Game 2 Recap – Indiana vs Orlando

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Game 2 Recap – Indiana vs Orlando

At half time, in Game 2, it looked like a deja vu for Indiana, who were behind 44-42 despite Orlando shooting just 32%. They stayed in the game with 12 offensive rebounds. Indiana went into the locker room facing the daunting prospect of travelling to Orlando behind 0-2 but they decided to do something about it and came out with a strong showing in the third quarter as they out-scored Magic 30-13 and never looked back, winning 93-78.

“No one liked the way we were playing,” Indiana forward Tyler Hansbrough said. “I didn’t think we were playing with energy or aggressive enough.”

“We just came out with a different type of energy,” Granger said. “We knew how important this game was. We couldn’t lose two games in a seven-game series on our home court. With that in hindsight, we went after it.”

They did go after it as they out hustled the exhausted Magic outfit and won the rebound count – 46-38, offensive rebound count – 15-13, the fast break points – 22-2 and points in the paint – 50-28.

David West continued his strong play with 18points and 11 rebounds while Granger and Hill both added 18 and George with 17. This showed the great spread they have on the offensive side which propelled them to the third seed, Their only concern would be that Davies won the battle against Hibbert again with Roy only scoring 4 points on a 2 for 5 night. This seems to show that Indiana are reluctant to give the ball to Hibbert with Big Baby pressuring him.

Surprisingly 5 players for Magic scored double digits but they know they need to do better than a 32% and 78 points scoring night. Big baby led the way with 18 points but on a 5 out of 16 conversion rate. While Redick added 13, Nelson 12, Anderson 11 and Turk 10 points. Magic will want J-Rich who scored 2 points on a quiet night to replicate his game 1 form once again.

Magic will go back home with the comfort of a 1-1 series and homecourt advantage but know that they need to execute better offensively against Indiana’s size. While Indiana will take confidence from this Game and bring homecourt back into their favour.

Orlando knows it still has control of the series because of the split.

“We tried to get two, got one,” Davis said. “We’re still in a good position. We just need to make sure that we play with a lot of energy and not let up.”

This series continues to be a riveting one!

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