ORLANDO, Fla. -- Mickael Pietrus came back from his broken wrist as good as new.
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."
|Mickael Pietrus (27 points, 10 boards) makes a strong return from a broken wrist. (Getty Images)|
|Orlando (34-10) «||36||32||34||33||135|
|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|
Orlando Magic Black Vibe Full Zip Track Jacket
$79.95 Shop Now!
|M. Dunleavy, SG||29||2-12||3-4||2||4||2||9|
|D. Granger, SF||28||4-14||0-0||2||2||3||10|
|J. Jack, PG||28||4-7||1-1||1||4||1||10|
|T. Ford, PG||26||9-12||5-5||3||2||2||23|
|T. Murphy, C||25||4-7||2-2||7||0||3||13|
|M. Daniels, SG||24||8-11||0-0||0||0||0||16|
|T. Diener, PG||22||3-5||0-0||5||4||1||7|
|S. Graham, SF||18||2-7||2-2||1||3||4||6|
|R. Hibbert, C||15||6-10||0-0||4||1||3||12|
|J. Foster, C||11||1-1||0-1||3||0||2||2|
|B. Rush, SG||8||1-1||0-0||0||0||1||2|
|M. Baston, SF||7||0-0||1-2||1||1||2||1|
|R. Nesterovic, C||Did Not Play|
|J. Tinsley, PG||Did Not Play|
|J. McRoberts, PF||Did Not Play|
|Complete Box Score|
|R. Lewis, SF||33||9-13||2-3||4||4||2||24|
|H. Turkoglu, SF||32||4-10||1-2||4||8||2||11|
|C. Lee, SG||32||6-9||0-0||1||1||2||14|
|D. Howard, C||29||7-14||8-10||10||0||4||22|
|J. Nelson, PG||24||4-7||2-2||3||8||3||12|
|M. Pietrus, SF||30||8-13||8-10||10||4||1||27|
|A. Johnson, PG||24||3-5||2-2||6||4||1||10|
|T. Battie, PF||17||3-6||7-8||8||0||2||13|
|B. Cook, PF||5||0-2||0-0||2||0||1||0|
|M. Gortat, PF||5||0-1||0-0||1||0||0||0|
|J. Redick, SG||5||1-1||0-0||0||0||0||2|
|K. Bogans, SG||4||0-1||0-0||1||0||0||0|
|A. Foyle, C||Did Not Play|
|M. Wilks, PG||Did Not Play|
|J. Richardson, SF||Did Not Play|
|Complete Box Score|