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Feb 03

Grades: Indiana Pacers 98, Orlando Magic 79

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Indiana Pacers 98 Final
Recap | Box Score
79 Orlando Magic

Arron Afflalo
8-18 FG | 4-7 3P | 2 REB | 2 AST | 20 PTS | -4

Tasked with trying to score on one of the NBA’s premier defenders (Paul George), Afflalo made it look incredibly easy in the first half. He scored 18 points on 11 shots, capping off an excellent shooting display by making a buzzer-beating 3-pointer at the end of the second quarter. But Afflalo went cold after halftime, missing his last seven shots to finish with just 20 points.

Nikola Vucevic
8-16 FG | 2-2 FT | 13 REB | 0 AST | 16 PTS | -2

Vucevic played 30-plus minutes for the first time since coming back from a concussion, with the Magic ramping up his minutes game-by-game. He churned out another double-double, his 19th of the regular season (in 32 games), and held his own against Roy Hibbert — at least offensively. But Vucevic has a ways to go on defense before he can consider himself Hibbert’s equal.

Tobias Harris
4-8 FG | 2-2 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 11 PTS | -7

For a player that likes to chuck up a lot of shots, it’s unusual to look at the box score and see that Harris had less than 10 field goal attempts in a game. Part of it was due to the natural flow of the game. Part of it was due to Harris being hounded by the hyperactive Lance Stephenson.

Victor Oladipo
2-11 FG | 0-3 3P | 5 REB | 11 AST | 6 PTS | -5

Starting at point guard in place of the injured Jameer Nelson (knee), Oladipo tried his best to run the Magic’s offense as effectively as his mentor but failed. Ironically enough, it wasn’t Oladipo’s passing that was the problem, but rather his shooting. Oladipo couldn’t connect on any of his midrange jump shots whenever Orlando ran pick-and-rolls for him, which hurt the team offensively.

Indiana Pacers

The Pacers can thank their second unit (Watson-Stephenson-Granger-Scola-Mahinmi) for winning them this game. Indiana’s reserves sparked an 18-1 run, spanning from the end of the third quarter and start of the fourth quarter, that turned a close game into a blowout. Granger was the ringleader, leading the Pacers in scoring with 16 points off the bench and — more importantly — looking healthy.

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