AP Photo/Darron Cummings
6-11 FG | 2-4 FT | 2 STL | 9 REB | 14 PTS | +11
Howard didn’t get a lot of playing time because of foul trouble in the first half. That only delayed the inevitable for the big fella, as he became the Magic’s franchise scoring leader (breaking Nick Anderson’s record) in the third quarter — fittingly from a dunk in a 3/5 pick-and-roll with Hedo Turkoglu at the 9:59 mark in the period. A deserving honor for a larger-than-life figure.
8-14 FG | 5-7 3P | 1 STL | 8 REB | 24 PTS | +11
Anderson had little trouble scoring against the Indiana Pacers, hitting a game-high five three-pointers and proving yet again that he’s a much more potent stretch four than Rashard Lewis ever was. More importantly, though, was Anderson’s defense against David West. Granted, Anderson got help as Van Gundy consistently sent double-teams at West. Nevertheless, Anderson was able to slow West down.
6-13 FG | 1-4 3P | 2 AST | 3 REB | 15 PTS | +19
After a slow first three quarters, Redick got things going for himself offensively in the fourth quarter (scoring 11 of his 15 points in the period), particularly in pick-and-rolls where he was able to create his own shot off the dribble. Yes, he can spot up on the perimeter and shoot threes but his most underrated skill as a player is his ability to execute pick-and-rolls.
4-6 FG | 5-6 FT | 2 BLK | 5 REB | 13 PTS | +8
Davis quietly played a good game. It was the little things that mattered the most. He created contact in the paint and generated foul shots for himself. He got easy baskets. He played good defense. His play of the game came when he stripped Roy Hibbert as the 7-footer went up for a shot. Davis, then, barreled down the court for a dunk in transition.
After an ideal start to the game, with Howard picking up two fouls in the first quarter as well as Hibbert and Danny Granger combining for 20 of the Pacers’ 29 points in the period, it was all downhill from there. Indiana was unable to inflict more damage to Orlando when Howard picked up his third foul early in the second quarter. The Magic’s defense flummoxed the Pacers.
Eddy Rivera is the Editor-in-Chief of Magic Basketball. Follow him on Twitter.