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Orlando Magic Roundup: Magic fall apart, Pacers find their way in pivotal third quarter

It was a rough night for a beat up Orlando Magic team that prides itself on its toughness.

With All-Star center Dwight Howard out of the lineup and slew of injuries hobbling the remaining players on the roster, the Magic have to get by with heart, effort, grit and gumption.

However, the Indiana Pacers stole from the Orlando bag of tricks and out-worked Magic in the third quarter of Monday night’s game to cruise to a 93-78 win. The Pacers evened the series 1-1. Game 3 is set for 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Amway Center.

At least the Magic can say they didn’t have the worst night in the NBA. That honor goes to Amare Stoudemire, who punched a fire extinguisher in frustration after the New York Knicks’ not-so-surprising second consecutive loss to the Miami Heat Monday night. Stoudemire’s gashed his hand, was sent to the hospital for stitches and it seems unlikely he’ll return to the Knicks lineup during the remainder of the playoffs.

Stoudemire’s antics dominated the national spotlight Monday night and Tuesday morning, but here’s a closer look at extensive coverage of the Orlando Magic-Indiana Pacers series:

-- Orlando Sentinel: Orlando Magic fall apart in 3rd quarter, lose Game 2 to Indiana Pacers

-- Orlando Sentinel’s Mike Bianchi: Pacers beat Magic, but Big Baby is playing like a grown man

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