INDIANAPOLIS — Danny Granger scored 25 points to help the Indiana Pacers defeat the Orlando Magic 105-87 on Tuesday night and clinch their first-round Eastern Conference playoff series 4-1.
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 trailed by two at the end of the third quarter but outscored the Magic 36-16 in the final 12 minutes.
Jameer Nelson led Orlando with 27 points and made 5 of 8 3-pointers. Glen Davis, a thorn in Indiana’s side throughout the series, scored 15 but made just 6 of 17 shots. The Magic made just 5 of 16 shots in the fourth quarter.
Collison made a layup and hit a 3-pointer to give the Pacers a 78-73 lead with 9:33 to play. After Nelson drained another 3, Collison came back with a layup, then Leandro Barbosa’s steal and layup pushed Indiana’s lead to 87-80 with 6:49 to play and forced an Orlando timeout. A few minutes later, Indiana’s Paul George stole an inbounds pass and found Granger for a layup and a 91-80 lead. The Pacers dominated from there.
BULLS: Center Joakim Noah was out of the Chicago lineup for the second consecutive game because of a sprained left ankle.
Noah was in street clothes at the start of Tuesday night’s Game 5 against the Philadelphia 76ers.
He was injured midway through the third quarter of Game 3 when he stepped on Andre Iguodala’s foot while driving the lane and crashed to the court.
Noah shot free throws at the end of the morning shootaround on Tuesday but had a noticeable limp.
THUNDER: Starting center Kendrick Perkins was held out of Oklahoma City’s practice Tuesday while getting treatment for a strained muscle in his right hip.
Coach Scott Brooks said Perkins is still considered day-to-day as he recovers from the injury suffered in the clinching Game 4 of Oklahoma City’s first-round playoff sweep against Dallas. The Thunder won’t start the Western Conference semifinals until at least Saturday.
JAZZ: Guard Raja Bell says his career with Utah is over, calling the damage “irreparable” and saying coach Tyrone Corbin was “unprofessional” because of a lack of communication.
The 35-year-old Bell has one more year left on his contract but was hopeful the team would work out an offseason trade.
Bell opened the year as Utah’s starting shooting guard but saw his playing time diminish.
He did not play in Utah’s first-round Western Conference series, which San Antonio swept.