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.

The Magic advanced in relatively easy fashion despite playing without star center Dwight Howard. He was suspended for one game for throwing an elbow to the head of Philadelphia center Samuel Dalembert Tuesday during Orlando's Game 5 victory.

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.