ORLANDO, Fla. -- The evidence has been laid out for the Indiana Pacers and everyone else to see.
Play a weak team and the Pacers usually take care of business.
Play a playoff-caliber team, and the Pacers have shown lately that they don't have the personnel to take that next step.
BOXSCORE: Magic 107, Pacers 94
They have continued to publicly declare that they can compete against the league's best.
But veteran power forward David West broke away from the company line after the Pacers barely put up an effort in their 107-94 loss to the Orlando Magic at the Amway Center on Sunday.
"We beat up on bad teams but just can't compete against the good teams," West said as he dressed after the game. "Games we've had against playoff-caliber teams, we've lost to them. That's the measure to where we are. We just have to be real about it."
The Magic didn't have a problem beating the Pacers despite being without starters Hedo Turkoglu (suspension) and Jason Richardson (ankle).
All the Magic really needed was All-Star center Dwight Howard.
Howard, whose future with the organization is murky with the trade deadline just days away, scored 30 points, grabbed 13 rebounds and had five assists.
Orlando led by 24 points in the first half. The Pacers got that down to nine early in the third quarter, but the Magic pushed it back up to 29 points in the fourth quarter.
Second-year guard Paul George led the Pacers with 22 points.
"We came out tonight flat and didn't play well, didn't play together," West said. "We got blown out of the gym. That doesn't happen to good teams, either."
The numbers don't lie on how the Pacers have played of late.
They reached their longest winning streak in seven years -- six games -- by beating up on teams that are likely headed to the draft lottery this summer.
The Pacers wanted to shed the thought that the schedule was the reason for their success.
Instead, the opposite has happened. The Pacers, in their toughest stretch of the season, have dropped their first four games against teams that will be in the playoffs. Two of the four losses -- Orlando and Chicago -- were blowouts.
They collapsed down the stretch in their overtime loss at Miami on Saturday.
"I thought we fought hard enough to win (Saturday)," West said. "We didn't make the plays at the end. Good teams make plays at the end to win."
The Pacers (23-16) have gone from having the third-best record in the Eastern Conference a week ago to fifth. They trail the third-place Magic by 21/2 games.
The struggles against winning teams come after the Pacers gave hope that they had turned the corner with impressive road wins over the Lakers, Boston, Chicago, Dallas and Orlando early in the season.
"We have to decide what type of team we want to be," West said. "(Do) we want to be an average team that beats the bad teams and teams that have already cashed it in for the season, or do you want to be able to compete with the top six teams in the Eastern Conference?"
Pacers coach Frank Vogel continues to remain upbeat.
"We know we're a good team. We know the schedule is going to hit you hard at times," Vogel said. "You have to do the best you can to manage it. We have a great deal of confidence that we're a very good team now."
The Pacers hope to get things back together when they host the Portland Trail Blazers -- who have lost five of their past seven games -- at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Tuesday