Pacers use dominant second half to take 2-1 series leadMay 3, 2012 - 2:49 AM Orlando, FL (Sports Network) - Danny Granger scored 26 points, Roy Hibbert had 18 and the Indiana Pacers ran away in the second half for a 97-74 win over the Orlando Magic in Game 3 of their first-round playoff series.
The Pacers outscored the Magic 32-17 in the third quarter and 53-36 in the second half to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series. Game 4 is Saturday in Orlando.
Glen Davis scored 16 of his 22 points for Orlando in the second quarter, J.J. Redick had 13 points off the bench and Jameer Nelson added 10.
The Pacers pulled away in the third quarter behind 12 points from Hibbert and better than 52 percent shooting from the field.
Hibbert and Granger led a 15-3 run that turned a nine-point Indiana lead into a 21-point bulge in about four minutes. Hibbert had six points during the run and Granger scored seven, including five in a row to make it 72-51.
The third-seeded Pacers took a 76-55 lead into the fourth quarter after being up just six at halftime and led by as many as 29.
"I think our starters are just really dialed in," said Indiana coach Frank Vogel, whose team out-rebounded the Magic 46-33, with Hibbert getting 10 and Granger nine. "They have played extremely well together."
Vogel said his team wouldn't look too far ahead after an easy win, especially since the Pacers lost three of four to the Magic in the regular season series.
"I think it's always a concern, but [we] understand how dangerous this team is," said Vogel.
George Hill added 15 points in the win, Paul George scored 12 and Darren Collison had 10 off the bench.
Hill and Granger combined to scored 17 points in the first quarter and the Pacers shot better than 62 percent for a 23-14 lead. The Magic trailed by 11 just six minutes in after a Granger three-pointer.
"We didn't play well at either end of the floor," said Magic coach Stan Van Gundy. "It was a very, very tough day. They clearly dominated us."
Davis had 16 points on 7-of-10 shooting in the second quarter for the Magic, including four in a row to spark a quick 6-0 burst that cut their deficit from nine to three in a minute and a half.
It got as close as two on a Davis jumper later in the quarter, but the Pacers scored six of the last eight points of the half to take a 44-38 lead into the break.
The Pacers were 8-for-20 from three-point range and shot 46.8 percent from the field overall...The Magic shot 42.3 percent and turned the ball over 17 times leading to 27 Indiana points.
- INDIANA: 97
May 2 9:56 PM
- INDIANA: 76
End of 3rd
May 2 9:23 PM
- INDIANA: 44
May 2 8:36 PM
- INDIANA: 23
End of 1st
May 2 8:05 PM
- INDIANA: 0
1st Quarter - 12:00
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