Apr 30, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indiana Pacers guard George Hill (3) celebrates against the Orlando Magic during the second half of game two in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Indiana defeated Orlando 93-78. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-US PRESSWIRE

NBA Playoffs: Monday Night Games Reactions

Miami Heat 104            New York Knicks  94

Apr 30, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) is fouled by New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony (7) during the second half of game two in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at the American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

A closer game than the first one, but the Heat still have the edge 2-0.  Now the big storyline is the Knicks losing Amar’e Stoudemire for the rest of this series due to a laceration on his hand.  How did you he get that laceration?  Oh hitting the glass that surrounds a fire extinguisher.  Another weird injury to write up for athletes.  What a season for the Knicks, but it should be all over in 2 games?  The Heat have looked very impressive in just two games, but that’s what you get when you have this Heat team.

Indiana Pacers 93            Orlando Magic  78

Apr 30, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indiana Pacers forward Danny Granger (33) dunks the ball against the Orlando Magic during the second half of game two in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Indiana defeated Orlando 93-78. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-US PRESSWIRE

The Indiana Pacers used their smothering defense in the third quarter to put the brakes on this Magic team.  They outscored them 30-13 in that quarter, and were able to control the game from then.  Danny Granger looked much more comfortable in scoring his 18 points.  Three other starts scored double digits.  Perhaps the most interesting thing to come out of this game is the Pacers played without Roy Hibbert for much of the third and all of the fourth quarter, and still won in convincing fashion.  Hibbert will need to be better about his fouls come game three, so he can continue his dominance on the defensive side, and the Pacers should have game three.

Oklahoma City Thunder  102            Dallas Mavericks  99

Another close win for the Thunder, but a win is a win.  Russell Westbrook led the scoring barrage with 29 points of his own.  Kevin Durant put up 26 points to go along with that.   Dirk Nowitzki did all he could to keep the Mavericks in this game and with a chance to win, but it wasn’t enough.  The defending champs are on the ropes with a 2-0 hole, and the Thunder look to make it a three games edge come Thursday night in Dallas.

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