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Magic stays alive with rout

ORLANDO — The Magic isn't ready for its season to end yet.

Jason Richardson scored 17 and J.J. Redick added 14 to lead the Magic to a 101-76 win over the Hawks on Tuesday night.

The victory trims the Hawks' series lead to 3-2, and the Magic faces another must-win scenario in Game 6 on Thursday in Atlanta.

Magic center Dwight Howard battled foul trouble and finished with eight points and eight rebounds. But the Magic didn't need his offense, though, as it broke out of a shooting funk with 11 3-pointers.

"We're a good shooting team," Magic coach Stan Van Gundy said. "This is more of us than what we showed in the first four games. … This isn't an aberration. We've been doing this for four years. The first four games were the aberration."

Josh Smith scored 22 to lead the Hawks, who shot a series-low 36 percent overall.

The Magic finished at just 41 percent but hit 42 percent of its attempts from 3.

"The law of averages is eventually going to even out," Redick said. "We didn't shoot amazing (Tuesday night), but we shot very well."

Magic 101, Hawks 76

ATLANTA (76): Smith 7-18 7-12 22, Horford 3-9 3-4 9, Collins 0-1 0-2 0, Hinrich 3-5 0-0 6, Johnson 2-12 0-0 5, Williams 4-6 3-3 12, Crawford 2-8 3-3 8, Pachulia 1-2 2-2 4, Teague 1-4 3-4 5, Wilkins 1-2 0-0 2, Powell 1-2 0-0 2, Armstrong 0-0 1-2 1. Totals 25-69 22-32 76.

ORLANDO (101): Turkoglu 4-7 0-0 9, Bass 2-8 5-5 9, Howard 1-4 6-10 8, Nelson 4-10 0-0 9, J.Richardson 6-14 2-2 17, Q.Richardson 2-6 2-2 7, Anderson 3-9 2-2 11, Redick 6-8 2-3 14, Arenas 4-11 0-1 9, Allen 0-1 1-2 1, Clark 1-3 0-0 2, Duhon 1-2 2-2 5. Totals 34-83 22-29 101.

Atlanta 13 22 18 23— 76

Orlando 26 32 21 22— 101

3-Point GoalsAtlanta 4-16 (Smith 1-2, Williams 1-2, Crawford 1-4, Johnson 1-4, Wilkins 0-1, Teague 0-1, Hinrich 0-2), Orlando 11-26 (Anderson 3-5, J.Richardson 3-6, Turkoglu 1-1, Duhon 1-2, Nelson 1-3, Q.Richardson 1-4, Arenas 1-5). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsAtlanta 56 (Horford 14), Orlando 54 (Howard 8). AssistsAtlanta 15 (Horford 6), Orlando 18 (Nelson 5). Total FoulsAtlanta 22, Orlando 25. TechnicalsOrlando defensive three second. A19,091 (18,500).

Bulls eliminate Pacers

CHICAGO — Derrick Rose scored 25, Luol Deng added 24, and the Bulls finally played like a top seed, knocking off the Pacers 116-89 in Game 5 to wrap up their first-round playoff series.

Rose seemed just fine after spraining his left ankle in Game 4, hitting 8 of 17 shots. He dominated early and came up big in the third quarter after the Pacers pulled within four. He scored 10 over the final six minutes, and the Bulls ended the quarter on a 23-8 run.

Former Florida standout Joakim Noah added 14 points and eight rebounds.

Bulls 116, Pacers 89

INDIANA (89): Granger 7-16 3-3 20, Hansbrough 3-9 8-9 14, Hibbert 4-7 3-4 11, Collison 3-7 0-0 7, George 2-8 2-2 7, Foster 0-1 0-0 0, D.Jones 3-7 4-4 10, Dunleavy 1-6 2-2 4, McRoberts 0-1 0-0 0, Rush 3-5 0-0 7, Price 2-6 2-2 7, Ford 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 29-74 24-26 89.

CHICAGO (116): Deng 7-14 7-8 24, Boozer 1-5 0-0 2, Noah 3-6 8-9 14, Rose 8-17 6-7 25, Bogans 5-7 0-0 15, Gibson 5-8 0-0 10, Brewer 1-1 0-0 2, Asik 1-2 0-2 2, Korver 5-14 1-1 13, Watson 3-8 0-0 6, Butler 1-1 0-0 3. Totals 40-83 22-27 116.

