Regular Season Series (Game 3 of 4)

Series starts 11/24

Game 1: Monday, November 24th
Game 2: Wednesday, December 17th
Game 3: Tuesday, January 6th
Game 4: Friday, March 26th

Magic 107

(8-27, 5-14 away)

Pacers 114

(27-10, 14-4 home)

    Coverage: FSMW

    7:00 PM ET, January 6, 2004

    Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN

    1 2 3 4 T
    ORL 18 35 28 26107
    IND 33 36 25 20114

    Top Performers

    Orl: T. McGrady 43 Pts, 4 Ast, 2 Stl, 2 Blk

    Ind: J. O'Neal 25 Pts, 9 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Stl, 4 Blk

    Pacers win sixth in a row

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Jermaine O'Neal had 25 points, nine rebounds and four blocks to help the Indiana Pacers overcome a 43-point performance by Tracy McGrady in a 114-107 victory over the Orlando Magic on Tuesday night.

    McGrady made eight 3-pointers and shot 14-of-27, but he didn't have the support O'Neal had for Indiana. O'Neal was one of six Pacers in double figures as they won their sixth in a row.

    The 114 points were a season high for the Eastern Conference-leading Pacers, who also got a little payback for an embarrassing home loss to the Magic on Dec. 17, 2003.

    The difference? McGrady was one of five Magic players in double figures that night, but he was Orlando's primary offensive threat Tuesday.

    McGrady dominated the opening minutes of the second quarter, scoring 15 of Orlando's first 17 points, including 13 in a row.

    After McGrady's free throws with seven minutes to play brought the Magic within six, 43-37, the Pacers responded with runs of 17-6 and 8-0 that pushed their lead to 18.

    It was more of the same in the third quarter. McGrady scored Orlando's first 12 points to pull the Magic back within six. He went scoreless for the final seven minutes of the period, however, and the Pacers took a 94-81 lead into the fourth.

    The Magic got as close as seven in the final period on Rod Strickland's layup with 7:38 to play.

    Ron Artest, who scored 23 points, helped hold them off with seven points down the stretch, including a fast-break dunk that made it 114-103 with less than a minute to play.

    O'Neal played much of the game with a sore left ankle. He rolled it on Juwan Howard's foot in the second quarter and had to go to the locker room to get it taped.

    He scored 10 points in the first quarter to help Indiana build a 33-18 lead.

    The game seemed out of place for the sluggish, defensive-minded Eastern Conference. Orlando scored 33 fast-break points, and both teams shot 50 percent from the field.

    Al Harrington had 19 points, Jamaal Tinsley had 16, including four 3-pointers, Reggie Miller scored 11 and Jeff Foster added 10 points and 11 rebounds for Indiana.

    Howard had 19 points for Orlando, which lost its fifth in a row.

    Game notes

    Pacers G Anthony Johnson played 14 minutes off the bench after missing four games with an abdominal strain. ... Orlando coach Johnny Davis got a technical foul with 4:42 to play in the second quarter for arguing. ... Indiana's 69 first-half points were a season high for points in a half. ... Indianapolis Colts kicker Mike Vanderjagt sat courtside at the game and obliged a long line of autograph seekers at halftime.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 107 114
    FGM-FGA 40-80 (.500) 44-87 (.506)
    3PM-3PA 12-19 (.632) 7-12 (.583)
    FTM-FTA 15-19 (.789) 19-25 (.760)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 13-35 16-42
    Assists 29 25
    Turnovers 15 11
    Steals 6 9
    Blocks 7 5
    Fast Break Points 11 6
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 21 (2/0) 14 (1/0)

    Top Performers

    Tracy McGrady McGrady
    Points: 43
    Reb: 0
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 2
    Jermaine O'Neal O'Neal
    Points: 25
    Reb: 9
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 4