INDIANAPOLIS, April 19 (Ticker) -- Jermaine O'Neal and the Indiana Pacers will head to the postseason with some momentum.

O'Neal had 24 points and 13 rebounds as the Pacers clinched the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference with an 89-83 victory over the Orlando Magic.

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Stephen Jackson added 22 points and Peja Stojakovic 17 for Indiana (41-41), which won five of its final six games and will face New Jersey in the first round of the playoffs. The Pacers won two of three games from the Nets this season.

"Those games were a long time ago," Pacers coach Rick Carlisle said of the games against the Nets during the regular season. "I don't think there's anything we can hang our hat on. They're going to come at us with great intensity. We'll have to play with force at both ends."

"We all know that (Jason) Kidd pushes the ball up very quickly and we best be ready," Stojakovic said. "I think if we can stop their transition game and get the ball to our big guys in the half court, we can hurt them."

Needing a win to finish no lower than sixth, the Pacers trailed for only 33 seconds. They held a 41-37 lead at the half, then extended the advantage to double digits entering the final period.

"I'm proud of the way the team finished the year," O'Neal said. "But now the real season starts. We played 82 practice games to get to this point."

Carlos Arroyo scored 17 points and Keyon Dooling 15 for the Magic (36-46), who used a late 11-3 run to pull within 87-83 with under two minutes remaining. But Orlando was unable to get any closer.

"That second unit came in and gave us some life and gave us an opportunity at the end," Magic coach Brian Hill said. "They (Indiana) didn't want to finish in the eighth spot. We knew that they had something to play for and it wasn't going to be easy. I just wish that we could have played better."