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[ORLANDO] — The Orlando Magic played host to the Indiana Pacers last night but don't think that the home cooking gave them any sort of advantage. The 112-127 loss has the Magic and their fans cringing as they brace for their next opportunity to redeem themselves. The loss bumps Orlando's record down to 28-52 on the season, while the victory gives Indiana a 40-40 total on the year. Though the loss stings nonetheless, Magic fans can take solace in the fact that the club's offensive output was above and beyond what the team has displayed so far this season. It may not help come playoff time, but there are worse things than being outplayed by a solid opponent.

On this night it was Paul George leading the show from a statistical perspective. His 37 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists, 0 blocks and 0 steals in 40 minutes topped all players in terms of general production. Most importantly, the Pacers managed to prevail where it mattered most and will happily add another victory to their season total. So long as George keeps producing at this rate and Indiana keeps winning ball games, everybody - from fantasy owners to the team coaching and executive staff - will be more than satisfied.

Though Orlando didn't end up getting it done when it mattered most, Jeff Teague did walk away with the small consolation of an attractive 9 points, 4 rebounds and 13 assists. Whether another bright individual performance can help them get the result they want on the scoreboard next time, however, remains to be seen.

From a personal standpoint, Terrence Ross made his presence felt from beyond the arc, toying with defenders all night long and connecting on an impressive 6 bombs. Putting a stop to any NBA calibre talent is no easy task, but even more so when they're red-hot from beyond three-point range.

It's game like this where it's clear that they can't all be victories. Though the Magic would come out of this one empty handed they can rest assured that they did their jobs on the defensive end. Should Orlando maintain their defensive fortitude, it's likely that they'll find their way back into the win column soon enough.

The loss hurts for the homeside but they'll get their opportunity to regain ground in a pending matchup with the Chicago Bulls. The Pacers, meanwhile, will set their sights on a run-in with the Philadelphia 76ers.

Magic Stats

Roster P R A B S M
N. Vucevic81051331
T. Ross29420236
A. Gordon17431237
E. Fournier23220037
E. Payton103100133
B. Biyombo7410117
J. Meeks8310014
C. Watson1230113
M. Hezonja9110017
D. Rudez001001
P. Garino000001
M. Georges-Hunt000001

Pacers Stats

Roster P R A B S M
P. George37760040
J. Teague94130331
M. Turner231012030
T. Young14422131
L. Stephenson8631022
C. Miles11300120
K. Seraphin11410018
L. Allen740005
M. Ellis5150125
A. Brooks0140017
J. Young210001
R. Christmas000001
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1.42 FPPM


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