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« on: December 07, 2007, 08:56:02 pm »
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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) --
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The Orlando Magic have been the best road team in the NBA this season, but the Indiana Pacers might be headed in that direction.

Danny Granger poured in a season-high 27 points and the Pacers rallied from a 15-point second half deficit to beat Orlando 115-109 on Friday night.

It was Indiana's fifth win in its last six road games, including four against Western Conference opponents. The Pacers put seven players in double figures, including 20 from Jamaal Tinsley, 15 from Jermaine O'Neal and 13 from reserve guard Marquis Daniels.

"Winning on the road is the first step toward being a good team in this league," Granger said. "And rallying from 15 points against a team like Orlando is a really good sign. We didn't do anything fancy. We just stayed with it, forced them into turnovers and hit some shots."

Tinsley directed the comeback, scoring 14 of his 20 points and handing six of his 10 assists in the second half. He scored seven straight points and had two assists during a 14-1 run in the middle of the fourth quarter that put Indiana in control.

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"Jamaal is making big plays on a pretty regular basis," Indiana coach Jim O'Brien said. "He pretty much orchestrated the whole thing. He knew exactly what we wanted down the stretch and did a great job of getting guys to the right spot to make plays."

The Magic, playing at home for the first time after winning four of five games on a West Coast trip, lived and died behind the 3-point line. Orlando hit seven of 17 treys in taking a 62-54 halftime lead, but only 5-of-18 during a forgettable second-half collapse.

The Magic also turned it over 23 times and allowed the Pacers to shoot 48.8 percent in the second half. Dwight Howard led Orlando with 30 points and 15 rebounds and Rashard Lewis contributed 24 points, but neither could stop the bleeding.

"Our shooting was bad in the second half, but we lost the game at the defensive end of the floor," Magic coach Stan Van Gundy said. "We were awful defensively. We got totally outplayed.

"These are some of the same problems we had on the (West Coast) trip, but we shot our way out of it. Tonight, we couldn't shoot our way out of it."
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« Reply #1 on: December 07, 2007, 09:31:56 pm »
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how in the heck did we win this game?
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« Reply #2 on: December 08, 2007, 04:21:00 am »
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Quote from: "Pacers Fan Forever"
how in the heck did we win this game?

the magic are tough...but the ball is round..its anybody's game...besides Granger has been awesome.. the pacers beat the mavs also..
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« Reply #3 on: December 08, 2007, 05:31:13 am »
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This may be long overdue, but I'm surprised that Jim O'Brien made such a difference. I thought the Pacers were going downhill after last season trade for Dunleavy and Murphy and JO's health problems...but hey, you've got Tinsley playing his best ball, Mike Dunleavy having his best season thus far and Danny Granger becoming even better than most expected.
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« Reply #4 on: December 08, 2007, 08:41:28 am »
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i think its more that where deeper than people realise, we may not have big star power starting but we have +25 minute players 11 deep.

Tinsley -- Daniels
Granger -- Rush
Dunleavy -- SWilliams
Oneal -- Diogu
Foster -- Murphy -- Harrison
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« Reply #5 on: December 08, 2007, 08:58:43 am »
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I thought the Pacers would be the 3rd worst in the league and BBall Unit had them as the worst. Good depth I guess.
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« Reply #6 on: December 08, 2007, 03:23:40 pm »
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Obrien is the perfect coach for this team.  His system relies on movement not superstars playing one-on-one.  

Last night was a great example.  There was a key moment when the Pacers weren't playing real well and turned it over at the offensive end.  Magic come down and Dunleavey tips a pass, then dives ofter the loose ball, and push up to a team mate.  We end up with a clear 3-pointer and bury it.

The next thing you know, every Pacer is diving after balls, making passes, playing in your face defense.  It was fun to watch.  Orlando found themselves trying to nail contested 3's with no time on the shot clock.  

I also have to give props to Oneal.  Last year he would have demanded the ball to man up with Howard.  He was very good with 15, and helping move the ball.  7 Pacers in Double figures, 45% from the floor, 55% behind the arc, and 29 team assists, is a hard team for anyone to beat.
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« Reply #7 on: December 08, 2007, 06:40:18 pm »
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I thought the Pacers would be the 3rd worst in the league and BBall Unit had them as the worst. Good depth I guess.

nah i said that coz i didnt want to jynx them.
i had them 6th on the standings guesse.
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