DANNY GRANGER scored 25 points to help the Indiana Pacers defeat the visiting 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. Miami leads that series 3-1, and as the final minutes ticked away, fans began chanting, "Beat the Heat."
"It was electric," Granger said. "The crowd was crazy. They had a lot of momentum going. They pushed us in that fourth quarter."
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 five of eight three-pointers.
In another game *
At Atlanta, Al Horford scored 19 points in his first start since January, and the Hawks held on for an 87-86 victory over the Boston Celtics.
The Celtics lead the Eastern Conference series 3-2 heading back to Boston for Game 6 on Thursday.
Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett scored 16 each for the Celtics.
New York interim coach Mike Woodson says Jeremy Lin will not play in the Knicks' first-round series against Miami, even if they avoid elimination Wednesday.
The Knicks trail the Heat 3-1 and have lost guards Baron Davis and Iman Shumpert to knee injuries during the series. They had hoped Lin would be able to return from his April 2 surgery to repair torn cartilage in his left knee.
* Orlando Magic assistant Patrick Ewing is one of several candidates who will interview for the Charlotte Bobcats vacant head coaching position, according to a report.
ESPN The Magazine, citing sources, reported the Bobcats are expected to ask permission to interview the former New York Knicks star, who has been withe the Magic since 2007.
Other candidates, according to the report are, Golden State assistant Mike Malone, former Trail Blazers coach Nate McMillan, and Stephen Silas, the son of Paul Silas and a member of the Bobcats' current coaching staff.
* Utah guard Raja Bell cleaned out his locker and pronounced his career with the Jazz over. The 35-year-old Bell, who played with the Sixers from 2000-02, said his relationship with coach Tyrone Corbin is "fractured." Bell opened the year as Utah's starting shooting guard but saw his playing time diminish. In March, he was sent home from a road trip after a verbal spat with Corbin. He has 1 more year left on his contract but wants the team to trade him.
* Steve Nash agreed to become general manager of the senior men's national team for Canada Basketball. The 15-year veteran, who captained Canada at the Sydney Olympics in 2000, has played the last eight seasons for the Phoenix Suns and will be a highly coveted free agent this summer. His arrangement with the Canadian team is similar to the one Wayne Gretzky had with Hockey Canada in advance of the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.