Grades: Indiana Pacers 95, Orlando Magic 73 | Magic Basketball

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Grades: Indiana Pacers 95, Orlando Magic 73

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Indiana Pacers 95 Final
Recap | Box Score
73 Orlando Magic

Nikola Vucevic
4-12 FG | 1-4 FT | 11 REB | 1 AST | 9 PTS | -11

Vucevic’s night could be summed up in one play. Midway through the third quarter, as Vucevic was fighting for a defensive rebound, he got popped in the face by an inadvertent elbow from Tyler Hansbrough. Vucevic walked off the court to gather himself, which forced head coach Jacque Vaughn to take a timeout. It was a prime example of how the Pacers’ frontline played Vucevic — with brute force.

Maurice Harkless
4-12 FG | 1-2 3P | 4 STL | 8 REB | 10 PTS | -12

It’s ironic that Harkless drew the primary defensive assignment against Paul George because it’s easy to visualize Harkless becoming as good of a defender as him. Heck, it’s not out of the realm of possibility that Harkless could become a better defensive player than George. This game provided Harkless with a baseline for who he should thrive to become like on defense.

Arron Afflalo
3-13 FG | 4-4 FT | 3 REB | 3 AST | 10 PTS | -12

Defended primarily by George, who is widely seen as one of the best defensive players in the NBA, Afflalo had a hard time dealing with George’s length. Getting many clean looks at the basket, whether it was from the perimeter or at the rim, was a major challenge. George handcuffed Afflalo, with a little bit of help from Gerald Green.

Beno Udrih
3-6 FG | 3-4 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 9 PTS | -14

Udrih provided the Magic with a bit of a spark at the tail end of the third quarter, but it was all for naught in the grand scheme of things. Considering the circumstances, in which every Magic starter struggled offensively, Udrih was one of the few players for Orlando that could say he had a decent enough outing on offense.

Indiana Pacers

If you didn’t know any better, you would have thought a late ’90s Miami Heat-New York Knicks game broke out in Indiana. It was that ugly of a game, but you can imagine the Pacers enjoyed it. They physically manhandled the Magic, with Hansbrough leading the way. Filling in for an injured David West (sprained lower back), Hansbrough had a double-double and was a Grade A pest.

1 comments
CarloSimone
CarloSimone

You should've given a grade to Jacque for getting thrown out of the game.  A+ for effort.  My rookie coach is all grown up now.  I'm so proud.