2010 NBA Playoffs: Orlando Beats Atlanta, Most Lopsided Sweep

The Orlando Magic won game 4 of the 2010 NBA Playoffs Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Atlanta Hawks, winning 98-84.

Orlando won the four games by an average of 25.3 points – a total blowout that no one could have expected in a matchup between the teams that finished second and third in the Eastern Conference. It was the most lopsided four-game sweep in NBA playoff history, according to STATS LLC.

Vince Carter led the Orlando Magic in scoring with 22 points. Rashard Lewis followed with 17 points and 6 rebounds. Jameer Nelson had 16 points and 9 assists and Dwight Howard had 13 points and 8 rebounds.

“Guys are just focused. It’s unbelievable to see,” Carter said. “This is my opportunity for a championship.”

The Orlando Magic have won their last 14 games straight (including regular season games). They swept the Charlotte Bobcats in the Eastern Conference first round.

“We would have to be playing at our absolute, absolute best — like, mistake free — to beat that team,” said Jamal Crawford, who led Atlanta with 18 points. “That team is a great team. They have as good a chance as any to win a championship.”

“We’re playing for something bigger than ourselves, and we’ve got to do it together,” Howard said.

“I think our guys pretty well bring it every night,” Orlando coach Stan Van Gundy said. “If we’re better than you, we’re going to win most of the time.”

Jamal Crawford led the Atlanta Hawks in scoring with 18 points. Josh Smith followed with 16 points, Joe Johnson had 14 points and Al Horford had 13 points.

Joe Johnson of the Atlanta Hawks was booed by the home crowd at the start of the game and got the same treatment when he went to the bench with 3:51 to play.

“It doesn’t bother me, man,” said Johnson, who’s last shot was a 25-foot airball as the shot clock ran down. “I’ve got thick skin. I’ve been booed louder than that.”

Orlando becomes the third team in the past six years to sweep its first two best-of-seven series, joining Miami in 2005 and Cleveland in 2009. The Orlando Magic have defeated the Atlanta Hawks in 10 of their last 11 meetings.

The Orlando Magic will go on to play either the Boston Celtics or the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2010 NBA Playoffs Eastern Conference Finals.

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