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Mar 09

Grades: Indiana Pacers 115, Orlando Magic 86

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Indiana Pacers 115 Final
Recap | Box Score
86 Orlando Magic

Nikola Vucevic
6-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 BLK | 6 REB | 12 PTS | -23

During his 25-point, 21-rebound performance against the Miami Heat on Wednesday, at times it seemed like Vucevic was that one big kid playing against a bunch of little kids at a local rec league, using his height to score and rebound at will. Against the 7-foot-2 Roy Hibbert and the Pacers, a team known for their length, that size advantage went out the window quickly.

Arron Afflalo
6-13 FG | 2-5 3P | 1 REB | 1 AST | 18 PTS | -20

The highlight of the night for Afflalo was his little fracas with Paul George early in the first quarter. The altercation began after Afflalo drove to the basket against Roy Hibbert and George, and drew a non-shooting foul on Hibbert. Afflalo and George got entangled under the basket after the play was over, then threw an elbow at each other, which triggered a double-technical.

Jameer Nelson
3-10 FG | 2-5 3P | 3 REB| 6 AST | 10 PTS | -22

After picking apart the Heat’s defense two days ago, Nelson had a much harder time breaking down Indiana defensively. And Hibbert, an elite defender that deserves consideration for Defensive Player of the Year, was the main reason for that. He lorded over the paint and that made it tough for Nelson to wreak havoc with dribble penetration.

Beno Udrih
5-7 FG | 2-2 FT | 0 REB | 7 AST | 12 PTS | -7

There isn’t much to say about Udrih’s performance, given that most of his stats came in garbage time when the Pacers had already put the game to bed. If there’s anything to note, it’s that Udrih scored all of his points in the fourth quarter. He did much of his damage running pick-and-rolls and pulling up for midrange jumpers, which is what he does best.

Indiana Pacers

After getting embarrassed by the Magic in a 97-86 loss on January 16, Indiana exacted a bit of revenge this time around. D.J. Augustin and Tyler Hansbrough provided a nice boost coming off the bench, helping the Pacers build a double-digit lead in the second quarter. Then George put the nail in the coffin by scoring 18 third quarter points and helping to blow the game wide open.

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