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Without 3-pointers, offense has nothing

The Sports Xchange

A team that lived all season -- the past few seasons actually -- by the 3-point shot is dying by it now.

The Magic offense looks broken.

The Indiana Pacers took a 2-1 lead in this best-of-seven Eastern Conference playoff series Wednesday night by shutting down the Magic's 3-point attack, something that's not too hard to do without center Dwight Howard in the middle.

It was the Pacers 97-74 in a lopsided game that was marked by another woeful third-quarter drop-off by the Magic.

The Magic led the NBA this season in 3-pointers made (10.1 per game) and attempted (27.1). They hit just 5-of-15 in the Game 3 loss. They made only 8-of-25 in Monday's Game 2 loss.

They return to action Saturday afternoon for Game 4, desperate to find a way to negate what the Pacers have done to them.

"I think they're just making us shoot a lot of 2's," said Magic guard J.J. Redick. "They are staying close to home on the shooters, so we're going to have to figure out how to create some shots. Obviously, it's a big part of our game."

Glen Davis led the Magic with 22 points -- scoring 16 points in the second period -- but like everyone else with the Magic, he failed to sustain any momentum. The Pacers just dominated the second half.

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