Pacers send Magic to 14th straight road loss
Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) – Anthony Johnson and Danny Granger scored
21 points apiece, as Indiana beat Orlando, 97-83, at Conseco Fieldhouse.
David Harrison and Peja Stojakovic both scored 14 points for the Pacers, who
have won two of their last three games. Jamaal Tinsley added 12 points and
Granger ended with 12 rebounds.
Dwight Howard posted 22 points and 11 rebounds for the Magic, who had a two-
game winning streak snapped, but have lost seven of nine. Carlos Arroyo scored
10 points, and Jameer Nelson added 10 assists.
It marked Orlando’s 14th straight road defeat. The Magic haven’t won outside
the TD Waterhouse Centre since January 26 by beating Philadelphia in overtime.
With the score deadlocked at 70, Indiana scored seven straight points, capped
by a Johnson jumper with 6:45 remaining to propel itself down the stretch.
Indiana gained a slight early advantage and led 24-23 heading into the second
The Pacers started the second stanza on a 10-0 spurt, capped by a Granger
jumper to give it a 34-23 lead with 9:40 left. The Pacers led 44-38 at
Granger scored nine straight Indiana points in the third quarter, as the
Pacers built a 66-60 lead.
Orlando closed its gap by two points during the third, but Indiana led 66-62
heading into the fourth.
Indiana will host Denver, Sacramento and Boston next on the current four-game
homestand. The Pacers snapped a two-game home losing streak, but have a 19-10
record as the host this season.
Orlando’s 14 straight road losses is one shy of matching the franchise record,
set during the inaugural 1989-90 season…Indiana won the first meeting of the
2005-06 season between these two teams with a 90-78 triumph in the season
opener for both squads on November 2…Indiana, which has won three of the
last four meetings against Orlando, will host the Magic again in the regular-
season finale on April 19…Orlando had a two-game winning streak at Indiana
snapped…Granger was 9-for-12 from the field.