The Pacers weren't taking any chances on the road, they never let off the gas to drop the Magic by double digits in Orlando 97-74. The Blue and Gold took an early 11 point advantage in the first quarter and never gave up the lead, even as Glen Davis started to get hot, scoring 16 of his team-high 22 points in the second quarter.
"We want to have him shoot jump shots and we'll take it. We just don't want the other guys to get hot from behind the 3-point line," said Paul George who finished with 18 points and 7 rebounds.
Pacers center Roy Hibbert also had his best offensive performance of the playoffs, reaching double digits for the first time in the series. Hibbert finished with a double double, scoring 18 points as he took advantage of a mismatch in the 3rd quarter with Ryan Anderson guarding him.
"I think it's because David West has been doing so much work in the post and it allowed them to switch on to me. I just wanted to be aggressive," said Hibbert.
Danny Granger scored a quiet 26 points to lead the Pacers. The dominating victory makes it seem like the Magic's game one victory over the Pacers in Indianapolis was even more of a fluke. The Pacers have topped the Magic by double figures in the past two games, Wednesday's 23 point margin of victory by far the largest of the series.
"I think they're a great basketball team. They play extremely hard. Every time we drove to the paint tonight we were met by a swarm of defenders. Our guys are really dialed in but it's still a challenge and we have a lot of work to do," said Pacers head coach Frank Vogel.
With the win on Wednesday night the Pacers take a 2-1 series lead over the Magic. The Pacers have the day off tomorrow before getting back on the practice court on Friday to prepare for game four in Orlando. If the Pacers can have a repeat performance over the weekend they could take win series at home on Tuesday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.