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Pacers 101 Magic 99: Pacers fail to give game away despite best efforts

May 5, 2012, 7:29 PM EDT

Well, they almost blew it. Twice.

The Indiana Pacers held on to win Game 4 in Orlando and go up 3-1 on the Magic headed back to Indiana. The Pacers held a double-digit lead in the fourth quarter, but a furious run by the Magic tied it behind some brilliant play at the rim by Glen Davis. But in the end, the Pacers just had too much and held on for the victory.

The Pacers have a lot to be worried about. They’ll likely finish off the Dwight-less Magic at home in Game 5. But this was yet another game where they couldn’t put away a team without any legit offensive weapons, relying on Glen Davis and Hedo Turkoglu. The Magic made smart plays, they made the right plays, they gave great effort, and in the end were a missed Glen Davis fadeaway (yes, that’s what SVG drew up out of a timeout) from tying the series up. But they weren’t. They shouldn’t have been that close, though.

Getting it done is getting it done, though, and there were some positive signs for the

  1. xli2006 - May 5, 2012 at 8:13 PM

    Wow… One of your only Pacers-centric articles PBT has written all year and tou managed to trash them despite winning to take 3-1 lead.

    If you actually watched the game you’d realize the Magic had some “help” in their comeback. The Pacers went into to coast mode and let the Magic eat into the large lead, but you at least have to givr Indiana credit for maintaining composure and taking OT win ON THE ROAD.

    Go back to just not writing anything about the Pacers if this is the only approach you take toward “covering” this team.

    • Deathmask - May 5, 2012 at 8:34 PM

      Why are Pacers fans so angry all the time? I’m seriously wondering. Every Pacers fan I encounter seems to have this sense of resentment towards the lack of media coverage the team gets, and an odd sense of entitlement, believing that their team is the best.

    • jjordannba - May 5, 2012 at 8:50 PM

      Congratulations xli2006 they managed to take a 3-1 lead, It’s the Dwight Howard-less, Glen Davis led Magic. Nothing to see here

  2. xli2006 - May 5, 2012 at 9:09 PM

    I don’t care who they played or if Howard is out… PBT has been sleeping on the Pacers all year long.

  3. mungman69 - May 5, 2012 at 9:31 PM

    Matt Moore has been sleeping all year.

  4. scalfor3 - May 6, 2012 at 1:13 AM

    nice to see big baby actually showed up to the playoffs this year

  5. ezmagic - May 6, 2012 at 1:44 AM

    I hate to blame the refs but Davis got fouled twice in OT and should of both been and 1’s. But no whistle either time. Then jameer ties up the ball for 2-3 seconds but a foul is called from “violet” the ref when she didn’t even had a clear look at jameers arm.
    All series hibbert has got body before each block but no call. I think he has 2 clean blocks all series.
    Not saying this caused the magic to lose because the magic had chances to win on other plays. Just saying all these refs are terrible and it seems the league is still bias against the magic for destroying the Kobe vs lebron finals in ’09.

    • jjordannba - May 6, 2012 at 12:32 PM

      That might be the dumbest post i have seen on here, Lebron wasn’t going anyway in 2009, if not the Magic then it’s Lakers-Celtics

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