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Misfiring Magic routed

ORLANDO — In the first two games against the Magic, the Pacers struggled to make the most of their size and matchup advantages.

After repeated tongue lashings from coach Frank Vogel, the Pacers got the message and capitalized on both, running past the Magic 97-74 Wednesday night to take a 2-1 lead in the Eastern Conference first-round series.

Danny Granger had 26 points and nine rebounds, Roy Hibbert added 18 points and 10 rebounds, and Indiana held Orlando to fewer than 80 points for the second straight game.

The Pacers regained homecourt advantage after building a 29-point lead in the fourth quarter.

"They made their run at the end of the first quarter. We adjusted, then we tried to lay it on them as much as possible," Hibbert said.

Indiana dominated scoring underneath thanks to a 46-33 rebounding edge. It has outscored the Magic 81-43 in the third quarter in the series.

Vogel said the goal was to limit Orlando's 3-point attempts and thought that "holding that team to 15 3-point field goal (attempts) when they average 28 is a strong defensive effort."

Glen Davis led the Magic with 22 points, though Orlando struggled to get any scoring in the paint and made a series-low five 3-pointers.

Ryan Anderson was held to seven points has 23 total in the three games. "I'm not going to lie, it's frustrating as a group (and) in general to lose a game like this," he said.

Indiana had its way inside and out, shooting 47 percent (37-for-79) and holding a 42-22 edge on points in the paint.

Meanwhile, the Magic connected on only 30 of 71 shots from the field.

"That's three first quarters and three third quarters where it's been the same story," Magic coach Stan Van Gundy said. "So we'll take a look at that and see if we want to make some changes or something. We can't be playing out of a hole all the time."

INDIANA (97): Granger 9-16 3-3 26, West 2-9 0-0 4, Hibbert 8-10 2-3 18, Hill 5-9 4-4 15, George 3-8 6-7 12, Amundson 0-0 0-0 0, Barbosa 2-7 0-0 5, Collison 5-10 0-0 10, Hansbrough 1-2 0-3 2, Stephenson 2-4 0-0 5, Jones 0-1 0-0 0, Pendergraph 0-2 0-0 0, Price 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 37-79 15-20 97.

ORLANDO (74): Turkoglu 2-4 0-0 5, Anderson 2-6 2-3 7, Davis 10-18 2-4 22, Nelson 3-10 2-4 10, J.Richardson 2-8 1-3 5, Q.Richardson 1-5 0-0 2, Redick 6-12 0-0 13, Clark 1-2 0-0 2, Duhon 0-0 0-2 0, Wafer 3-5 0-0 6, Harper 0-1 0-0 0, Orton 0-0 2-2 2, Smith 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 30-71 9-18 74.

Indiana 23 21 32 21— 97

Orlando 14 24 17 19— 74

3-Point GoalsIndiana 8-20 (Granger 5-9, Stephenson 1-2, Barbosa 1-2, Hill 1-2, Collison 0-2, George 0-3), Orlando 5-15 (Nelson 2-6, Turkoglu 1-1, Anderson 1-3, Redick 1-3, J.Richardson 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsIndiana 50 (Hibbert 10), Orlando 47 (Q.Richardson 10). AssistsIndiana 16 (George 4), Orlando 14 (Nelson 5). Total FoulsIndiana 17, Orlando 18. A18,846.

Spurs squelch Jazz again

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — Tony Parker scored 18 and the Spurs had a 20-0 run to hand the Jazz its second-worst playoff loss in franchise history, 114-83 to take a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference first-round series.

The Jazz never quite greeted Parker with the hard fouls the All-Star was supposed to have coming. The only bigger embarrassment for the Jazz in the playoffs was a 42-point loss to the Bulls in the 1998 NBA Finals.

"We were aggressive, and we wanted to make sure we matched their energy," Parker said.

UTAH (83): Howard 3-9 4-5 10, Millsap 4-11 1-2 9, Jefferson 5-15 0-0 10, Harris 2-7 1-1 5, Hayward 3-10 2-2 8, Favors 3-9 3-3 9, Tinsley 1-6 2-2 4, Kanter 4-8 0-1 8, Burks 2-8 5-5 9, Carroll 2-3 0-0 4, Ahearn 2-3 0-0 5, Evans 0-1 2-2 2. Totals 31-90 20-23 83.

