Orlando Magic Eliminated From 2012 NBA Playoffs By Indiana Pacers

The Orlando Magic were eliminated from the 2012 NBA Playoffs on Tuesday night as the Indiana Pacers take the series in five games.

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NBA Playoffs 2012, Pacers Vs. Magic: Where Does Orlando Go From Here?

The Orlando Magic were eliminated by the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday in Game 5 of their first round series. Nobody really gave the Magic much of a chance in this series once they lost Dwight Howard, so the result isn't very surprising. But now the Magic must look ahead, to what is going to be a pretty trying offseason. At least that's what Orlando Pinstriped Post seems to think.

While Indiana celebrates and moves forward this season, Orlando faces a tense offseason, arguably the most pivotal in team history. Van Gundy is likely gone as coach, and Otis Smith, the team's President of Basketball Operations, ought to follow. Nelson, who shares co-captaincy duties with Howard and serves as the club's only NBA-caliber point guard, could become a free agent by declining his player option. Anderson, the NBA's Most Improved Player, enters restricted free agency and could sign a rich offer sheet elsewhere.

The Dwight Howard saga has not reached it's end, and that is only one of a handful of storylines that could change the direction of this franchise. Buckle up everybody, it's going to be a bumpy ride.

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Pacers Vs. Magic, 2012 NBA Playoffs Game 5 Final Score: Orlando Eliminated In 105-87

The Orlando Magic trailed the Indiana Pacers by just three points at halftime and even taking a lead at one point in the second half, but without Dwight Howard the Magic could only hang on for so long before Indiana pulled away. The Pacers closed out the Magic with a 105-87 win on Thursday, taking the series 4-1.

Orlando had to rely on the scoring of guys like Glen Davis and Jameer Nelson without Howard in the lineup, and they put up a valiant effort. Nelson led the way for Orlando with 27 points on the night, hitting five three-point shots. Davis finished the night with 15 points while Ryan Anderson struggled to pick up 14 points.

The speculation on the future of Orlando Magic head coach Stan Van Gundy and star center Dwight Howard can now officially begin.

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Magic Vs. Pacers, NBA Playoffs 2012: Orlando Trails 50-47

The Orlando Magic trailed the Indiana Pacers after the first quarter by nine points, but trail by just three at the half way mark of the game. Orlando battled back in the second quarter, led by Glen Davis and his 11 points at halftime. Jameer Nelson has also added 10 points at the half, but in order to overtake the Pacers the Magic are going to have to sink more of their three-point shots, shooting just 33.3 percent in the first half.

The Pacers have limited the three point shots the Magic have made, but have not been able to pull away from the Magic. Danny Granger leads Indiana at halftime with 10 points while Roy Hibbert has picked up eight points and Louis Amundson has picked up six points off the bench.

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2012 NBA Playoffs, Magic Vs. Pacers: Indiana Leads 28-19 After First Quarter

The first 12 minutes have come and gone in Indianapolis and it doesn't necessarily look good for the Orlando Magic, which already trails 3-1 in the best-of-seven series. The Magic is down by nine points to the host Pacers, who are looking to advance to the second round of the playoffs.

Glen Davis leads Orlando with six points. No other starter, though, has more than two points, as the team has struggled shooting, converting less than 40 percent of its field goal attempts.

The Magic surprised many with an upset win in Game 1 of the series, but since has lost three consecutive games to the Pacers and is hoping to avoid elimination on Tuesday night.

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GIF: David West On The Wrong End Of Jameer Nelson

The Indiana Pacers are hosting the Orlando Magic in a Game 5 contest on Tuesday. Jameer Nelson and David West connected earlier in the first quarter.

And West --unfortunately for him -- was on the wrong end of that connection.

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2012 NBA Playoffs, Pacers Vs. Magic Game 5: Game Time, TV Schedule And More

The Orlando Magic play for their playoff lives on Tuesday night. Where can Magic fans watch or listen to the game?

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2012 NBA Playoffs, Magic Vs. Pacers: Game 5 Preview

The Orlando Magic are on the edge of elimination, and they will have to win on the road in Game 5 to keep their season going. Game 5 starts at 7 pm on Tuesday and can be found on NBA TV.

