Indiana at Orlando

Pietrus returns from injury, scores 27 as balanced Magic rout Pacers

CBSSports.com wire reports
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ORLANDO, Fla. -- Mickael Pietrus came back from his broken wrist as good as new.

He had 27 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Orlando Magic to a 135-111 victory Tuesday night against the Indiana Pacers.

Pietrus, who missed the previous 12 games with a broken right wrist, came off the bench to lead a well-balanced Magic attack. Seven players reached double figures in scoring, including Rashard Lewis with 24 points and Dwight Howard with 22.

"They are the best team in the East," Indiana's Danny Granger said. "Two words -- Dwight Howard -- explain it. He is the most dominant player since Shaquille O'Neal -- hands down."

The Magic used the return of Pietrus to strengthen their inside-outside attack that revolves around Howard and involves plenty of shooters on the perimeter. They reached their second-highest point total this season.

"I still have my shot. That didn't go anywhere," Pietrus said. "I didn't leave it at home. I came back aggressive and with plenty of energy. I was rested and ready to come back."

The Magic, who never trailed, snapped a two-game losing streak.

T.J. Ford, had 23 points for the Pacers and Granger, who came into the game averaging 26.1 points, had only 10.

The Magic hit 45 of 82 shots (54.9 percent) and 15 of 33 from 3-point range. It was the most 3-pointers against the Pacers this season.

With Howard dominating around the basket, the Magic held a 50-29 rebounding advantage. The Pacers, who came into the game ranked 28th in defense, offered little resistance defensively.

"They've got the whole package," Pacers coach Jim O'Brien said. "They have Howard in the middle and they are so long at the 3-point line."

Notes

  • Pietrus had missed 22 of the previous 27 games because of right thumb and right wrist injuries. Rookie Courtney Lee remained the starter at shooting guard.
  • The Pacers have lost nine of 14 games that have been decided by three points or fewer.
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Mickael Pietrus (27 points, 10 boards) makes a strong return from a broken wrist.  (Getty Images)
Mickael Pietrus (27 points, 10 boards) makes a strong return from a broken wrist. (Getty Images)

Scoreboard
Indiana (17-28) 18323724111
Orlando (34-10) «36323433135
IND:T. Ford 23 Pts
IND:T. Murphy 7 Reb
IND:M. Dunleavy 4 Ast
ORL:M. Pietrus 27 Pts
ORL:D. Howard 10 Reb
ORL:H. Turkoglu 8 Ast
Players of the Game
OrlandoIndiana

M. Pietrus

T. Ford
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
271042332
Indiana
M. Dunleavy, SG292-123-42429
D. Granger, SF284-140-022310
J. Jack, PG284-71-114110
T. Ford, PG269-125-532223
T. Murphy, C254-72-270313
M. Daniels, SG248-110-000016
T. Diener, PG223-50-05417
S. Graham, SF182-72-21346
R. Hibbert, C156-100-041312
J. Foster, C111-10-13022
B. Rush, SG81-10-00012
M. Baston, SF70-01-21121
R. Nesterovic, CDid Not Play
J. Tinsley, PGDid Not Play
J. McRoberts, PFDid Not Play
Totals 44-8714-17292124111
 50.6%82.4% 
Orlando
R. Lewis, SF339-132-344224
H. Turkoglu, SF324-101-248211
C. Lee, SG326-90-011214
D. Howard, C297-148-10100422
J. Nelson, PG244-72-238312
M. Pietrus, SF308-138-10104127
A. Johnson, PG243-52-264110
T. Battie, PF173-67-880213
B. Cook, PF50-20-02010
M. Gortat, PF50-10-01000
J. Redick, SG51-10-00002
K. Bogans, SG40-10-01000
A. Foyle, CDid Not Play
M. Wilks, PGDid Not Play
J. Richardson, SFDid Not Play
Totals 45-8230-37502918135
 54.9%81.1% 
Other Games
Sac 110 Final
Cle 117
Den 100 Final
Mem 85
SA 106 Final
Utah 100
Char 117 Final
LAL 110