Indiana is the kind of team that can get under any opponent's skin. Even the typically cool and even-handed Jacque Vaughn.
The physical play and the lack of whistles finally got to the mild-mannered Vaughn. After referees called a double technical foul on Kyle O'Quinn and Roy Hibbert while they battled for a post-free throw rebound, Vaughn asked for an explanation. He did not get one and kept pressing. And so was Vaughn's first technical foul as a head coach.
It clearly riled the coach up as he hoped to find some spark for a Magic team stuck in the mud offensively. He picked up his second technical foul and was ejected from the game.
It was that kind of odd, frustrating game.
The Pacers were simply a better team in many, many ways. Tyler Hansbrough's boundless energy helped Indiana overcome its own shooting woes. The Pacers made their shots first and were better at executing their offense than the Magic.
In other words, Indiana looked like the second best team in the East and Orlando looked like the 14th as Indiana defeated Orlando 95-73 at Banker's Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis on Tuesday.
There really may not be more to say. The Pacers defense was crisp and in strong form going up against a Magic team struggling to get anything going offensively. Orlando shot 31.8 percent and 3 for 15 from beyond the arc. Shots were not going in.
The Magic had the right mindset though. They looked to attack the basket and challenge Roy Hibbert. Hibbert though was up to the challenge and changed numerous shots at the rim, even though he had just one block. Orlando were missing a variety of floaters and lay ins trying to get around the size inside.
As the shots did not fall, the frustration offensively grew it seemed. Indiana turned Orlando into a largely 1 on 1 team and Orlando could not crack the safe with any dribble penetration. The Magic had only 12 assists on 28 made field goals.no comments