Ballin': Jameer Nelson is Confident the Magic Are Going to Beat the Hawks in the First Round

Chicago 102, Orlando 99: Please read nothing into this result, as Dwight Howard didn’t play (suspension) and both teams were already locked into their playoff positions. MVP Derrick Rose shot 13-of-17 and was perfect from the foul line, tallying 39 points. Not sure how they’ll try to stop him in the 2nd round. And yes, Rose is my MVP, slightly over Dwight Howard. Jameer Nelson got this halfcourt shot off in time; after the jump, see the one at the end of regulation that he didn’t get off in a time. Nelson clearly is confident about beating the Hawks in the first round.

Sacramento 104, Golden State 103: Marcus Thornton scored 11 points in the 4th quarter as the Kings beat the Warriors to surge into a tie with New Jersey (24-56) for the 4th worst record in the league. It’s a win that could wind up costing the Kings a few ping-pong balls. The injury-ravaged Nets, who will be without Deron Williams for the final two games, lost to the Raptors.

LA Lakers 106, Oklahoma City 120: On the final Sunday of the regular season, the two finalists from last year both collapsed in the fourth quarter. LA’s came at home, as it gave up a 17-2 run to the Thunder. That’s five losses in a row for the Lakers, and as you’re probably aware, they have never won a title in a season when they’ve lost that many in a row. It sounds damn near impossibly, since LA was just creeping up on the top seed last week … but suddenly, the Lakers are tied with Dallas for 2nd and could feasibly slip all the way to 4th in the West (and play Denver in the first round!).

Miami 100, Boston 77: Find me a Celtics’ fan who isn’t worried about the postseason. Boston’s backing in, having slipped from the No. 1 seed back in January to the No. 3 seed now. Oh, and Jermaine O’Neal is dirty and Boston’s bench (4-for-16 shooting Sunday) will be a situation to monitor.

New York 110, Indiana 109: Amare sat out, but Billups played 33 minutes and ‘Melo logged 36 (he scored 34 points on 28 shots, including the game-winning jumper and game-winning block). If the Boston-New York series goes seven, the Knicks will run out of gas. The over/under for this game, in case you care, was 220.

[Magic & Heat videos via @Jose3030]

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