Pacers visit slumping Magic
Orlando, FL (Sports Network) – The Orlando Magic will try to put the brakes
on a six-game losing streak tonight, as they welcome the Central Division-
leading Indiana Pacers to TD Waterhouse Centre.
The Pacers lead the second-place Detroit Pistons by seven games in the
This will be the fourth and final meeting of the season between the two
squads. The teams split a pair of games at Conseco Fieldhouse, while the
Pacers beat the Magic, 89-78, on Nov. 24 at Orlando.
Indiana comes into tonight’s game on a two-game winning streak. On Wednesday,
Ron Artest had 20 points and eight rebounds to lead the Pacers to a 103-99 win
over the Dallas Mavericks at Conseco Fieldhouse.
Al Harrington scored 17 points and grabbed eight boards in the win for the
Pacers, who played without All-Star forward Jermaine O’Neal, who is sidelined
with a knee injury. O’Neal is also expected to miss tonight’s contest.
The Pacers are 14-5 in Friday games this season. Indiana is an impressive
24-12 on the road.
Orlando fell to the Miami Heat, 105-90, on Wednesday at TD Waterhouse Centre.
Drew Gooden paced Orlando with 23 points and seven rebounds. Tracy McGrady
netted 18 points for the Magic, who have lost six straight and eight of their
last nine games.
McGrady had missed the previous two contests because of personal reasons. The
All-Star was attending the funeral of his great grandmother.
Gooden has scored in double digits in three straight games. He has averaged 18
points and 6.3 rebounds in his last three contests.
The Magic are a brutal 10-25 at home this season.
The home team has won 10 of the last 15 meetings in this series. Indiana has
won four of six and seven of the last 10 contests. The Pacers have won two
straight and three of their last four at Orlando.