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NBA playoffs: Pacers waste big lead, but hold on


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"I was just determined to try and win," Hill said. "My teammates believed in me, and I got to knock down a couple of big shots. I get to ride my teammates coattails and fill in a little bit."

All five Magic starters reached double figures, with Nelson adding 12 points and Ryan Anderson and Hedo Turkoglu chipping in 11.

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"I got a great shot off. Just short," Davis said of his final attempt. "It was on line. It was right there, but it was short. Two inches or one-inch up and we’d probably be playing more overtime right now or celebrating ... It’s a fight now. Fight to see another day. Another game. Can’t worry about it. Can’t let it affect us."

Van Gundy said before the game that he thought he left his starting unit on the floor too long to begin Game 3. He went to the bench for the first time with just over five minutes to go on Saturday.

But Orlando’s second unit struggled to provide the same boost it had in the previous three games.

Still, with Anderson starting out with one of his better offensive games of the series, some rejuvenated play by Turkoglu and strong free throw shooting, the Magic were able to keep nipping at the Pacers in the second half and down the stretch

Things got a little testy early in the fourth quarter, when Orlando’s J.J Redick picked up a technical foul after a post-play skirmish with Indiana forward Tyler Hansbrough.

There were also a handful of foul calls that the Magic players took issue with and seemed to play into their frustrations as the Pacers built an 82-63 lead.

Orlando wasn’t done, though, and used a 14-0 run to cut it to 82-77 with 4:40 to play, prompting the second Pacers’ timeout in two-minute stretch.

Richardson nailed a 25-footer to trim it back to five and it was 89-86 after two Davis free-throws.


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That was still the score when Redick got free on an out of bounds play and hit a 3 from the wing to tie it with 38.7 left.

A desperation 3-pointer by Hill with the shot winding down resulted in a shot clock violation and gave Orlando the ball with 14.7 showing in the clock, but Nelson’s fade away jumper in the lane fell short at the buzzer.

West said after sweating out Saturday’s win, they are going back home focused, but mindful that the Magic aren’t about the lay down.

"It is hard to win games period," he said. "We will take the win. I thought it was good from the perspective that we made a lot of mistakes ... We were still able to respond and come out of here with a win."



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