Magic finish 2nd straight sweep with win over Hawks

May 11, 2010

The Magic are playing like a team that will settle for nothing less than its first NBA championship.

Vince Carter scored 22 points to lead another dominating performance by the Magic, who finished off their second straight playoff sweep with a 98-84 victory over the Hawks on Monday night in Atlanta.

Orlando won the four games by an average of 25 points — a total blowout that few could have expected in a matchup between the teams that finished second and third in the Eastern Conference.

But the Magic, who lost to the Lakers in last year's NBA Finals, are playing their best at the most important time of the season. They have won 14 in a row — the last eight in the playoffs — and 28 of 31 games.

They barely broke a sweat against the Hawks. Atlanta held Dwight Howard to 13 points and eight rebounds, but the Magic had no shortage of other options.

Jameer Nelson was unstoppable, baffling the Hawks with his quickness as the Magic raced out to a quick lead in the first half. He finished with 16 points and nine assists. Rashard Lewis scored 17 points, knocking down four 3-pointers. Mickael Pietrus scored 12 points — all from beyond the arc.

Hawks star Joe Johnson finished off a miserable series by scoring 14 points on 5-of-15 shooting. AP

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