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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- ORLANDO 20 24 16 20 80 CHARLOTTE 24 23 16 27 90 FINAL


ORLANDO (80) AT CHARLOTTE (90)

ORLANDO REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == ===

GRANT F 38 3-12 1-2 4 9 13 1 4 0 1 7 OUTLAW F 42 7-11 2-3 6 2 8 2 0 2 5 16 SCHAYES C 31 5-10 0-0 5 1 6 1 4 0 1 10 D HARPER G 39 7-16 4-4 0 2 2 10 3 0 3 20 WILKINS G 17 0-5 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 WEBB 9 0-3 2-2 1 0 1 1 3 1 3 2 STRONG 9 0-4 1-2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 EDWARDS 26 3-9 2-2 1 0 1 5 1 0 3 9 BENOIT 23 6-11 0-0 1 3 4 0 1 2 1 15 LAWSON 6 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 1 1 0 0 0 ANDERSON DNP - FLU A HARDAWAY DNP - STRAINED LEFT CALF

TOTALS 240 31-81 12-15 18 20 38 21 18 5 17 80 (.383) (.800) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 17(23 PTS)

CHARLOTTE REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == ===

MASON F 45 10-14 4-4 5 8 13 4 3 0 2 24 RICE F 43 5-15 7-8 1 3 4 2 3 1 3 17 GEIGER C 32 6-9 0-1 1 5 6 1 5 2 3 12 WESLEY G 42 6-10 2-2 0 2 2 13 3 3 3 15 PHILLS G 42 4-9 4-4 0 3 3 5 2 4 1 13 DIVAC 19 1-5 0-0 2 6 8 2 4 2 2 2 REID 5 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 2 BECK 6 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 2 MAXWELL 6 1-2 1-1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 ARMSTRONG DNP - COACH'S DECISION ROYAL DNP - COACH'S DECISION WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 35-66 18-20 9 27 36 28 22 12 16 90 (.530) (.900) TEAM REBS: 4 TOTAL TO: 19(17 PTS)

ORLANDO 20 24 16 20 - 80 CHARLOTTE 24 23 16 27 - 90

BLOCKED SHOTS: ORLANDO - OUTLAW 3, SCHAYES, D HARPER. CHARLOTTE - GEIGER 3, MASON. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: ORLANDO 6-15 (.400), GRANT 0-1, D HARPER 2-5, WILKINS 0-1, WEBB 0-1, EDWARDS 1-2, BENOIT 3-5. CHARLOTTE 2-7 (.286), RICE 0-1, WESLEY 1-3, PHILLS 1-2, MAXWELL 0-1. TECHNICALS: ORLANDO - HEAD COACH DALY. OFFICIALS: MARK WUNDERLICH, BILL OAKES, RASHAN MICHEL. A - 24,042. T - 2:00.


ORLANDO (80) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Grant 38 3-12 1-2 4-13 1 4 7 Outlaw 42 7-11 2-3 6-8 2 0 16 Schayes 31 5-10 0-0 5-6 1 4 10 D Harper 39 7-16 4-4 0-2 10 3 20 Wilkins 17 0-5 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 Webb 9 0-3 2-2 1-1 1 3 2 Strong 9 0-4 1-2 0-0 0 0 1 Edwards 26 3-9 2-2 1-1 5 1 9 Benoit 23 6-11 0-0 1-4 0 1 15 Lawson 6 0-0 0-0 0-2 1 1 0 Anderson DNP - flu A Hardaway DNP - strained left calf _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-81 12-15 18-38 21 18 80 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.383, FT-.800. 3-Point Goals: 6-15, .400 (Grant 0-1, D Harper 2-5, Wilkins 0-1, Webb 0-1, Edwards 1-2, Benoit 3-5). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 5 (Outlaw 3, Schayes, D Harper). Turnovers: 17 (Outlaw 5, D Harper 3, Edwards 3, Webb 3, Benoit, Grant, Schayes). Steals: 5 (Benoit 2, Outlaw 2, Webb).

