The Indiana Pacers couldn't play within 10 points at home of an Orlando Magic team that entered Bankers Life Fieldhouse on a six game road losing streak, eventually losing by _. While the Magic came in to tonight's game boasting back-to-back blowout wins at home, there was no excuse for tonight's performance for the Pacers, which more or less falls in line with where they're at as a team.
Orlando controlled the game inside, outscoring Indiana 56-44 in the paint, while using those high percentage looks to shoot a staggering 53.3%. Indiana had no answer for Evan Fournier (25 points on 10-14 shooting) and Nikola Vucevic (24 points on 12-15 shooting). The Pacers played again as if they were hoping they didn't have to beat a team and unlike the Chicago Bulls, who wanted nothing more than to lose, the Magic were ecstatic to take advantage of Indiana's lack of urgency, scoring 25 points off of 19 Indiana turnovers.
Paul George led Indiana with 27 points and five steals, but in a game where offense generally wasn't an issue, no one else stepped up tos core in bunches, with Monta Ellis (13 points) and Lavoy Allen (12 point, 11 rebound double double) the only other Pacers in double figures. C.J. Miles did score nine with three three pointers.
The Pacers may say otherwise, but their play tonight suggested they have no interest in playing beyond April 13. Fortunately for them, they may get eventually their wish as Chicago pulled out a late win in Houston, bringing them to within one game of Indiana in 8th. Too bad for the Pacers and everyone watching, they do have to play out the last seven games, which begins by trying not to embarrass themselves further against the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday.