After first half struggles on defense, the Indiana Pacers locked in, staging a come from behind victory to down the Orlando Magic 97-92. The Pacers allowed 31 second quarter points, falling behind by as many as 15, but allowed just 37 in the second half to stage their second straight preseason victory.
The Pacers were led on the night by Glenn Robinson III and C.J. Miles, who each scored 14, but struggles shooting the ball dominated the story from their main shooters. Even Miles needed 17 shots to reach his 14 points, including 2-9 from three point range. The Pacers on the night were woeful from behind the arc, shooting just 7-29, including a 1-8 effort from Paul George, who followed up scorching opening pair of games with 4-14 shooting for 13 points. George did improve on the rebounding end, grabbing seven.
Robinson, however, was the clear outlier to Indiana's shooting struggles, scoring his 14 on 3-5 shooting, including three three pointers and 5-6 from the line. Monta Ellis led the Pacers from the line with 6-7 for his 12 points, picking up seven assists to lead Indiana on a night George Hill sat out. Ian Mahinmi did miss his two attempts from the line, but was 4-4 from the floor, grabbing nine boards for an eight point, nine rebound, three block night.
Off the bench, Jordan Hill impressed with 10 points, seven rebounds, and three blocks, putting forth the best effort from the second unit. Hill made his biggest effort in the paint, getting four of his five shots inside, as opposed to relying on his jumper to build his success. Myles Turner continues to adjust to the pro game with six points and a pair of blocks, with Joe Young coming through with nine points (but just 2-7 shooting) and four assists.
After a flurry of games, the Pacers will take five days to continue ironing out their positives and negatives as they will next tip off Tuesday night against the Detroit Pistons, this time at home.