(INDIANAPOLIS) – The Indiana Pacers received 25 points from forward Danny Granger as they conquered the Orlando Magic 105-87, winning their first round playoff series in five games.
The Pacers hadn’t won a playoff series since 2005, and no player on the current roster has won a playoff series as a Pacer.
“I’m just so happy for our fans,” Pacers coach Frank Vogel said. “They’ve endured a lot those years when we struggled. To finally see us come back and have a winning team again and somebody that has a chance to do something special this year. That’s what they deserve. Pacers basketball is back.”
The Magic lead 71-69 going into the fourth quarter, but the Pacers outscored them 36-16 the rest of the way.
The Pacers will now face the winner of the Miami Heat-New York Knicks series. The Heat currently lead that series 3-1.
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Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN Newswire