The Indiana Pacers ended the Orlando Magic’s season with a very decisive 105-87 victory. The Pacers returned home with the 3-1 lead and the home court advantage. The game was well contested through three quarters. The Magic had an answer for everything the Pacers threw at them. All that changed in the fourth quarter when the Pacers dug deep and ignited their killer instinct. Danny Granger came alive, as well as the entire Indiana team. The Pacers erupted for 36 fourth quarter points, outscoring the Magic by 20, en route to the 18 point victory.
Indiana was able to pull ahead because of their volume scoring from multiple sources. Five players were in double figures. Danny Granger was on fire from 3-point range and backup point guard Darren Collison added 19 points and six assists off the bench, including 15 points in the fourth quarter. Orlando’s Jameer Nelson was no match for Collison and his productivity was depleted. Indiana’s pace was fluid and their execution was solid. The Pacers’ defense was good, limiting Orlando to 16 fourth quarter points. Orlando tried to hang around behind Jameer Nelson’s 27 points but ultimately crumbled in the end.
This has historical context for Indiana because this is their first playoff series win since 2005. This was Danny Granger’s first ever playoff series win. Now he and his Pacers must prove themselves in Round 2 against the eventual winner of the Miami-New York series, with the obvious assumption being the Miami Heat.
IND: Darren Collison – 19 points (15 points on 7-7 shooting in the fourth quarter), 6 Assists, 3 Steals
ORL: Jameer Nelson – 27 points (5-8 from 3 point), 5 Assists, 2 Steals