Regular Season Series (Game 3 of 4)

Series starts 11/21

Game 1: Friday, November 21st
Game 2: Saturday, November 29th
Game 3: Tuesday, January 27th
Game 4: Friday, February 6th

Pacers 111

(17-28, 6-19 away)

Magic 135

(34-10, 17-4 home)

    Coverage: FSFLHD

    7:00 PM ET, January 27, 2009

    Amway Arena, Orlando, FL

    1 2 3 4 T
    IND 18 32 37 24111
    ORL 36 32 34 33135

    Top Performers

    Ind: T. Ford 23 Pts, 3 Reb, 2 Ast

    Orl: M. Pietrus 27 Pts, 10 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Pietrus scores 27 in return as Magic bury Pacers with 135 points

    Associated Press

    ORLANDO, Fla. -- Mickael Pietrus came back from his broken wrist as good as new.

    Fast Facts

    • The Magic reached 135 points for the second time this season.

    • Eight players scored in double figures for Orlando.

    • Dwight Howard had 22 points and 10 rebounds for the Magic. It was Howard's 10th straight game with a double-double and his 34th in 42 games this season.

    -- ESPN research

    He had 27 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Orlando Magic to a 135-111 victory Tuesday night over the Indiana Pacers.

    Pietrus, who missed the previous 12 games with a broken right wrist, came off the bench to lead a well-balanced Magic attack. Eight players reached double figures scoring, including Rashard Lewis with 24 points and Dwight Howard with 22.

    "They are the best team in the East," Indiana's Danny Granger said. "Two words -- Dwight Howard -- explain it. He is the most dominant player since Shaquille O'Neal -- hands down."

    The Magic used the return of Pietrus to strengthen their inside-outside attack that revolves around Howard and involves plenty of shooters on the perimeter. They reached their second-highest point total this season.

    "I still have my shot. That didn't go anywhere," Pietrus said. "I didn't leave it at home. I came back aggressive and with plenty of energy. I was rested and ready to come back."

    The Magic, who never trailed, snapped a two-game losing streak.

    T.J. Ford, had 23 points for the Pacers and Granger, who came into the game averaging 26.1 points, had only 10.

    The Magic hit 45 of 82 shots (54.9 percent) and 15 of 33 from 3-point range. It was the most 3-pointers against the Pacers this season.

    With Howard dominating around the basket, the Magic held a 50-29 rebound advantage. The Pacers, who came into the game ranked 28th in defense, offered little resistance defensively.

    "They've got the whole package," Pacers coach Jim O'Brien said. "They have Howard in the middle and they are so long at the 3-point line."

    Game notes

    Pietrus had missed 22 of the last 27 games because of right thumb and right wrist injuries. Rookie Courtney Lee remained the starter at shooting guard. ... The Pacers have lost nine of 14 games that have been decided by 3 points or less.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 111 135
    FGM-FGA 44-87 (.506) 45-82 (.549)
    3PM-3PA 9-24 (.375) 15-33 (.455)
    FTM-FTA 14-17 (.824) 30-37 (.811)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 4-29 10-50
    Assists 21 29
    Turnovers 15 16
    Steals 4 9
    Blocks 4 5
    Fast Break Points 30 17
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 24 (3/0) 18 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 0 29

    Top Performers

    T.J. Ford Ford
    Points: 23
    Reb: 3
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0
    Mickael Pietrus Pietrus
    Points: 27
    Reb: 10
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 1