The Magic came out swinging in Game 1 of the series and were able to get a win on the road in Indiana, but in the past few games their talent discrepancy has really become apparent. It will be difficult for the Magic to take another game in this series now that the Pacers are clicking on all cylinders, let alone three of them. The Magic might not be able to win their series against the Pacers, but they could earn at least another game.

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2012 NBA Playoffs, Magic Vs. Pacers: Reaction From Orlando's Game 4 Loss

The Orlando Magic are one game away from ending their postseason run. On Saturday, the Indiana Pacers beat the Magic on a pair of last-second free throws for a 101-99 win. That gave Indiana a 3-1 series lead, setting up an elimination game on Tuesday night in Indianapolis.

Breaking down the Game 4 loss, Orlando Pinstriped Post, SB Nation's Magic blog, examined a handful of lessons from the loss that could stave off elimination this week.

Among the more notable findings from OPP is a troubling trend with Chris Duhon:

I hate to beat a dead horse, but this Magic team just grinds to a halt when Duhon replaces Nelson at the point. In a game they won by two points in overtime, the Pacers outscored Orlando by 15 with Duhon running the host's offense, and it's easy to see why. With Duhon at the helm, Orlando shot 3-of-11 from the floor for 11 points while committing a whopping seven turnovers.

It really is well past time for Van Gundy to call on Ish Smith, as it's clear that Duhon can't handle Indiana's defense.

Game 5 is scheduled for Tuesday night at 7:00 p.m. Eastern.

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2012 NBA Playoffs, Magic Vs. Pacers Final Score: Orlando On The Brink After Devastating 101-99 OT Loss

At the beginning of the fourth quarter, it appeared as though the Orlando Magic had no chance to win a pivotal Game 4 against their first round opponent, the Indiana Pacers. With Orlando trailing by a score of 80-63 with 8:47 to go in the final stanza, it seemed as though the Magic were going down without a fight.

However, the team refused to give up, battled back and brought the game even at 89 on the back of a clutch three-pointer by J.J. Redick with only 28 seconds left in the quarter to send the game to overtime. Even after Indiana pulled ahead by six in the overtime period, the Magic kept battling and tied the game once again. Unfortunately, the game and potentially the season was lost on the final two plays of the game.

With 2.2 seconds remaining, Jameer Nelson committed a personal foul on George Hill and sent the Pacers' guard to line, where he sank both of his free throw attempts. The most devastating moment came on the final play, when the magic struggled to in-bound the ball and then Glen Davis missed a last second shot at the buzzer to cement the final score at 101-99 in favor of the Pacers.

Indiana now holds a commanding 3-1 series lead.

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2012 NBA Playoffs, Magic Vs. Pacers Game 4 Score Update: Indiana Leads Orlando 46-44 At Halftime

The Orlando Magic are putting up a fight at home against the Indiana Pacers after the first 24 minutes of action, the Magic trail the Pacers by just two points, 46-44.

For Orlando, Jason Richardson leads the team in scoring with 11 points followed by Hedo Turkoglu and Jameer Nelson who have seven points each. Earl Clark leads the Magic in rebounding off the bench with eight in the game so far.

For the Pacers, Roy Hibbert leads the team in scoring with 10 points followed by David West with eight points and Danny Ganger with seven points. George Hill leads the team in assists off the bench with six in the game.

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2012 NBA Playoffs, Magic Vs. Pacers Game 4 Preview: Game Time, TV Schedule And More

The Magic look to rebound in Game 4 of their series with the Pacers.

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2012 NBA Playoffs, Pacers Vs. Magic Final Score: Orlando Crushed In 97-74 Loss

The Orlando Magic were hanging tough with the Indiana Pacers early on in the game, trailing by only six points at halftime but in the second half just couldn't seem to keep up. The Pacers came out in the second half of the game and made a statement, putting down 32 points to Orlando's 17, amassing a big lead that they never relented and going on to win 97-74

Orlando just didn't have the offensive horsepower or the defensive mettle without Dwight Howard in the lineup to control the pace of the game. Glen Davis led Orlando in scoring at halftime with 16 points, scored just six points in the second half. J.J. Redick picked up 13 points off the bench and Jameer Nelson added 10 points, but outside of that the Magic's offense was non-existent.

