April 30, 2009
NBA: Orlando 114, Philadelphia 89
Two 3-pointers by J.J. Redick keyed an early run Thursday and the Orlando Magic coasted into the second round of the playoffs by blasting Philadelphia 114-89.
Orlando eliminated Philadelphia in six games and will next meet the survivor of the riveting series between Chicago and Boston. The Bulls and Celtics will play a seventh and deciding game Saturday after Chicago produced a dramatic 128-127, triple-overtime win Thursday -- the fourth overtime game of that series and the third in a row.
Rashard Lewis helped pick up the slack by scoring 29 points and Rafer Alston had 21. Orlando shot 53 percent from the field and made 12-of-26 3-point attempts.
It was Redick, however, who ignited a surge in the opening moments from which Philadelphia never recovered.
The 76ers had a 5-2 lead 3 minutes into the game when Redick hit a 3-pointer. That touched off an 11-point run, during which Redick made another 3-point shot that gave the Magic an 11-5 advantage.
Orlando eventually built a 30-19 lead after one quarter and Philadelphia came no closer than five points the rest of the way.
Andre Miller led Philadelphia with 24 points and Andre Iguodala had 21.