Edgy Magic shocks Pacers

INDIANAPOLIS — The Magic entered Indiana's building as underdogs and walked out talking trash.

Jason Richardson and Jameer Nelson scored 17 apiece to help sixth-seeded Orlando, playing without star center Dwight Howard, surprise the third-seeded Pacers 81-77 in Game 1 of the first-round Eastern Conference playoff series on Saturday night.

"Y'all look real stunned," Glen Davis, Howard's replacement, yelled at the crowd as he left.

Howard, the Magic's leading scorer and the league's top rebounder, will miss the rest of the season after having back surgery. The Magic overcame a seven-point deficit by holding the Pacers scoreless for the final 4:05.

"We're all we got," said Davis, who scored 16 with 13 rebounds. "… When we believe, there's unlimited things that we can do."

Orlando hit nine 3-pointers, led by Richardson's five.

"With Dwight being out, the 3-point line is what we had to take care of, and we didn't," Pacers guard Paul George said.

ORLANDO (81): Turkoglu 3-10 2-2 9, Anderson 2-7 0-0 5, Davis 8-20 0-0 16, Nelson 7-15 2-2 17, J.Richardson 6-15 0-0 17, Redick 2-4 2-3 6, Clark 2-6 2-4 6, Q.Richardson 2-4 0-0 5, Duhon 0-0 0-0 0, Orton 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 32-81 8-11 81.

INDIANA (77): Granger 7-20 1-4 17, West 8-14 3-3 19, Hibbert 3-11 2-4 8, Hill 2-7 6-7 11, George 4-11 0-0 8, Barbosa 1-4 0-2 3, Hansbrough 3-9 1-2 7, Amundson 1-4 0-0 2, Collison 1-7 0-0 2. Totals 30-87 13-22 77.

Orlando 21 30 13 17— 81

Indiana 22 22 19 14— 77

3-Point GoalsOrlando 9-24 (J.Richardson 5-8, Turkoglu 1-2, Q.Richardson 1-3, Anderson 1-4, Nelson 1-5, Redick 0-2), Indiana 4-13 (Granger 2-4, Barbosa 1-1, Hill 1-3, Collison 0-1, George 0-4). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsOrlando 52 (Davis 13), Indiana 66 (Hibbert 13). AssistsOrlando 18 (Nelson 9), Indiana 17 (Collison 5). Total FoulsOrlando 17, Indiana 17. A18,165.

Heat thumps Knicks

MIAMI — LeBron James scored 32 after shooting 10-for-14 from the field, and the Heat rode the strength of what became a 32-2 run to easily beat the Knicks 100-67 in their East quarterfinal.

Dwyane Wade added 19 points in his first game back after dislocating his left index finger.

"Our guys had a noticeable look in their eyes the last 24 hours," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "We wanted to get back to the basics and play to our identity."

No, this wasn't redemption for falling short in the NBA Finals last season, but it was a fine start.

"I've waited to get back to the postseason, prepared myself all season, throughout the offseason to get back to this point," James said after Miami turned 27 New York turnovers into a franchise playoff-record 38 points.

New York's 67 points matched a franchise playoff low.

The Knicks lost Iman Shumpert for the rest of the postseason after he tore a ligament in his knee, and Carmelo Anthony missed 12 of 15 shots and finished with just 11 points.

NEW YORK (67): C.Anthony 3-15 5-5 11, Stoudemire 2-7 5-6 9, Chandler 0-3 0-0 0, Davis 4-6 0-0 10, Shumpert 0-2 0-0 0, Jeffries 0-1 0-0 0, Smith 7-17 0-0 17, Fields 4-7 0-0 8, Novak 2-2 0-0 6, Bibby 0-4 0-0 0, Harrellson 2-4 0-0 4, Jordan 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 25-70 10-11 67.

MIAMI (100): James 10-14 11-14 32, Haslem 1-3 1-2 3, Bosh 3-7 3-4 9, Chalmers 3-5 4-5 11, Wade 8-13 3-6 19, Miller 3-10 0-0 9, Battier 2-8 2-2 8, J.Anthony 0-0 0-0 0, Cole 1-3 0-0 2, Jones 3-4 0-0 7, Turiaf 0-1 0-0 0, Howard 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 34-70 24-33 100.

New York 18 13 16 20— 67

Miami 24 30 27 19— 100

3-Point GoalsN.Y. 7-21 (Smith 3-8, Novak 2-2, Davis 2-4, Shumpert 0-1, Harrellson 0-1, C.Anthony 0-2, Bibby 0-3), Miami 8-21 (Miller 3-9, Battier 2-6, James 1-1, Jones 1-2, Chalmers 1-3). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsN.Y. 45 (C.Anthony 10), Miami 46 (Haslem 8). AssistsN.Y. 11 (C.Anthony 3), Miami 16 (Chalmers 9). Total FoulsN.Y. 26, Miami 17. TechnicalsC.Anthony, Stoudemire, N.Y. Coach Woodson, Haslem, Miami defensive three second. Flagrant Fouls—Chandler. A19,621.

Edgy Magic shocks Pacers 04/28/12 [Last modified: Sunday, April 29, 2012 1:30am]

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