Indiana Pacers 105 vs Orlando Magic 87, (IND wins series 4-1)- The Magic weren’t the same team without Dwight Howard and it proved evident in the series. The Pacers lost Game 1, but after that, they buckled down and took care of the Magic in 5 games. The high point man was Danny Granger who had 25 points and seemingly carried the team throughout the series.
**Indiana Pacers will face the winner of the NY/MIA series**
Atlanta Hawks 87 vs Boston Celtics 86, (BOS leads series 3-2)- The Hawks had the lead throughout the whole game at home. The Hawks had to survive a late rally from the Celtics behind Rajon Rondo’s yet again double-double with 13 points and 12 assists. However it wasn’t enough as the Celtics were outmatched by two double-double’s in Al Horford (19 points and 11 rebounds) and Josh Smith (13 points and 16 rebounds)
Chicago Bulls 77 vs Philadelphia Sixers 69, (PHI leads series 3-2)- No Rose. No Noah, and still the Bulls found a way to cool off the Sixers and do some home-cooking. The clutch player for the Bulls was Loul Deng who had a game-high 24 points and 8 rebounds. The Bulls also dominated the class with Carlos Boozer with 19 points and 13 rebounds.
Denver Nuggets 102 vs LA Lakers 99, (LAL leads series 3-2) A possible momentum shift may have happened in this series. The young Nuggets who are the highest scoring team in the league, torched the Lakers all night with their fast pace tempo that the Lakers just did not want to deal with. The spark plug for the Nuggets Kenneth Fairield, fired up the Nuggets with 10 points and 9 rebounds. Amazingly the Lakers didnt win as Kobe Bryant dropped 43 points, but wasnt enough.
Wednesday (5/9) games:
New York Knicks @ Miami Heat, (MIA leads series 3-1)
LA Clippers @ Memphis Grizzlies, (LAC leads series 3-1)