On the night when Dwight Howard set the Orlando Magic franchise scoring record, it was defense that was the main storyline as Orlando defeated the Indiana Pacers 102-83. After giving up 29 first quarter points, the Magic ratcheted up the defensive intensity and held the Pacers to just 54 points through the final 36 minutes.
The turn around was spurred on with Dwight Howard on the bench in foul trouble and with Glen Big Baby Davis and the player formally known as #FreeEarlClark showing fight that had been absent for the previous 5 quarters of Magic basketball. Earl scored five 2nd quarter points and blocked two shots to allow the Magic to tie the game at the half after trailing by as many as ten points earlier in the game.
The Magic bench also played their collective best game of the season pouring in49 points for the game and led by J.J. Redick’s 15 and Big Baby’s 13 points. Ryan Anderson led the Magic in scoring for the game with 24 points.
More news and notes on Jameer Nelson, Earl Clark and my thoughts on Dwight Howard’s new record HERE.