It was a rough night for a beat up Orlando Magic team that prides itself on its toughness.
With All-Star center Dwight Howard out of the lineup and slew of injuries hobbling the remaining players on the roster, the Magic have to get by with heart, effort, grit and gumption.
However, the Indiana Pacers stole from the Orlando bag of tricks and out-worked Magic in the third quarter of Monday night’s game to cruise to a 93-78 win. The Pacers evened the series 1-1. Game 3 is set for 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Amway Center.
At least the Magic can say they didn’t have the worst night in the NBA. That honor goes to Amare Stoudemire, who punched a fire extinguisher in frustration after the New York Knicks’ not-so-surprising second consecutive loss to the Miami Heat Monday night. Stoudemire’s gashed his hand, was sent to the hospital for stitches and it seems unlikely he’ll return to the Knicks lineup during the remainder of the playoffs.
Stoudemire’s antics dominated the national spotlight Monday night and Tuesday morning, but here’s a closer look at extensive coverage of the Orlando Magic-Indiana Pacers series:
-- Magic GM will visit Dwight Howard in the Los Angeles area on Tuesday-- Indianapolis Star’s Bob Kravitz: Pacers rediscover how they earned No. 3 seed-- Indianapolis Star: NBA Playoffs 2012: Pacers thump Magic 93-78, even series-- Indianapolis Star: Pacers find a go-to player in David West-- Indianapolis Star Pacers notebook: Magic’s Glen Davis gives Roy Hibbert a challenge-- Indianapolis Star Blog: Huge third quarter blows the game open-- Indianapolis Star: Why don’t we give the Pacers more love?-- ESPN.com True Hoop: Pacers even the score with Magic