Magic Sweep Bobcats to Reach Second Round of NBA Playoffs; Bucks, Suns Win

The Orlando Magic completed the first four-game series sweep in franchise history to reach the second round of the National Basketball Association playoffs.

Vince Carter scored 21 points and the Magic, the second seed in the Eastern Conference, beat the Charlotte Bobcats 99-90 last night at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina.

“I was proud of our intensity and our resolve, especially in the two games here,” Magic coach Stan Van Gundy said during a news conference. “It was good to finish off the series.”

It’s the first sweep in a best-of-seven series for Orlando, which finished with the second-best record in the league this season behind Cleveland after losing to the Los Angeles Lakers in last year’s NBA Finals.

The Magic next face the Milwaukee Bucks or Atlanta Hawks, who are tied 2-2 in their best-of-seven Eastern Conference playoff series.

The Bucks beat the Hawks 111-104 yesterday for their second straight win at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee. Brandon Jennings scored 23 points for the Bucks, while Carlos Delfino and John Salmons each had 22.

The home team has won all four games in the series, which returns to Atlanta for Game 5 tomorrow.

The Phoenix Suns beat the Portland Trail Blazers 107- 88 last night in Phoenix to take a 3-2 lead in their Western Conference series. Channing Frye scored 20 points and Amare Stoudemire added 19 for the Suns, the third seed in the West.

Portland will host Game 6 in two days.

Four playoff series continue today, and both No. 1 seeds are in action. The Cleveland Cavaliers, the top team in the East, host the Chicago Bulls with a 3-1 lead and a chance to close out their series, while the Los Angeles Lakers host the Oklahoma City Thunder with their Western Conference series tied 2-2.

The Boston Celtics host the Miami Heat with a 3-1 series lead and the San Antonio Spurs visit the Dallas Mavericks with a 3-1 advantage.

To contact the reporter on this story: Erik Matuszewski in New York at matuszewski@bloomberg.net

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