Magic vs Pacers: Game One
Final score: 81-77 Magic win (Magic lead 1-0)
Well the Magic achieved what many thought was impossible as the Magic took down the Pacers despite Dwight Howard’s absence. Roy Hibbert dominated the pain defensively in Dwight’s absence as he recorded 13 rebounds and 9 blocks to clog up the paint. But he was not able to have a great enough offensive impact as he only scored 8 points. David West on the other hand took full advantage of the situation as he had 19 points.
The Magic scored the last 12 points of the game to achieve the difficult task. Danny Granger fumbled his way through the final quarter as he struggled down the stretch. Jason Richardson on the other hand knocked down a pair of clutch triples to help seal the game for the Magic.
” Even in games we haven’t played well, I think our guys never quit fighting. Our goal is to hang in there.”
— Orlando head coach Stan Van Gundy.
Glen Davis played big in Howard’s absence, scoring 16 points and pulling down 13 rebounds despite being blocked 6 times throughout the game. Jameer Nelson also had a near double double with 17 points and 9 assists as the Magic got the win they needed to be competitive in the series.