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May 23

Second Look: Boston Celtics 94, Orlando Magic 71

Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel: “Boston Celtics 94, Magic 71 holds a place in club infamy because of all that was riding on Saturday night. Desperately needing a victory to essentially keep a title-or-bust dream alive, the [Orlando] Magic caved in early and never recovered. The Sentinel asked small forward Matt Barnes just who that team …

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May 19

Second Look: Boston Celtics 95, Orlando Magic 92

Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel: “It’s up to the Orlando Magic now to bring back another game of basketball — not to mention their NBA championship dream — to Amway Arena. The Magic will leave the place for new digs next season, and it looked as if the Boston Celtics are swinging the wrecking ball …

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May 17

Second Look: Boston Celtics 92, Orlando Magic 88

Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel: “The worst thing that was required from the last playoff perfect team on Sunday was that they were forced to play perfect. The Orlando Magic were so far behind that a late comeback needed to be error-free, every shot had to fall and every stop defended. Even the beer vendor …

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May 11

Second Look: Orlando Magic 98, Atlanta Hawks 84

Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel: “For a team driven to be the last men standing, the Orlando Magic have hung around the least amount of time of any playoff entrant. It’s getting so you can see Dwight Howard more on TV in his movie trailers or in his cell-phone commercial than in a series. It’s …

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May 09

Second Look: Orlando Magic 105, Atlanta Hawks 75

Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel: “[Rashard] Lewis and the Orlando Magic continued their march toward a dream of winning a NBA title, dispatching the Atlanta Hawks 105-75 on Saturday to take a 3-0 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals. The Magic, beaten by the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA Finals last season, can sweep …

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May 07

Second Look: Orlando Magic 112, Atlanta Hawks 98

Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel: “The Orlando Magic remained the only unbeaten club in the postseason, pushing their winning streak to 12 games, including the last six of the regular season. They defeated the Atlanta Hawks 112-98 on Thursday night at Amway Arena to seize a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference series. Other …

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May 05

Second Look: Orlando Magic 114, Atlanta Hawks 71

Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel: “Who knew that the Orlando Magic would end up taking another day off? They certainly couldn’t have expected it to be this easy or their play to be this crisp once they blew off the cobwebs. But with their game in mothballs for seven days, the Magic showed none of the …

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Apr 27

Second Look: Orlando Magic 99, Charlotte Bobcats 90

Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel: “Maybe it was the heaven-sent 3-point shots — or the voodoo like Mickael Pietrus said. The Orlando Magic needed some sort of black magic to oust the Charlotte Bobcats 99-90 on Monday night, advancing to the second round of the playoffs with a 4-0 sweep. [...] Pietrus, born on the French …

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Apr 25

Second Look: Orlando Magic 90, Charlotte Bobcats 86

Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel: “Are the [Orlando] Magic conducting some bizarre experiment? It looks as if they’re now trying to invent new and different ways to win that don’t include four-time all-time star Dwight Howard and barely include eight-time all-star Vince Carter. Take Saturday’s game of charades. The Magic won despite committing 21 turnovers for …

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Apr 22

Second Look: Orlando Magic 92, Charlotte Bobcats 77

Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel: “Only 14 teams in NBA history have won a best-of-seven series after trailing 2-0. Like in Orlando’s 98-89 Game 1 victory, [Dwight] Howard again battled through foul trouble, held to another 28-minute night. Backup Marcin Gortat was re-signed at a high price for these situations and again played about …

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