 23-14.

Things got a bit tight in the second quarter as Orlando got as close as three points, but couldn’t get over that hump.  Glen Davis even took advantage of his scoring ability as he put together 14 points in that quarter.  The Magic as a team had 24 points in the second to ease closer, but that third quarter the Pacers were the better team.

The Pacers have looked many times to be very dominant in the third quarter, and this one was no exception as they put together 32 points and holding the Magic to 17 points.  The Pacers defense in all these games has really been good and that quarter showed it.

The Magic did shoot over 42%, but only managed 74 points for the game.  That’s been 81, 78, and now 74.  The Pacers need to keep up this dominant defense so they can put away the Magic come game three on Saturday, and then close out the series next Tuesday night.  If they do what they did tonight, that should happen.  Many expected the Pacers to walk through the series, and tonight’s performance should be evidence of that.

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