Magic season fades away

INDIANAPOLIS — For the second year in a row, the Magic's postseason ended in the first round.

The Pacers broke open a close game in the fourth quarter and beat Orlando 105-87 on Tuesday night in Game 5. Danny Granger scored 25 as Indiana got its first series win since 2005, next facing the Heat or Knicks.

Orlando's Jameer Nelson scored a game-high 27 on 11-of-21 shooting and had five assists, but received little support. He faded in the fourth quarter, shooting 1 of 5 and missing both of his 3-pointers.

Now, the Magic begins a potentially tumultuous offseason.

The future of Stan Van Gundy and his coaching staff is in doubt. General manager Otis Smith's future also is in question, as are the Magic futures of several key players, including Nelson, a potential free agent, and Ryan Anderson, who will become a restricted free agent.

Anderson said the Magic would not use the absence of injured center Dwight Howard as an excuse: "We don't think like that. We played hard."

Van Gundy's take on a season filled with the drama of Howard asking for a trade and for Van Gundy to be fired? "When you put it all together, I'd say it's certainly been different. It's been a challenging season, there's no question. But it's not necessarily been bad."

Pacers 105, Magic 87

ORLANDO (87): Turkoglu 1-6 5-7 7, Anderson 5-13 0-0 14, Davis 6-17 3-3 15, Nelson 11-21 0-0 27, J.Richardson 3-7 1-5 8, Redick 4-7 3-4 12, Orton 0-0 0-0 0, Clark 1-1 0-0 2, Duhon 0-3 0-0 0, Q.Richardson 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 32-76 12-19 87.

INDIANA (105): Granger 8-20 5-5 25, West 6-13 0-0 12, Hibbert 5-10 1-3 11, Hill 5-11 3-4 15, George 3-7 0-1 8, Barbosa 3-4 1-1 7, Hansbrough 1-3 0-0 2, Collison 9-10 0-0 19, Amundson 3-4 0-0 6, Pendergraph 0-0 0-0 0, Price 0-0 0-0 0, Stephenson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 43-82 10-14 105.

Orlando 19 28 24 16— 87

Indiana 28 22 19 36— 105

3-Point GoalsOrlando 11-30 (Nelson 5-8, Anderson 4-9, J.Richardson 1-3, Redick 1-4, Duhon 0-2, Turkoglu 0-4), Indiana 9-17 (Granger 4-9, Hill 2-2, George 2-4, Collison 1-1, Barbosa 0-1). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsOrlando 41 (Davis 8), Indiana 53 (West 8). AssistsOrlando 14 (Nelson 5), Indiana 16 (Collison 6). Total FoulsOrlando 17, Indiana 16. A18,165 (18,165).

hawks hold on: Al Horford scored a team-high 19 in his first start since January, and the host Hawks held on for an 87-86 victory over the Celtics to get within 3-2.

Boston's Rajon Rondo stole Josh Smith's inbounds pass with 10 seconds left and raced down the court, looking for the winner. But Horford hemmed him in along the sideline and Smith knocked away a pass as time ran out.

"I cornered myself," Rondo said. "Give Al credit."

Horford went down in January with a torn pectoral muscle. He made a surprise return off the bench in Game 4, and Tuesday led fast breaks, dove for loose balls, and had 11 rebounds.

Hawks 87, Celtics 86

BOSTON (86): Pierce 7-17 0-0 16, Bass 4-10 6-6 14, Garnett 7-12 2-2 16, Rondo 6-17 0-0 13, Bradley 1-2 0-0 2, Stiemsma 0-0 0-0 0, Allen 5-10 3-5 15, Pietrus 1-4 0-0 2, Hollins 2-4 1-2 5, Dooling 1-1 0-0 3. Totals 34-77 12-15 86.

ATLANTA (87): M.Williams 5-9 2-2 15, Smith 6-16 1-2 13, Horford 8-15 3-4 19, Teague 5-11 4-4 16, Jo.Johnson 6-17 2-2 15, McGrady 0-0 0-0 0, Dampier 1-1 0-0 2, Hinrich 3-4 0-0 7, Green 0-0 0-0 0, Collins 0-0 0-0 0, I.Johnson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 34-73 12-14 87.

Boston 21 19 24 22— 86

Atlanta 15 25 26 21— 87

3-Point GoalsBoston 6-14 (Allen 2-4, Pierce 2-4, Dooling 1-1, Rondo 1-2, Pietrus 0-3), Atlanta 7-16 (M.Williams 3-6, Teague 2-3, Hinrich 1-1, Jo.Johnson 1-5, Smith 0-1). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsBoston 41 (Garnett, Bass 7), Atlanta 46 (Smith 16). AssistsBoston 23 (Rondo 12), Atlanta 20 (Smith 6). Total FoulsBoston 13, Atlanta 19. A19,319 (18,729).

bulls extend series: Center Joakim Noah missed a second straight game because of a sprained left ankle, but host Chicago avoided elimination by beating the 76ers 77-69 in Game 5. Luol Deng led the Bulls with 24 points.

Bulls 77, 76ers 69

PHILADELPHIA (69): Iguodala 4-19 2-2 11, Brand 2-6 1-2 5, Hawes 4-9 3-5 11, Holiday 5-17 5-5 16, Turner 2-7 0-0 4, Allen 4-7 1-4 9, Williams 4-10 5-6 13, T.Young 0-3 0-0 0, Meeks 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 25-78 17-24 69.

CHICAGO (77): Deng 10-19 0-0 24, Boozer 9-20 1-2 19, Asik 2-3 0-2 4, Watson 2-10 1-4 5, Hamilton 3-9 0-0 6, Gibson 3-7 2-2 8, Brewer 3-7 0-1 6, Lucas 2-6 0-0 5, Korver 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 34-82 4-11 77.

Philadelphia 16 10 22 21— 69

Chicago 17 18 22 20— 77

3-Point GoalsPhiladelphia 2-11 (Holiday 1-2, Iguodala 1-6, Williams 0-3), Chicago 5-10 (Deng 4-5, Lucas 1-3, Watson 0-1, Korver 0-1). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsPhiladelphia 57 (Hawes 14), Chicago 58 (Boozer 13). AssistsPhiladelphia 14 (Holiday 4), Chicago 22 (Watson 7). Total FoulsPhiladelphia 18, Chicago 21. TechnicalsBrand, Gibson. A22,093 (20,917).

jazz: Guard Raja Bell, who lost his starting job during the season, said damage is "irreparable" to his Utah career, calling coach Tyrone Corbin "unprofessional" due to lack of communication. Corbin didn't comment.

knicks: Interim coach Mike Woodson said point guard Jeremy Lin (left knee surgery on April 2) will not play against the Heat, even if New York extends the series tonight. Also, Woodson denied reports that he is discussing a long-term contract that could be finalized by next week. The team declined comment.

Magic season fades away 05/09/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, May 9, 2012 1:35am]

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