Originally posted on Pacers Pulse  |  Last updated 5/9/12
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. While they usually
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