Originally written on Pacers Pulse  |  Last updated 10/19/14
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It wasn't pretty, but the Pacers did what they had to do, breaking open a tight game in the third quarter to cruise to a 93-78 win and evening their first round series against the Magic at 1-1.The Pacers got out to an early lead, but the Magic, to their credit, came back to take the lead. I said at the beginning of the series that it was going to be a tough series. Yes, the Magic are without Dwight Howard, but they still have a dangerous team full of experienced veterans and a quality coach in Stan Van Gundy, while the Pacers are still an inexperienced playoff squad trying to find their identity. The Pacers have been a grind it out team all season and there's no reason to expect that they would simply walk through the Magic, with or without Dwight Howard. That said, it still sucks watching them struggle.And struggle they did in game 2. Despite the score, this was not the kind of game that would make you think, "The Pacers have finally figured it out and will win easily ...
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