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NBA CORRECTION

FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- MIAMI 17 21 17 24 79 ORLANDO 18 17 24 17 76 FINAL


MIAMI (79) AT ORLANDO (76)

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

MAJERLE F 37 3-11 0-0 1 4 5 3 4 5 0 6 BROWN F 43 1-7 3-4 4 4 8 3 4 4 3 5 MOURNING C 42 5-14 8-8 4 6 10 0 5 0 4 18 LENARD G 24 5-11 3-4 1 0 1 0 2 2 2 15 HARDAWAY G 41 8-19 4-4 0 0 0 5 3 4 2 22 STRICKLAND 15 1-5 0-0 2 3 5 0 2 0 0 2 BARRY 17 3-6 1-1 0 0 0 2 1 0 2 8 CAUSWELL 5 0-1 0-0 2 2 4 0 0 0 0 0 MURDOCK 16 1-2 1-2 0 1 1 0 4 1 0 3 CONLON DNP - COACH'S DECISION LANG DNP - COACH'S DECISION WALTERS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 27-76 20-23 14 20 34 13 25 16 13 79 (.355) (.870) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 13(12 PTS)

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

OUTLAW F 44 4-7 2-6 8 7 15 3 2 0 7 10 GRANT F 39 2-6 3-5 0 10 10 1 2 4 2 7 SCHAYES C 38 5-10 4-4 2 3 5 3 3 2 2 14 ANDERSON G 38 12-19 5-7 1 6 7 1 3 0 4 30 D HARPER G 37 4-9 0-1 0 0 0 8 4 1 4 9 STRONG 19 2-10 0-0 3 3 6 0 2 0 2 4 PRICE 16 0-4 0-0 0 0 0 3 3 0 3 0 WILKINS 5 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 BENOIT 3 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 OLLIE 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 EDWARDS DNP - NOT WITH TEAM LAWSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 30-67 14-23 14 29 43 19 21 8 24 76 (.448) (.609) TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 25(28 PTS)

MIAMI 17 21 17 24 - 79 ORLANDO 18 17 24 17 - 76

BLOCKED SHOTS: MIAMI - MOURNING. ORLANDO - OUTLAW 5. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MIAMI 5-20 (.250), MAJERLE 0-5, LENARD 2-4, HARDAWAY 2-7, BARRY 1-4. ORLANDO 2-9 (.222), ANDERSON 1-4, D HARPER 1-4, PRICE 0-1. TECHNICALS: MIAMI - ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: RONNIE NUNN, RON OLESIAK, LEROY RICHARDSON. A - 17,248. T - 2:29.


GAME RECAP

Voshon Lenard hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to lift the Miami Heat to a 79-76 victory over the Orlando Magic, who were held scoreless in the final 1:56.

Tim Hardaway scored 22 points and Alonzo Mourning added 16 for the Heat, who fell behind 69-64 when Orlando's Nick Anderson hit two foul shots with seven minutes remaining.

"We made a great shot to win the game that was hard and closely contested," said Miami coach Pat Riley. "I don't think either team played well offensively because both defenses were getting into one another."

There was some initial confusion at the end of the game because referee Ron Olesiak originally ruled Lenard's shot came too late.

"I originally waved it off, but as soon as I did that, I realized that wasn't the correct call," Olesiak said. "I just thought I made the wrong call, and I just wanted to go over and confirm with my partners to make sure that (the) ball was out of his hand. They said absolutely and I went over and changed it (the call)."

"Calls weren't going our way the whole game," added Mourning. "Fortunate enough, that one went our way."

Miami intensified its defense down the stretch, holding Orlando without a field goal in the final seven minutes. The Heat used an 8-1 run to open a 72-70 lead on P.J. Brown's two foul shots with 3:11 left.

"We could have lost the game because we put them on the line with silly fouls at the end of the game," added Riley.

Orlando stayed in the game at the foul line as six straight foul shots -- two by Horace Grant and four by Danny Schayes -- propelled the Heat to a 76-72 lead with 1:56 remaining. Orlando scored its final nine points from the line.

"(Miami) did what they had to do," said Orlando coach Chuck Daly. "That is why they are leading the Atlantic Division. They hung in there and made the big plays at the end. It's a tough loss and one we just have to try to recover from."

Hardaway's two foul shots pulled Miami within 76-74 with 40 seconds left, before the Magic committed two crucial turnovers in the final minute.

"Fortunately enough, things went our way down the stretch," said Mourning. "It was tough. It was a nail-biter all the way to the end. But we continued to fight and we stayed in the game. We made plays down the stretch."

Mourning and Dan Majerle stripped Schayes as the Orlando center tried to drive to the basket. On the other end, Mourning missed a fallaway jumper on the baseline, but Lenard was fouled while grabbing the offensive rebound. Lenard made both foul shots to tie the game at 76-76 with 7.7 seconds left.

Miami got the ball back when Hardaway stripped Mark Price with 1.9 seconds to play. The Heat called timeout to get the ball at midcourt. Eight-tenths of a second went off the clock when an in-bounds pass was deflected out of bounds.

Miami finally got the ball into Lenard's hands on the left wing. After dribbling once, he got off a 23-footer just before the time expired.

"Evidently, someone got lost guarding him," said Daly. "It should not happen, but these are people playing the game. They are not robots. They are people and they make mistakes."

"It was a rhythm shot," added Lenard. "I had enough time to bounce the ball one time, and I took the shot and it went in."

Anderson scored 30 points and Schayes added 14 for the Magic, who dropped their third straight and fell 1 1/2 games behind New Jersey and Washington for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Miami, which opened a nine-game lead over the New York Knicks in the Atlantic Division, won for the 18th time in its last 21 games and improved to 3-0 against Orlando this season. The Heat has given up an average of 72 points in its three wins over the Magic.

Anderson led Orlando in scoring for the sixth straight game and for the 13th time in his last 15 outings. He is averaging 25.5 points in his last six contests.

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