Orlando at Indiana

Granger steps up in fourth to help Pacers edge short-handed Magic

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INDIANAPOLIS -- Danny Granger had been struggling -- at least by his lofty standards -- so he changed his approach.

The Indiana Pacers' All-Star forward lost his outside shooting touch while dealing with a sore right knee, and hadn't scored 30 or more points in nine games. Instead of settling for jumpers, he attacked the basket and carried his team to a 107-102 win over the Orlando Magic on Friday night.

He scored 33 points and went 12-for-12 from the free-throw line.

"I just switched my game up, tried to rely a little bit on driving because my shot was a little bit off, especially with the knee," he said. "Driving to the basket and getting to the line is easy points."

Granger shot just 9-for-21 from the field, but got hot late. He went 4-for-8 from the field and 4-for-4 from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter for 14 points. He said the knee wasn't a factor down the stretch.

"It was still sore, but thankfully, once my adrenaline got going, we kept icing it, and I kept putting it out of my mind, especially for that fourth quarter," Granger said. "We got through and we got the win."

T.J. Ford scored 21 points, and Troy Murphy added 20 for the Pacers, who avoided getting swept in the four-game season series.

Orlando's Dwight Howard had 21 points and 20 rebounds, but made just 5-of-12 free throws. Hedo Turkoglu had 20 points and 11 assists and J.J. Redick tied a season high with 17 points for the Magic.

While Granger dominated the fourth quarter, Howard struggled. He went 2-for-5 from the field and 4-for-8 from the free-throw line in the final period.

"We made some big stops defensively, especially on Dwight Howard," Granger said. "I think our bigs did a good job of stopping him and fouling him when they could."

Turkoglu said he thought the Magic took the Pacers lightly.

"They played last night, so we thought it was going to be a little easy, they're going to be tired," he said. "It's the NBA. You can't really go easy on anybody. They're athletes, too. They compete, they play hard, too. It's important that we learn from this."

Indiana made 28 of 31 free throws, while Orlando shot just 21-of-33. The Magic also made just 11 of 32 3-pointers.

It was Orlando's second game without All-Star point guard Jameer Nelson, who's out for the season with a dislocated right shoulder.

Indiana shot 52 percent in the first half to lead 61-51 at the break.

"We brought no defensive mentality, played no defense in the first half," coach Stan Van Gundy said. "It's a broken record. ... An awful effort tonight. I applaud them, they played well, but an awful effort on our part."

Turkoglu tied it at 87 on two free throws with 8:20 to go.

Indiana led 102-99 in the final minute, and Orlando had a chance to tie before Redick elbowed Indiana's Mike Dunleavy and was called for an offensive foul with 38.7 seconds left.

Ford dribbled at the top of the key to run the shot clock down, then drove and drew a foul from Orlando's Courtney Lee with 19 seconds left. Ford missed the first free throw, then made the second to make it 103-99.

Turkoglu missed a 3-pointer, and Dunleavy made two free throws at the other end with 12.4 seconds to play.

Rashard Lewis made a 3-pointer with 7.7 seconds left, then the Magic fouled Granger with 7.1 seconds left. Granger made both free throws to end Orlando's threat.

The Pacers now have wins over league powers Orlando, Boston, Phoenix, Detroit and the Los Angeles Lakers, but losses to struggling teams such as Minnesota, New York, Memphis, Golden State and the Los Angeles Clippers.

"I have yet to figure it out," Granger said. "I guess we might be a Dr. Jekyll-and-Mr. Hyde-type team. We just show two different teams on any given night, but if we can get consistent, we'll be OK."

Notes

  • Early in the first quarter, Howard missed a two-handed power dunk. Orlando got the long rebound and passed the ball back to Howard, who hammered down a one-handed jam.
  • Orlando forward Tony Battie made his first 3-pointer of the season with 1.4 seconds left in the first quarter to cut Indiana's lead to 32-29. It was his fifth attempt.
  • Howard was issued a technical foul with 1:06 left in the first half for arguing with officials.
  • PG Tyronn Lue, just acquired by the Magic in a trade, won't join the team until Sunday.
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All-Star Danny Granger tops the 30-point plateau for the 15th time this season.  (Getty Images)
All-Star Danny Granger tops the 30-point plateau for the 15th time this season. (Getty Images)

Scoreboard
Orlando (37-12) 29222328102
Indiana (20-31) «32291927107
ORL:D. Howard 21 Pts
ORL:D. Howard 20 Reb
ORL:H. Turkoglu 11 Ast
IND:D. Granger 33 Pts
IND:T. Murphy 8 Reb
IND:T. Ford 5 Ast
Players of the Game
IndianaOrlando

D. Granger

D. Howard
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
335121200
Orlando
D. Howard, C428-185-12200421
R. Lewis, SF386-150-141516
H. Turkoglu, SF376-167-8611420
M. Pietrus, SF301-60-27323
A. Johnson, PG282-43-46218
J. Redick, SG254-76-642217
C. Lee, SG254-70-01028
T. Battie, PF103-40-02037
B. Cook, PF51-30-00002
A. Foyle, CDid Not Play
T. Lue, PGDid Not Play
M. Wilks, PGDid Not Play
J. Nelson, PGDid Not Play
M. Gortat, PFDid Not Play
J. Richardson, SFDid Not Play
Totals 35-8021-33501923102
 43.8%63.6% 
Indiana
D. Granger, SF379-2112-1251233
M. Dunleavy, SG363-104-444211
T. Ford, PG368-174-615321
T. Murphy, C326-116-782520
J. Jack, PG294-90-081210
B. Rush, SG220-20-05010
R. Hibbert, C164-82-231610
J. Foster, C121-10-04062
T. Diener, PG120-10-00400
M. Baston, SF50-00-00000
S. Graham, SF20-00-00000
R. Nesterovic, CDid Not Play
J. Tinsley, PGDid Not Play
M. Daniels, SGDid Not Play
J. McRoberts, PFDid Not Play
Totals 35-8028-31381827107
 43.8%90.3% 
Other Games
Atl 102 Final
Char 97
Bos 110 Final
NY 100
Tor 92 Final
NO 101
Den 124 Final
Wash 103
LAC 126 Final
Mem 105
Port 93 Final
OKC 102
Utah 111 Final
Sac 107
GS 105 Final
Pho 115