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If Pacers fans want to say that the team's 4-1 first round loss to the Bulls last year was closer than the numbers suggested, then they must also accept that the Pacers' 4-1 victory over the Magic, accomplished several hours ago, was a pretty close call as well.Not to say the Pacers were not clearly the better team. They were. Without Dwight Howard, this Magic squad was supposed to be cannon fodder, but to the credit of their players and coach Stan Van Gundy, they fought unbelievably hard and had Pacers fans such as myself sweating bullets much more often than we would have liked. In the end -- Game 1: 81-77 (Magic)Game 2: 93-78 (Pacers)Game 3: 97-74 (Pacers)Game 4: 101-99 OT (Pacers)Game 5: 105-87 (Pacers)-- the scorelines show only 2 close games, but in reality all games had their moments and were close until at least the third quarter. In the close-out game, Game 5, the Pacers once again raced out to an early lead but as usual allowed the Magic back into the game....
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(Eds: APNewsNow. Will be updated. With AP Photos.) By CLIFF BRUNT AP Sports Writer The Indiana Pacers say they have two starting point guards.
One just happens to come off the bench.
Darren Collison started for most of the regular season before a groin injury benched him down the stretch. George Hill stepped in and took Collison's starting job. Before Indiana's first-round...
Danny Granger scored 25 points to help the Indiana Pacers defeat the Orlando Magic 105-87 on Tuesday night and clinch their first-round Eastern Conference playoff series 4-1.
It was Indiana's first series win since 2005 and its first clincher on its home court since the first round of the 2000 playoffs. The Pacers will play Miami or New York in the second round.
CEO Alex Martins said that if the center won't sign an extension, the team will ensure it doesn't "go through a season like we went through this year."
The Indiana Pacers are advancing to the second round in the NBA Playoffs for the first time since 2005, as they removed any remaining Magic from the franchise that makes its home in Orlando, with a 105-87 thrashing Tuesday night at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The victory was the fourth straight for the Pacers after dropping the opening game of the match-up at home 81-77. Indiana...
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Danny Granger scored 25 points to help the Indiana Pacers defeat the Orlando Magic 105-87 on Tuesday night and clinch their first-round Eastern Conference series 4-1.
Darren Collison scored 15 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter and George Hill added 15 points for the Pacers, who trailed by two at the end of the third quarter but outscored the Magic 36-16...
The matchup with the Pacers was going to come down to the power forward matchup. It always was.
Figuring out how to win the matchup between the sweet-shooting Ryan Anderson and the bruising, physical play of David West was how this series would ultimately be decided.
On one end, the Magic would need Anderson's ability to space the floor and make 3-pointers to keep Indiana...
Pacers lead series 3-1 Time/TV: 7 p.m./NBATV, FSFloridaLine: Pacers by 10.5Tickets: $16-$60 on TiqIQPlayoff Series: Magic 81, Pacers 77; Pacers 93, Magic 78; Pacers 97, Magic 74; Pacers 101, Magic 99; May 8 in Indianapolis
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The 2011-12 NBA season has come a close for the Orlando Magic. It was the longest, short season in franchise history.
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