Carter makes 6 3-pointers, scores 25 as Magic beat Pacers 93-86

By Cliff Brunt, AP
Friday, October 8, 2010

Carter makes 6 3-pointers, leads Magic past Pacers

INDIANAPOLIS — Vince Carter scored 25 points, and the Orlando Magic beat the Indiana Pacers 93-86 in preseason action on Friday night.

Carter made 6-of-8 3-pointers for Orlando (2-0). Ryan Anderson had 10 points and 16 rebounds, and Dwight Howard added 10 points and 10 boards, despite getting into early foul trouble.

Darren Collison scored 18 points for the Pacers (0-2) in his first game in front of the home fans since Indiana acquired him in an offseason trade.

Indiana forward Tyler Hansbrough, who missed most of last season with an inner ear infection and hadn’t played since Jan. 16, entered the game with 3:23 left in the first quarter. He scored nine points in 19 minutes.

The Pacers led 47-45 at halftime, but trailed by 18 heading into the fourth quarter.

The first half was promising for the Pacers. Collison scored 13 points on 5-for-10 shooting and Indiana’s other two building blocks, Danny Granger and Roy Hibbert, each scored 10 points before the break.

Things unraveled soon thereafter for the Pacers. Carter hit three 3-pointers to turn Orlando’s 54-51 lead into a 63-53 advantage just over five minutes into the third quarter. Orlando outscored the Pacers 33-13 in the period to take a 78-60 lead. The Magic held the Pacers to 4-for-20 shooting in the quarter.

Orlando made 11-of-33 3-pointers in what was an ugly game at times. Orlando shot 36 percent from the field while Indiana shot 35 percent.

A.J. Price finished with 15 points, and Granger and Hibbert both scored 12 for the Pacers. Rookie Lance Stephenson scored six points in 16 minutes, and first-round pick Paul George finished with three on 1-for-8 shooting.

Notes: Indiana G T.J. Ford sat out with a strained right hamstring. … Howard committed three fouls in the first 5:32 … Orlando’s Chris Duhon was issued a technical foul after disagreeing with a foul call with 7 minutes left in the second quarter. Indiana’s Josh McRoberts got the same treatment 14 seconds later. … Jeff Foster started the second half at power forward instead of McRoberts, who left with a sore neck and did not return.

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