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10-16 FG | 7-10 FT | 2 BLK | 8 REB | 27 PTS | +5
It’s more than obvious at this point that Howard lives to play against Roy Hibbert whenever the Magic play the Indiana Pacers. Orlando ran 4-out/1-in offensive sets throughout the game for Howard and he feasted. Perhaps the most impressive thing about his performance was the fluidity by which played on offense. He looked a lot like the 2010-2011 version out there on offense.
7-16 FG | 3-7 3P | 5 AST | 6 REB | 17 PTS | +11
Richardson’s best sequence came early in the third quarter. He dribble penetrated into the lane and dished it to Howard for a dunk, which produced an and-one for the big fella. On the next possession, Richardson made a corner three in transition. On the next possession after that, he made a mid-range fadeaway jumper in a screen-and-curl. Shortly thereafter, same play, same result.
3-6 FG | 5-5 FT | 1 AST | 7 REB | 12 PTS | +13
Anderson had a quiet game for his standards. In some ways, he got outplayed when matched up against Tyler Hansbrough. Hansbrough brought a lot of energy to the table and Anderson struggled to deal with that at times, primarily early in the fourth quarter. But Anderson got the last laugh, as he made four clutch free-throws at the end of the game that sealed the deal for the Magic.
2-11 FG | 5-7 FT | 4 AST | 10 REB | 9 PTS | +13
Turkoglu had one of the strangest games he’s ever had since playing for Orlando, which is saying something because he’s been with the franchise for quite a while now. Turkoglu didn’t shoot the basketball well at all, he turned the ball over way too much, and he committed a silly technical foul at the end of the game that could have nearly cost the Magic.
No one for the Pacers, outside of Hansbrough and Lou Amundson, played particularly well. It’s no coincidence that when Hansbrough and Amundson were in the game together, Indiana was able to cut their deficit from 10 points late in the third quarter to as close as one point midway in the fourth quarter. That momentum seemed to die, though, when Hibbert and David West reentered the game.
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