INDIANAPOLIS -- Shut out of a hotel by the Super Bowl, the Orlando Magic had to fly in from Cincinnati on Saturday before the game.
It didn't produce much in the way of attractive basketball, though the Magic could have done worse. Their ugly win could have been an ugly loss.
"It's not a game day I've ever had before," Magic coach Stan Van Gundy said. "Our original plan was just to stay at home last night and fly in here the day of the game, which would have been a lot easier on us, but the NBA wouldn't allow that. So instead they made us do the double flight. It would have been easier the other way, but what was easier was not what the NBA was interested in."
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"This is one of the games where shots didn't fall," Hansbrough said. "I think the defense was pretty good and I'm not worried about my shooting. I think it will come."
Granger made a 3-pointer to make it 83-81, but Granger was called for a foul on the Magic's next trip down the floor and Anderson went to the line with 4.2 seconds left.
The Pacers had the chance to tie the game earlier. Granger scored to make it 80-77, then the Magic missed a shot and Granger missed a 3-pointer that would have tied the game.
On the rebound, Granger fouled Hedo Turkoglu and Turkoglu was then called for a technical when he tossed the ball down the floor and into the stands. Granger made his shot, but Turkoglu made one of his two to make it 81-78.
The Magic climbed to a 12-point lead midway through the third quarter, but nearly gave it all back.
"We have to talk on Monday," Van Gundy said. "We did some mentally dumb things and we have to change that."
A slight scuffle broke out late in the third quarter. Granger was getting ready to inbound the ball in front of the Magic's bench when Quentin Richardson, who was in the game at the time, appeared to confront Granger.
It escalated when Richardson shoved Granger and Hansbrough and Clark exchanged shoves. Technicals were called on Granger and Richardson, then a two more on Hansbrough and Clark.
Richardson was then ejected from the game after picking up a second technical
"Yeah, it was a really physical game," Howard said. "Both teams played hard end to end. It was a good battle with a good time."
The Magic played without Jameer Nelson for the fifth straight game. Nelson didn't travel with the team to Indianapolis and is listed day-to-day with concussion-like symptoms.
|Dwight Howard scores 27 points and grabs eight boards as the Magic squeak one out against a tough Pacer squad. (AP)|
|Orlando (15-9) «||23||16||23||23||85|
|ORL:D. Howard 27 Pts
ORL:H. Turkoglu 10 Reb
ORL:J. Richardson 5 Ast
|IND:D. Granger 19 Pts
IND:D. West 7 Reb
IND:P. George 5 Ast
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|D. Howard, C||41||10-16||7-10||8||1||4||27|
|R. Anderson, PF||39||3-6||5-5||7||1||4||12|
|C. Duhon, PG||38||1-5||0-0||4||5||0||3|
|H. Turkoglu, SF||33||2-11||5-7||10||4||3||9|
|J. Richardson, SG||31||7-16||0-0||6||5||0||17|
|J. Redick, SG||18||2-5||1-1||4||2||0||7|
|E. Clark, SF||16||1-5||0-0||3||1||4||2|
|Q. Richardson, SG||13||3-7||0-0||1||2||1||8|
|V. Wafer, SG||6||0-0||0-0||0||0||0||0|
|I. Smith, PG||6||0-1||0-0||0||0||1||0|
|J. Nelson, PG||Did Not Play|
|G. Davis, PF||Did Not Play|
|J. Harper, PF||Did Not Play|
|D. Liggins, SG||Did Not Play|
|D. Orton, C||Did Not Play|
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|D. Collison, PG||39||4-12||2-3||6||0||1||10|
|D. Granger, SF||38||4-16||9-9||7||2||2||19|
|P. George, SG||36||4-12||3-3||7||5||4||13|
|D. West, PF||29||2-7||0-0||7||0||4||4|
|R. Hibbert, C||28||5-11||0-0||5||0||5||10|
|T. Hansbrough, PF||20||6-13||5-6||7||1||2||17|
|L. Amundson, PF||19||3-7||0-0||2||0||3||6|
|D. Jones, SG||11||1-4||0-0||1||2||2||2|
|L. Stephenson, SG||11||0-0||0-0||1||1||0||0|
|A. Price, PG||9||0-3||0-0||2||1||0||0|
|J. Foster, C||Did Not Play|
|G. Hill, PG||Did Not Play|
|J. Pendergraph, PF||Did Not Play|
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