Indiana Pacers vs. Orlando Magic: Live Blog, Analysis and Instant Reaction

Peter EmerickSenior Writer IIMay 2, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - APRIL 28: Glen Davis #11 of the Orlando Magic tries to split the defense of Tyler Hansbrough #50 and Darren Collison #2 of the Indiana Pacers in Game One of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2012 NBA Playoffs on April 28, 2012 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana. Orlando won the game 81-77 to take a 1-0 series lead. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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The Indiana Pacers take a commanding 2-1 lead in their first-round playoff series against the Orlando Magic with an absolutely dominant road-win.

Danny Granger led the way for the Pacers with 26 points, nine rebounds, three assists, two steals and 56.3 percent shooting from the field.

Every time the Magic got with a few points of the Pacers, usually thanks to Glen Davis mid-range jumpers, the Pacers would calmly answer with timely shooting and an uncanny ability to find the open man wherever he was on the court.

The Pacers ended the game with 16 assists on the night, and 46.8 percent shooting from the field as a team.  While their offensive performance was solid, the Pacers' biggest strength was their tenacity on the defensive side of the ball.

Aside from Davis, who accounted for 19 1st-half points and ended with just 22, the Magic had no other player that stood up and tried to carry the load for their struggling team.

If the Magic want to get back in this series they absolutely have to make some serious changes to their offensive flow, as without Howard, they often times look lost and confused when they have the ball in their hands.

Game 4 of this series takes place Saturday, May 5th at 2:00 pm ET., so look no further than Bleacher Report for all the live coverage you'll ever need of the Pacers vs Magic playoff series.