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2012 NBA Playoffs, Pacers Vs. Magic Score Update: Orlando Trails 44-38 At Halftime

The Orlando Magic welcomed the Indiana Pacers to the Amway Center for Game 3 of the first round series in the 2012 NBA Playoffs. The series is tied 1-1 after two games, but the Pacers hold a 44-38 lead at halftime over the Magic, as George Hill has picked up 13 points in the first half and Danny Granger picked up 11 points.

Orlando was able to keep the pace a little bit, without Dwight Howard available Glen Davis has picked up the slack and leads the Magic in scoring in the first half with 16 points, including this neat little fade away jumper after a spin move.

It's hard not notice Big Baby's little dance at the end of that shot, so he explains it a bit in the halftime interview as he heads to the locker room.

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2012 NBA Playoffs: Magic Vs. Pacers Game Time, TV Schedule And More

The Orlando Magic stole the first game of the series with the Indiana Pacers in the 2012 NBA Playoffs, but in the second game of the series the the Pacers kept their bearings and evened up the series 1-1. The Magic are once again the underdog, but have fought tough through the series so far. In the second game, Orlando had to fight off being run out of the gym by Indiana, but still went down 93-78.

With a return back to the Amway Center on Wednesday night, the Magic will look to steal another game from the Pacers and take a 2-1 lead in the series. For Indiana however, they'll want to come out and dominate early on to avoid dropping another game and letting the lesser manned Magic team hang around.

Game Time: 7:30 PM ET, May 2, 2012

Location: Amway Center, Orlando, FL

TV: NBA TV

Series: Tied 1-1

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2012 NBA Playoffs, Pacers Vs. Magic Preview: Orlando Heads Home For Game 3

The Orlando Magic have been playing quite well so far in their first round series against the Indiana Pacers, and they have a chance to regain their one-game lead when they host Indiana in their building on Wednesday night. THe game is scheduled to start at 7:30 and you can find the game on NBATV.

The Magic got exactly what they needed out of the first two games in Indianapolis, a split and home court advantage to bring back to Orlando. But the Pacers are a very strong team and they could easily take one of, if not both, of these games against the Magic. It will be crucially important for the Magic to protect home court advantage here, because you don't want to give the Pacers a chance to close out the series on their home court.

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2012 NBA Playoffs, Magic Vs. Pacers Game 3: Game Time, TV Schedule And More

The Orlando Magic host the Indiana Pacers in Game 3 of the NBA Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. Can the Magic re-take the series lead home at the Amway Center?

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Pacers Vs. Magic, 2012 NBA Playoffs Game 2: Pacers Pull Away With Huge 3rd Quarter To Even Series

The Indiana Pacers evened their first round series with the Orlando Magic on Monday night with a 93-78 Game 2 win. The Magic once again took it to Indiana on their home floor, putting the Pacers on their heels throughout the first half and taking a two-point lead into the locker room. But Indiana would take control in the huge third quarter which was compounded by an Orlando disappearing act on the offensive end.

The Magic shot poorly in the first half but made up for it by pounding the glass and creating extra possessions. The poor shooting continued in the third quarter, but Indiana shored up the paint and pulled away with a 30-13 advantage that sealed it up. Orlando shot just 36 percent from the floor, which was clearly not enough against an Indiana team desperate not to fall into an 0-2 hole on its home floor.

The Magic put five players in double figures, but no one had a dominant game and each of the five did not shoot well. Glen Davis led Orlando with 18 points, and finished with a double-double effort by adding 10 rebounds. Still, Big Baby was just 5 of 16 from the floor and did most of his damage at the free-throw line.

But the Magic did what they needed to do, stealing a game in Indianapolis and shifting home-court advantage. The series now moves to Orlando for Game 3 at Amway Arena on Wednesday evening.

