``They gave us their first punch and we were resilient,’’ Magic coach Jacque Vaughn said. ``We kept our composure and kept them in the 20s scoring wise and did a good job. Coming into the third quarter we relaxed a little bit and you can’t have that.

``We’ve still got some work to do,’’ Vaughn continued. ``But this game says that we’ve done some good things to get ourselves this far. But we’ve got a lot of work to do. It’s going to be a challenge for us to continue to push and drive each other. Our margin for error is small and we can’t afford to have delay of games and give away points. It will be a very good test for us going forward.’’

Second-year power forward Andrew Nicholson scored all of his 18 points in a dominant first half to buoy the Magic early on. Veteran point guard Jameer Nelson played an excellent floor game and chipped in 12 points, seven assists and five rebounds.



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