The Indiana Pacers are on a roll. After falling behind 0-1 in their first round series against the Orlando Magic, the Pacers won two straight and ran past the Magic 97-74 on Wednesday night to take a 2-1 lead in the opening round.
Danny Granger had 26 points and nine rebounds, Roy Hibbert added 18 points and 10 rebounds, and George Hill scored 15 points as Indiana held Orlando under 80 points for the second straight game.
The Pacers regained home-court advantage, building a 29-point lead in the fourth quarter and cruising to the victory.
"I think we're adjusting," Hibbert said. "We see what they're doing. ... They made their run at the end of the first quarter. We adjusted, then we tried to lay it on them as much as possible."
Indiana dominated scoring underneath thanks to a 46-33 rebounding edge.
Glen Davis led the Magic with 22 points, and J.J. Redick added 13. The Magic never led, struggled to get any scoring in the paint, and made a series-low five 3-pointers.
One of the biggest disappoints in the series continues to be the play of Ryan Anderson, who was held to seven points and one 3-pointer. He has scored 23 points total in the three games.
"I'm not going to lie, it's frustrating as a group (and) in general to lose a game like this," he said. "But obviously we can bounce back and player harder next game. The great thing about this is we have another game, so keep playing."
Game 4 is Saturday in Orlando.
Meanwhile, after a stunning loss in their series opener against the Los Angeles Clippers, the Memphis Grizzlies bounced back beating the Clippers 105-98, and even the series at 1-1.
Rudy Gay scored 21 points as Memphis showed off their depth with six players reaching double figures. Mike Conley had 19, Zach Randolph 15, Marreese Speights 11 and Tony Allen added 10 points.
Chris Paul led the Clippers with 29 points. Blake Griffin had 22, and Mo Williams and Nick Young scored 11 points apiece.
The Grizzlies had the lead going into the fourth quarter for a second straight game. This time, the Clippers got no closer than four.
Memphis led 75-69 at the start of this fourth quarter, and Paul's four-point play with 8:06 left got the Clippers to 83-79. The Grizzlies answered with Conley scoring on a driving layup, followed by 3-pointer from O.J. Mayo. Bobby Simmons, starting with Caron Butler out with a broken left hand, scored seven of his nine points in the fourth.
It wasn't enough as Gay and Randolph combined to score six straight points with Gay's basket giving Memphis their biggest lead of the night at 97-84 with 3:52 remaining. The Grizzlies sealed the victory by hitting 6-of-10 free throws in the final 47.6 seconds.
Game 3 is Saturday in Los Angeles.
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