Indiana 25 21 19 24— 89

Chicago 36 18 30 32— 116

3-Point GoalsIndiana 7-16 (Granger 3-4, Collison 1-1, Rush 1-1, Price 1-3, George 1-4, D.Jones 0-1, Dunleavy 0-2), Chicago 14-31 (Bogans 5-7, Deng 3-5, Rose 3-8, Korver 2-7, Butler 1-1, Watson 0-3). Fouled OutGibson. ReboundsIndiana 43 (Hansbrough 11), Chicago 52 (Noah 8). AssistsIndiana 14 (Collison 5), Chicago 27 (Watson, Deng 7). Total FoulsIndiana 23, Chicago 23. TechnicalsPrice, Noah, Chicago defensive three second. Flagrant Fouls—McRoberts. Ejected—McRoberts. A22,822 (20,917).

Artest a good citizen: Lakers forward Ron Artest received the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award, an honor presented annually by the Professional Basketball Writers Association. The award is named for the former NBA commissioner, honoring a player or coach for outstanding service and dedication to the community. "There's been ups and downs, a real roller-coaster ride, but this is one of the times you look back and say it was all worth it," said Artest, who won the award for promoting mental health awareness this year. It's quite a turnaround for Artest, who was involved in an ugly fracas in November 2004 at the Palace of Auburn Hills in suburban Detroit after a win for his Pacers. He was suspended for the rest of that season.

Heat: Forward Udonis Haslem (foot) said he's hopeful of returning to the lineup this postseason. Miami can close out its East quarterfinal series with the 76ers in Game 5 tonight.

Eastern Conference

Bulls 4, Pacers 1

Game 1: Bulls 104, Pacers 99

Game 2: Bulls 96, Pacers 90

Game 3: Bulls 88, Pacers 84

Game 4: Pacers 89, Bulls 84

Tuesday: Bulls 116, Pacers 89

Heat 3, 76ers 1

Game 1: Heat 97, 76ers 89

Game 2: Heat 94, 76ers 73

Game 3: Heat 100, 76ers 94

Game 4: 76ers 86, Heat 82

Tonight: at Miami, 7, TNT

Friday: at Philadelphia, TBD, TBD *

Sunday: at Miami, TBD, TBD *

Celtics 4, Knicks 0

Game 1: Celtics 87, Knicks 85

Game 2: Celtics 96, Knicks 93

Game 3: Celtics 113, Knicks 96

Game 4: Celtics 101, Knicks 89

HAWKS 3, Magic 2

Game 1: Hawks 103, Magic 93

Game 2: Magic 88, Hawks 82

Game 3: Hawks 88, Magic 84

Game 4: Hawks 88, Magic 85

Tuesday: Magic 101, Hawks 76

Thursday: at Atlanta, 7:30, NBA

Saturday: at Orlando, TBD, TNT *

Western Conference

Grizzlies 3, Spurs 1

Game 1: Grizzlies 101, Spurs 98

Game 2: Spurs 93, Grizzlies 87

Game 3: Grizzlies 91, Spurs 88

Game 4: Grizzlies 104, Spurs 86

Tonight: at San Antonio, 8:30, NBA

Friday: at Memphis, TBD, TBD *

Sunday: at San Antonio, TBD, TBD *

Lakers 3, Hornets 2

Game 1: Hornets 109, Lakers 100

Game 2: Lakers 87, Hornets 78

Game 3: Lakers 100, Hornets 86

Game 4: Hornets 93, Lakers 88

Tuesday: Lakers 106, Hornets 90

Thursday: at New Orleans, 8, TNT

Saturday: at Los Angeles, TBD, TNT *

Mavericks 3, Blazers 2

Game 1: Mavericks 89, Blazers 81

Game 2: Mavericks 101, Blazers 89

Game 3: Blazers 97, Mavericks 92

Game 4: Blazers 84, Mavericks 82

Game 5: Mavericks 93, Blazers 82

Thursday: at Portland, 10:30, TNT

Saturday: at Dallas, TBD, TNT *

Thunder 3, Nuggets 1

Game 1: Thunder 107, Nuggets 103

Game 2: Thunder 106, Nuggets 89

Game 3: Thunder 97, Nuggets 94

Game 4: Nuggets 104, Thunder 101

Tonight: at Okla. City, 9:30, TNT

Friday: at Denver, TBD, TBD *

Sunday: at Okla. City, TBD, TBD *

* If necessary

Magic stays alive with rout 04/27/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 27, 2011 2:17am]

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