SAN ANTONIO (114): Leonard 6-7 2-2 17, Duncan 5-10 2-2 12, Diaw 5-6 0-0 11, Parker 6-10 6-6 18, Green 5-8 0-0 13, Ginobili 2-6 0-0 4, Bonner 0-1 0-0 0, Blair 5-8 0-0 10, Jackson 2-8 0-0 5, Neal 5-8 0-0 11, Mills 4-5 0-0 9, Anderson 2-5 0-0 4. Totals 47-82 10-10 114.

Utah 17 11 25 30— 83

San Antonio 28 25 34 27— 114

3-Point GoalsUtah 1-6 (Ahearn 1-1, Tinsley 0-1, Hayward 0-2, Harris 0-2), San Antonio 10-22 (Leonard 3-4, Green 3-5, Mills 1-1, Neal 1-2, Jackson 1-2, Diaw 1-2, Anderson 0-1, Bonner 0-1, Ginobili 0-4). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsUtah 50 (Kanter 10), San Antonio 47 (Duncan 13). AssistsUtah 16 (Hayward 4), San Antonio 28 (Parker 9). Total FoulsUtah 16, San Antonio 18. TechnicalsSan Antonio defensive three second. A18,581.

Late Tuesday: Lakers up

LOS ANGELES — Kobe Bryant scored 38, Andrew Bynum followed up his triple double with a career playoff-high 27 points and nine rebounds, and the Lakers weathered a Nuggets rally for a 104-100 victory late Tuesday, taking a 2-0 series lead.

Pau Gasol had 13 points, 10 rebounds and five assists for the Lakers, who haven't trailed in the series.

"It's tough to play against us, because there's legitimately three guys you have to double-team," said Bryant, who had his 83rd career 30-point playoff game, topped only by Michael Jordan (109).

DENVER (100): Gallinari 5-18 2-2 13, Faried 5-7 4-4 14, Koufos 1-2 0-0 2, Lawson 11-17 3-3 25, Afflalo 4-12 3-4 11, McGee 2-6 1-2 5, Harrington 4-13 0-0 11, Miller 0-4 0-0 0, Brewer 5-7 3-5 13, Mozgov 3-5 0-2 6. Totals 40-91 16-22 100.

L.A. LAKERS (104): Ebanks 2-7 0-2 4, Gasol 5-10 3-4 13, Bynum 12-20 3-4 27, Sessions 6-16 2-2 14, Bryant 15-29 6-7 38, Barnes 1-5 0-0 2, Blake 0-4 0-0 0, Hill 2-5 2-2 6. Totals 43-96 16-21 104.

Denver 25 23 26 26— 100

L.A. Lakers 32 23 26 23— 104

3-Point GoalsDenver 4-19 (Harrington 3-7, Gallinari 1-4, Lawson 0-3, Afflalo 0-5), L.A. Lakers 2-15 (Bryant 2-6, Barnes 0-3, Sessions 0-3, Blake 0-3). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsDenver 59 (Faried 10), L.A. Lakers 56 (Gasol, Hill 10). AssistsDenver 21 (Miller 8), L.A. Lakers 20 (Gasol 5). Total FoulsDenver 23, L.A. Lakers 20. TechnicalsGallinari. A18,997.

Stoudemire eyes Game 4: Knicks forward Amare Stoudemire believes there's a "great chance" he can play in Game 4 against Miami on Sunday despite cutting his left hand on a fire extinguisher case. Stoudemire will not play in Game 3 tonight after a surgeon repaired a muscle in the hand Tuesday. The Knicks are listing him as doubtful.

Stoudemire said fans may have the wrong perception about how the injury occurred. "I was more frustrated by the fact that we were down 0-2," he said, denying he was upset about his diminished role in the offense. "I wanted to make some noise and let out some frustration. Unfortunately I cut my hand by accident. I'll be back soon."

Defensive Honor: Center Tyson Chandler became the first Knicks player to be voted defensive player of the year (311 points, 45 first-place votes) by a panel of sports media, beating out the Thunder's Serge Ibaka (294 points, 41) and three-time defending champ Dwight Howard of Orlando (186, 18).

Misfiring Magic routed 05/03/12 [Last modified: Thursday, May 3, 2012 1:19am]

    

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