Orlando Magic (14-24) 97
Indiana Pacers (24-16) 86
Looking at how last night’s game went and not much effort put out there, the Pacers might as well spent the night at Disney World because they sure didn’t look like that team that’s been winning over the past couple of months. This is the second loss in three games, which could be a bad sign. Hopefully the ship gets turned around on Friday as there’s a home date with the Houston Rockets, who could present a challenge.
But we have to give credit to the Orlando Magic, who really went on huge runs throughout the game to get the lead and then build up leads. They were up by as many as 22 at one point. They also hit 12 out of 21 three pointers. You hit for that high of percentage, and you’re doing good things. The Pacers were able to even contest some of the threes and guys were still making it. Not much you could do there.
Not much good to report on from the Pacers’ side. Paul George leads the way with 20 points and grabs 10 rebounds. Good to see George getting right back in the swing of things after missing last Saturday’s game. The Pacers were their usual selves with out rebounding the Magic, but they couldn’t hit anything. They scored 17 and 18 points in the first two quarters that put them in a hole. You know it’s bad when you want the team to climb within ten points to even have a shot. That fourth quarter they probably need to put up 30 points to even climb back into the game.
Time to regroup on the way home and hopefully we’ll see a much better team than that one in Orlando last night. The Pacers have only lost three games at home and are riding a ten game winning streak there, maybe that’s the cure for this mini funk. Not quite a funk, but if the Pacers can’t get a win come Friday, then we might be in funk mode and not the good funk.