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NBA Playoffs 2012, Pacers Vs. Magic Game 2: Orlando Leads Indiana By 2 At Half

After scoring an upset in Game 1, the Magic came out much less efficient on offense in Game 2 but still took a two-point lead into the locker room. Orlando's Glen Davis has been impressive yet again, filling the void of Dwight Howard as best he can. Davis scored 14 points in the first half, picking up poor outside shooting from Orlando's guards. He did most of his work on the inside, drawing fouls against Indiana's front line and getting to the charity strip eight times.

Despite shooting 32 percent from the field, the Magic stayed in it by pounding the glass and continuing to lock down on the defensive end. The Magic had 12 offensive rebounds and ten extra possessions in the first half which made up for the poor shooting. Orlando out-rebounded Indiana by five in the first 24 minutes, continuing to take it to what many considered a darkhorse candidate to make some noise in the Eastern Conference. David West scored ten points but he was the only Pacer in double figures.

Orlando will look to continue to hit the glass, keeping Indiana on their heels to take a commanding 2-0 lead in the series.

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2012 NBA Playoffs, Pacers Vs. Magic Game 2: Game Time, TV Schedule And More

When Dwight Howard was declared out for the year with a back injury, everyone wrote the Orlando Magic off as a playoff doormat, and a means to an end for the Pacers in the first round. Well after a stunning comeback in Game 1, the Magic hold a 1-0 lead in the series and now have home court advantage. The Pacers will likely come out with their hair on fire in this game, but the Magic will have the motivation of all the naysayers behind them again; and that certainly worked for them in Game 1.

Here is all of the information you need to find the game on Monday night.

Game Date & Time: Monday, April 30th. 7:30 pm ET

Location: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana

TV Schedule: NBA TV

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2012 NBA Playoffs, Magic Vs. Pacers, Game 1: Orlando Finishes Game On 11-0 Run To Preserve Win

Trailing by three points with about 10 seconds remaining, Danny Granger caught the ball near the top of the key. But almost immediately, he was called for traveling and Indiana lost possession, giving the ball back to the Orlando Magic, who preserved an 81-77 win over the Pacers in Indianapolis.

The victory came as the result of a strong finish by the Magic. Trailing by two points with 4:05 left to play in the fourth quarter, Orlando prevented the Pacers from registering a point over the final four minutes. Meanwhile, it closed the game on an 11-0 run of its own.

Leading by seven points at halftime, Orlando pulled off the road win in large part because of the play of Glen Davis, Jameer Nelson and Jason Richardson, who finished with 16, 17 and 17 points, respectively. That initial lead after the first two periods, though, nearly fell apart during the third quarter after the Magic were held to just 13 points.

Game 2 of the seven-game series is scheduled for Monday night.

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2012 NBA Playoffs, Magic Vs. Pacers Game 1: Orlando Leads Indiana, 51-44 At Halftime

The Indiana Pacers might have homecourt advantage, but the Orlando Magic appear more than comfortable midway through Game 1 of the best-of-seven series, leading the host Pacers, 51-44, at halftime at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

A strong second quarter helped propel Orlando, as it outscored Indiana by eight points in the period and managed to build a seven-point lead at the half. Defense, even without Dwight Howard, has kept the group in control, as they have held the Pacers to under 40 percent shooting. Center Roy Hibbert had just eight points over 17 minutes, and only one player for Indiana is in double figures-- David West with 13 points.

Leading the Magic has been Glen Davis, Jameer Nelson and Jason Richardson, as the trio has combined for 30 points and hope to steal a game in Indianapolis.

To stay updated on Game 1 between the Magic and Pacers, follow this storystream. For more on the Orlando Magic, check out Orlando Pinstriped Post. For more on theIndiana Pacers, check out Indy Cornrows. All your NBA news and analysis can be found at SB Nation's NBA hub.


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2012 NBA Playoffs, Pacers Vs. Magic Game 1: Game Time, TV Schedule And More

The Orlando Magic, without Dwight Howard, begin their playoff quest for a championship on Saturday evening when they travel to Indianapolis to take on the Pacers.

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2012 NBA Playoff Schedule And Bracket: Magic Play Pacers Round 1

The Orlando Magic face the Indiana Pacers in round one of the NBA Playoffs. What is the full schedule for this opening series?

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