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Roy Hibbert set the tone defensively. Paul George set it offensively. And everything else seemed to spin off the momentum from those two players.
The Magic erased a 12-0 deficit to start the game and hung tough with the Pacers by attacking the basket -- sometimes with reckless abandon -- and forcing turnovers. It was miscues and immaturity though that ended up costing the Magic a chance to make a pretty large statement on opening night.
The Pacers turned a one-point game to a five-point one in the final six seconds of the third quarter. The Magic were called for a delay of game after touching the ball following a made basketball. After Lance Stephenson made the free throw, Paul George drained a heavily contested 3-pointer. Orlando lost its momentum and Indiana's bench awoke to build an 18-point lead and lead Indiana to a 97-87 win at Banker's Life Fieldhouse on Tuesday.
For a young team like Orlando, those little moments can be pretty critical. Even the usually composed Jacque Vaughn addressed the sequence and his disagreement with the call after the game. It was very much in the past, and this was one punch the Magic could not roll with.
Really, it was quite a miracle the Magic were in the game.
Roy Hibbert set the tone early on with 12 rebounds in the first quarter and helping propel the Pacers to a 12-0 start. Orlando's offense really struggled to get much going without the opportunity to get out into the open court and struggled even more collecting an offensive rebound.
Once the Magic settled down, the team began playing a solid brand of basketball.no comments