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Pacers win series

NBA Playoffs

POSTED May 8, 2012 10:51 p.m.

INDIANAPOLIS — Danny Granger scored 25 points and Indiana beat Orlando 105-87 on Tuesday night to clinch their first-round Eastern Conference series in five games.
It was Indiana’s first series win since 2005 and its first clincher on its home court since the first round of the 2000 playoffs. The Pacers will play Miami or New York in the second round.
Darren Collison scored 15 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter and George Hill added 15 points for the Pacers, who outscored the Magic 36-16 in the fourth quarter.
Jameer Nelson was 5 of 8 from 3-point range and had 27 points for Orlando, which was 5 of 16 from the field in the fourth quarter. Glen Davis added 15 points on 6-of-17 shooting.

HAWKS 87, CELTICS 86
ATLANTA — Al Horford scored 19 points in his first start since January, and Atlanta held on for the victory in Game 5.
Game 6 is Thursday in Boston.
The Celtics had a chance to clinch the series when Rajon Rondo stole Josh Smith’s inbounds pass with 10 seconds remaining. But he got hemmed in along the sideline and Smith knocked away a desperation pass.
Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett led the Celtics with 16 points apiece. Rondo had 13 points and 12 assists.
Horford, who went down in January with a torn pectoral muscle, had 11 rebounds, three assists, three steals and three blocked shots.
Smith had 13 points and 16 rebounds while Jeff Teague had 16 points and Joe Johnson and Marvin Williams had 15 apiece.

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