Indianapolis: Danny Granger ensured the Pacers will be fresh for whichever team advances, scoring 25 points to help Indiana eliminate the Orlando Magic with a 105-87 victory in Game 5 on Tuesday.
"We haven't been in this position for six, seven years," he said. "Just to finally be back in the playoffs, finally to be competing for a championship as a high seed, is a great place for us to be right now."
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. 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.