Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Magic Stay Low Key after Taking Division

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Magic Stay Low Key after Taking Division

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The celebration didn't materialize. Orlando won its second successive Atlantic Division title Sunday, but didn't revel in the 98-79 victory at home over New York.

"It's not pyrotechnics, champagne and streamers and all that - personally I think we're beyond that," said coach Brian Hill, who is trying to get Orlando back to the NBA Finals. "This is something we want to do, put together a string of divisional titles as all great teams do. But I'd be lying if I said it's the ultimate goal."

Shaquille O'Neal, who had 32 points, was more direct. "I'm glad we clinched, but it's just a little step in what we're trying to accomplish. There's no room for celebration. They wanted to give us shirts. We don't want no stinking shirt." The Magic tied the league record for fewest turnovers in a game, three. It improved to 34-1 at home, where they won 40 consecutive regular-season games before losing to the Los Angeles Lakers last week. O'Neal went 11 of 21 from the field and 10 of 13 from the foul line to win his personal matchup with New York's Patrick Ewing, who had 30 points and 11 rebounds. * Pacers 118, Nets 100: Antonio Davis made the most out of his first start since Feb. 29 by scoring all 21 of his points in the first half, helping host Indiana beat New Jersey. The Pacers, beaten by the Nets in their previous three meetings this season, shot 82 percent in the first period and never trailed as Larry Brown became the franchise's winningest coach since it's been in the National Basketball Association. Brown's victory was his 143rd with Indiana, breaking a tie with Bob "Slick" Leonard. * Hawks 93, Celtics 92: Mookie Blaylock made two 3-point shots in the last 26 seconds, including the winner from the top of the key at the buzzer, giving visiting Atlanta a victory over Boston. The Hawks trailed 90-85 with 52 seconds left when Todd Day hit a jumper. …

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