Dwight Howard reached a new high with the Orlando Magic.
Howard had 14 points to become the Magic’s all-time leading scorer in Orlando’s 102-83 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday night.
"It’s a humbling experience," said Howard, who began the game needing just eight points to break Nick Anderson’s mark. "It does mean a lot. Not too many players in this league can say that they were their franchise’s leading scorer."
Howard, fifth in the league in scoring with 20.1 points per game, picked up his third foul early in the second quarter and sat for most of the first half, before breaking the mark early in the third.
Ryan Anderson had 24 points and eight rebounds to lead the Magic. He shot shot 8 for 14 from the field, including 5 for 7 on 3-pointers.
"I just wanted to come in with a lot of energy tonight," Anderson said. "We just took open shots. Getting key rebounds and being physical and getting fast break points, those are big for us."
Danny Granger and Roy Hibbert scored 16 points each and Hibbert also had 12 rebounds for the Pacers, who returned home after winning two of three on a West Coast trip.
"We had poor offensive execution the whole game," Pacers coach Frank Vogel said. "We know how to play. We’ve played good basketball all year and we didn’t tonight."
Indiana shot just 32 percent in the second half and Orlando shot 49 percent.
JJ Redick added 15 points and Glen Davis had 13 points and five rebounds for the Magic.
"Our effort was great," Magic coach Stan Van Gundy said. "Our energy was good and a lot of guys had a lot to do with us winning."
Howard was two points away from breaking the scoring record before he picked up his second foul and went to the bench midway through the first quarter.
It was a tough stretch for Howard who turned the ball over, missed a shot and then got called for a foul.
The Pacers were in the middle of a 10-0 run when Howard went to the bench. Granger made two 3s and Hibbert — wearing a mast to protect a broken nose suffered Sunday against the Lakers — had the other two baskets.