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Danny Granger, Pacers pummel Magic, 98-79

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Lance Stephenson scored 15 points and notched 12 rebounds, his 15th double-double of the season, to lead the Indiana Pacers to a blowout victory over the Orlando Magic, 98-79. Indiana (37-10) has now won seven of their last 10 games.

Stephenson finished 5-11 from the field (1-3 on 3-pointers) and 4-5 from the free throw line. Despite the loss, Arron Afflalo put up 20 points for Orlando on 8-18 shooting, including 4-7 from behind the arc. Tobias Harris contributed 11 points and 6 rebounds.

As expected, the edge on the defensive glass went to the Pacers (81.2% DR%), who took advantage of the Magic 28th-ranked offensive rebounding (21.0% OR% on the season). Meanwhile, the Pacers rank first in the NBA at collecting defensive rebounds with a DR% of 77.4%. The Magic paired an eFG% of 44.0% alongside a substandard FTA rate of 12.0. They are 1-3 when they drop below 45% and 20.0 in those respective offensive factors this season. The Pacers, on the other hand, are undefeated (10-0) when holding their opponents under those marks.

This drops Orlando (13-37) to 0-2 against Indiana on the year.

Coming up, the Pacers battle the Atlanta Hawks, who are 25-21 on the season. The Magic match up against the Detroit Pistons, currently sitting at 19-28 this year. The Pacers are 0-1 versus Atlanta this season. The Magic are 1-1 versus Detroit this season.


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