ORLANDO Close doesn't count in a lot of things including comebacks. Close counts for nothing in an NBA playoff series.
And this one is over.
"Unfortunately, 'almost,' doesn't count for anything," Orlando Magic center Glen Davis lamented.
Davis missed an eight-foot shot at the buzzer Saturday that could have tied the game and started a second overtime much like teammate Jameer Nelson could have won the game at the end of regulation with a similar shot -- and the Magic were left with an insurmountable, 3-1, deficit in this first-round series against the Indiana Pacers.
Game 5 is Tuesday in Indianapolis.
The Pacers won, 101-99, behind David West, who had 26 points and 12 rebounds, and a roster that is far superior than what the Magic can offer now.
As if the Magic needed any reminder of what center Dwight Howard means to the franchise while he is rehabilitating 3,000 miles away in Los Angeles -- they have received it loud and clear throughout this series. He means everything,...