CHARLOTTE (90) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mason 45 10-14 4-4 5-13 4 3 24 Rice 43 5-15 7-8 1-4 2 3 17 Geiger 32 6-9 0-1 1-6 1 5 12 Wesley 42 6-10 2-2 0-2 13 3 15 Phills 42 4-9 4-4 0-3 5 2 13 Divac 19 1-5 0-0 2-8 2 4 2 Reid 5 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 2 Beck 6 1-1 0-0 0-0 1 1 2 Maxwell 6 1-2 1-1 0-0 0 0 3 Armstrong DNP - coach's decision Royal DNP - coach's decision Williams DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-66 18-20 9-36 28 22 90 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.530, FT-.900. 3-Point Goals: 2-7, .286 (Rice 0-1, Wesley 1-3, Phills 1-2, Maxwell 0-1). Team rebounds: 4. Blocked shots: 4 (Geiger 3, Mason). Turnovers: 19 (Geiger 3, Rice 3, Wesley 3, Divac 2, Mason 2, Beck, Phills, Reid). Steals: 12 (Phills 4, Wesley 3, Divac 2, Geiger 2, Rice). ____________________________________________ Orlando 20 24 16 20 - 80 Charlotte 24 23 16 27 - 90 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Orlando 1 (Head Coach Daly, 5:37 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 24,042. T: 2:00. Officials: Mark Wunderlich, Bill Oakes, Rashan Michel.


GAME RECAP

Anthony Mason had 24 points and 13 rebounds and fueled a pair of bursts that powered the well-rested Charlotte Hornets to their fourth straight win, 90-80 over the weary Orlando Magic.

Glen Rice scored 17 points and David Wesley added 15 and a season-high 13 assists for the Hornets, who used one of their best defensive efforts of the season to beat the Magic for just the second time in the last 11 meetings.

"We definitely came out hot tonight," said Mason, who shot 10-of-1 from the field. "We've been up and down lately and want to be on a high note, especially heading into the playoffs. We were hoping to run them and take them, out of their game."

"When we move the ball the way we did tonight, when we defend the way we're capable of, when we rebound and take care of the ball, the wins will come easier for us," Wesley said.

Derek Harper scored 20 points and Bo Outlaw added 16 for the Magic, who had field-goal droughts of nearly six minutes in the first and second halves and never held the lead in the final three periods.

The Hornets were playing for the first time since completing a 3-3 road trip on Wednesday. The Magic, who lost in triple overtime to Toronto less than 24 hours earlier, suffered their second consecutive setback after a five-game winning streak.

"We just can't score points," Magic coach Chuck Daly said. "We gave up easy shots tonight and didn't make the ones we were given. We have to try and work and get better execution and get some of our players back."

Charlotte welcomed back center Vlade Divac, who had missed the last 18 games with a chipped bone near his left knee. Divac did not start and finished with two points and eight rebounds in 19 minutes. Orlando again was without red-hot Nick Anderson, who missed his second straight game with the flu.

"It's good to be home. It's also good to see Vlade play," Hornets coach Dave Cowens said. "They rebounded more than I would have liked them to. Our defense and ball movement was not as sharp as it's been the last few nights but when we seemed to open it up and run, we did well."

A layup by Danny Schayes cut Orlando's deficit to 65-62 with 11:17 remaining before Charlotte scored 17 of the next 24 points to put away the game. Mason scored seven points and Rice and Matt Geiger added four apiece in the burst, which Wesley capped at 82-69 with a jumper with 3:44 to go.

The Hornets took the lead for good late in the first quarter, holding the Magic without a basket for a 5:37 span that spilled into the second period. A layup by Rice with 2:04 remaining triggered a 20-5 burst that snapped a 20-20 tie.

Mason scored seven points and Bobby Phills added four in the spurt. A layup by Schayes with 9:43 left in the second quarter ended the Magic's drought, but a free throw by Vernon Maxwell gave the Hornets a 40-25 lead with 5:37 remaining in the first half.

"Mason is a player who can definitely play the game," Outlaw said. "He knows his limits and he uses his strengths. he played hard against us under the boards tonight."

Orlando answered with a 19-5 run, featuring 10 points from David Benoit. A layup by Harper cut the deficit to 45-44 with 21 seconds left, but Charlotte's Corey Beck hit a jumper with 2.8 seconds to go in the half and Orlando again went cold to start the third quarter.

Jumpers by Mason and Rice and layups by Wesley and Geiger built the Hornets' lead to 55-44 with 7:34 left in the third quarter. The Magic did not score until Outlaw's jumper with 6:18 to go but fought back to 63-60 entering the final 12 minutes.

"We did not come out in the third quarter with the intensity we needed," Harper said. "At the end of the third quarter, we dug ourselves a hole. Then the fatigue factor came into play."

Phills scored 13 points and Geiger 12 for the Hornets, who shot 53 percent (35-of-66) from the field and made 18-of-20 from the line.

"When we get everyone contributing like tonight, we can play with anyone," Rice said. "We shouldn't have struggled latee in the game, though. We have to put them away."

Benoit scored 15 points and Schayes 10 for the Magic, who shot just 38 percent (31-of-81), made 12-of-15 free throws and held a 38-36 edge on the glass.

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