After a big win in front of his home crowd against the Celtics earlier in the week, Magicalstill at the Amway Center, he used the confidence gained from dominating through the fade Pacersfor whom the slump continues (eight defeats in the last nine games).
Always deprived Tyrese Haliburton For the seventh straight game, his absence also coincides with his team’s current poor run, Rick Carlisle’s squad was not really present during this meeting, especially after being accused of 17 points late in the first quarter, resulting in 29 points. points scored for 46 points missed.
In the form of a furious awakening on offense (39-27 in their favor), a successful second quarter reduced the Pacers’ lead to just 5 units and caused a little commotion when joining the locker room, but the locals, always very fair on offense (56% shooting, including from behind the arc all game 54%) and concentrated defensively, they continued to march forward with ease in the second half, then cruised fairly quietly through the rest of this match, en route to their 19th success of the season. The difference of only 6 points even in the final score does not completely represent the face of the match.
WHAT TO REMEMBER
– A poor first quarter for the Pacers and a fatal one in fact. The final margin was only 6 points (especially since the Magic relaxed so much in the final minutes), but it felt like the entire game that the Pacers were never really in a position to win. Especially the fault of the completely missed first quarter: 46-29 in favor of Orlando! Congested defensively from the start, facing a concentrated team and in good form lately, the Pacers managed to reduce their deficit before halftime by taking advantage of the possession for a good part of the second quarter, but impulse, but never left the natives’ camp. Having struggled in recent weeks, with 8 losses in their last 9 outings, the Pacers can no longer get past the start of the game.
– An increasingly interesting project in Orlando. We left the Magic team motivated and above all excited after Monday night’s big win against the NBA-leading Celtics, and we found it with the same feeling. Young and carefree, but above all exciting and likable, this young Magic squad really gave their fans another great show, especially with a very successful offensive score supported by a constant defensive effort. In fact, this second win of a big week so far for the Orlando franchise is the result of obvious and observable daily improvement. This team obviously still has flaws and a long way to go (especially considering the 17 turnovers), but the progress for a club in only its second year of real recovery is certainly remarkable, and the product on the field is often very exciting.
✅ The trio of Wagner-Banchero-Carter Jr. The Magic’s three frontcourt players were indeed the main architects of this good collective effort, with 54 points, 16 rebounds and 13 assists. All three are tall, long and damn athletic, they often attacked the rim (14-of-17 three-pointers) and hurt the Pacers’ rim, forcing Myles Turner to constantly be in a helper position near the rim. Their progress both individually and collectively as this team’s power trio is, in fact, emblematic of the progress of this Magic team more broadly.
✅ Gary Harris. Finally back to their best physical form, the Magic’s backcourt stabilizes a very young and athletic five with experience and foreign address. He effectively torpedoed the Pacers defense, while his young teammates shot in the paint: 6/6 behind the arc!
✅ Benedict Mathurin. Top scorer off the bench with 26 points on 7/18 shooting, talented teenager The Pacers did what they do best: put pressure on the opposing defense. Especially in the circle, as he went to the free throw line 12 times, for 10 converted shots. His title is in front of a single player who separates him Rookie of the YearCanadian Paolo Banchero sent a message.
✅ TJ McConnell. In the absence of Tyrese Haliburton, the veteran point guard, who logically mobilized five points and was very convincing in the interval, had a solid performance: 17 points on 8/8 shooting, 3 rebounds and 8 assists (but 4 turnovers). Physically and technically limited compared to his younger teammate, the former 76ers compensates with superior game science and extreme energy on both ends of the floor.
⛔️ Aaron Nesmith. Quite an anecdotal performance for a winger: just 1 interception and… 2 turnovers in 13 minutes. A bubble in all other statistical categories!
Magic (19-29): Travel to Miami, Friday to Saturday night (02:00).
Pacers (24-26): Pacers reception Friday through Saturday night (1:00 a.m.).