Magic vs. Pacers: Highlights, Grades and Reaction to Game 5

May 8th, 2012 by Hunter Konsens Leave a reply »
After shocking the Indiana Pacers in Game 1, the Orlando Magic have been eliminated from the postseason due to dropping the last four consecutive games, including Tuesday night's 105-87 loss at Conseco Fieldhouse. The Pacers' depth and length in the frontcourt proved to much for the Howard-less Magic to handle.

The Pacers, essentially, dominated this best-of-seven series after their disheartening opening night loss. While Orlando's lone win was quite impressive, as the realm of professional basketball counted this squad out from the beginning, the Magic were unable to find the spark captured in Game 1.

Indiana would win both Game 2 and 3 in convincing fashion, but Game 4 was not only the most important win for the Pacers, but the most exciting. After blowing a massive lead in the fourth quarter, the Pacers were forced to go into overtime against an undersized Orlando squad, where the Magic would be hit with a crippling defeat. 

The combination of high-octane scorer Danny Granger, who was quite consistent throughout the five games, and bruiser David West, a nightmare matchup every single night, proved to be lethal. Then, add in the clutch George ...

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