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Magic vs. Pacers Notebook: Indiana runs Orlando out of Amway Center

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The Pacers demolished the Magic on Friday night in a 115-86 blowout. Orlando has lost its last seven home games.

Ian Mahinmi and DeQuan Jones
Ian Mahinmi and DeQuan Jones
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The Orlando Magic dropped their seventh straight home game Friday, losing to the Indiana Pacers by a 115-86 final.


Vaughn explains starting Harris

Magic coach Jacque Vaughn shuffled the starting lineup once again, replacing Andrew Nicholson with Tobias Harris at power forward.

"I just think I've started Drew probably 25 games this year and I want to get a sense of Tobias," Vaughn said. "It's different playing against first-unit guys and second-unit guys. [Starting Harris is] only one way to find out if that's something that's productive for our lineup. He got in early foul trouble, which I think effected our team overall on both ends of the floor."

Harris' first start didn't go well. The sophomore wound up shooting 2-of-8 from the field with five fouls. However, Harris recorded a game-high eight rebounds.

Vaughn discusses foul problems

Look at the Pacers. Seriously, just look at them. They're pretty big - and long in all positions. This team boasts a hefty frontline of center Roy Hibbert (7-foot-2, 280 pounds) and power forward David West (6-foot-9, 250 pounds).

Without a question these two players altered the Magic's shots in the paint, limiting Orlando to 26 points in the paint overall. But the Magic's problems didn't end there; instead, their feisty side came about here and there, which led to one technical foul each against Arron Afflalo and surprisingly, Jameer Nelson.

"That's just a very physical team." Vaughn said. "They tried to establish themselves in the post. The first play of the game was a post play and they converted on it and they continued to try to go into the post and establish themselves with Hibbert and West. I think [Tyler] Hansbrough came into the game and gave them some great minutes also off the bench. I think they just tried to come in with a very physical presence and present themselves to us."

Nelson's locker-room interview


Magic and Chase celebrate Noche Latina

For the second consecutive season, the Magic sported their "El Magic" jerseys in honor of the organization's Hispanic fan base. The Magic will wear these jerseys again against the Oklahoma City Thunder on March 22nd and the Miami Heat on March 25.

"We value our entire Orlando Magic fan base," CEO Alex Martins said in a statement. "Noche Latina is an opportunity for the Magic to show our appreciation to the Latin segment of our fan base for their support and dedication. We are also proud to have a partner like Chase who shares our vision and commitment to our diverse and vibrant community."