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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Heat Hold Off Magic to Clinch Series

MIAMI, -- The Miami Heat withstood one last comeback by the Orlando Magic and held on for a 91-83 victory in the deciding fifth game of their first-round playoff series.


Orlando scored 10 consecutive points midway through the fourth quarter Sunday and reduced a 17-point deficit to three, but Tim Hardaway shook off a shooting slump to hit two baskets -- an off-balance 20-footer and a 3-pointer from 24 feet -- in the final 43 seconds to clinch the victory.


The Heat survived Penny Hardaway's 33-point effort to win a playoff series for the first time in their nine-year history.


Miami, the Atlantic Division champion, advanced to the second round against coach Pat Riley's former team, the New York Knicks. The opening game in the best-of-seven series will be Wednesday at Miami Arena.


Hawks 84, Pistons 79. In Atlanta, Dikembe Mutombo showed why he's the NBA defensive player of the year, making two key defensive plays late in the fourth quarter of Atlanta's clinching victory.


The Hawks, who trailed 2-1 in the best-of-five series, won the final two games to earn a meeting with the defending NBA champion Chicago Bulls in the second round. Game 1 is Tuesday night at the United Center in Chicago.


With the score tied at 77, Grant Hill drove to the baseline for a dunk, but the shot was deflected away by Mutombo. Christian Laettner hit a 17-footer as the 24-second clock expired to put the Hawks ahead to stay, 79-77, with 1:14 remaining.


Hill then drove around Mutombo and headed to the hoop trying to pull the Pistons even, but Atlanta's 7-foot-2 center caught Hill from behind and got a hand on the shot.


Steve Smith then made a 3-pointer from deep in the left corner as he was falling out of bounds with 41.7 seconds to go.


Jazz 93, Lakers 77. In Salt Lake City, Karl Malone had 23 points and 13 rebounds to lead Utah past Los Angeles in the opener of their second-round series.


Malone, 9-of-21 from the floor, also had two blocked shots and a pair of steals for the Jazz, who will try for a 2-0 lead in the best-of-7 series Tuesday night.


Shaquille O'Neal, playing little more than 40 hours after Los Angeles rallied to beat Portland in the first round, shot just 6-of-16 for 17 points -- his lowest production of the playoffs.


Nick Van Exel had 23 points to lead the Lakers, who were outshot 45.8 percent to 34.2 percent. Los Angeles had only 27 field goals in the game.


Larry Brown was to be named head coach of the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday.


Team sources confirmed that Brown, 56, has agreed to become the 76ers' sixth coach in seven seasons. He will replace Johnny Davis, who was fired the day after the team finished the season 22-60.


Vice president Dave Coskey said the team would have "a major announcement'' Monday, but declined to confirm it involves the hiring of Brown, who resigned as coach of the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday.