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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- HOUSTON 17 26 10 30 83 ORLANDO 26 20 26 37 109 FINAL


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HOUSTON (83) AT ORLANDO (109)

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

HARRINGTON F 32 6-10 0-0 0 4 4 3 0 0 3 12 PIPPEN F 37 8-16 1-2 3 2 5 5 4 1 6 19 OLAJUWON C 36 9-13 3-4 1 9 10 1 2 3 2 21 DICKERSON G 26 2-6 1-2 2 1 3 1 3 1 3 5 MOBLEY G 28 5-7 2-2 0 2 2 3 1 0 1 13 BULLARD 24 0-7 0-0 1 3 4 1 3 0 0 0 DREW 12 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 2 4 0 1 3 JOHNSON 5 3-5 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 6 MALONEY 4 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 MILLER 19 2-3 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 4 PRICE 17 0-2 0-0 0 2 2 1 2 1 5 0 ROBERTS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 36-71 7-10 8 24 32 17 20 6 22 83 (.507) (.700) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 23(26 PTS)

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

GRANT F 29 2-6 0-0 1 6 7 2 2 2 0 4 OUTLAW F 31 6-7 1-3 2 4 6 1 0 2 1 13 AUSTIN C 25 5-7 1-1 0 2 2 3 0 0 2 11 ANDERSON G 31 8-17 1-3 1 4 5 0 1 3 1 19 A HARDAWAY G 32 7-13 2-3 2 2 4 11 2 4 3 16 ARMSTRONG 25 6-13 6-6 1 2 3 8 0 4 2 19 DOLEAC 23 3-7 0-0 1 2 3 2 2 2 1 6 M HARPRING 17 4-6 0-2 3 3 6 2 4 0 2 8 OVERTON 4 0-1 2-2 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 2 STRONG 19 1-3 0-0 1 1 2 1 2 0 1 2 D WILKINS 4 4-5 1-1 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 9 SCHAYES DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 46-85 14-21 12 28 40 32 13 17 13 109 (.541) (.667) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 13(20 PTS)

HOUSTON 17 26 10 30 - 83 ORLANDO 26 20 26 37 - 109

BLOCKED SHOTS: HOUSTON - PIPPEN 2, OLAJUWON 2, DREW. ORLANDO - GRANT, OUTLAW. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: HOUSTON 4-13 (.308), PIPPEN 2-4, MOBLEY 1-1, BULLARD 0-4, DREW 1-1, JOHNSON 0-1, PRICE 0-2. ORLANDO 3-10 (.300), ANDERSON 2-7, ARMSTRONG 1-2, M HARPRING 0-1. TECHNICALS: HOUSTON - PIPPEN 2 (EJECTED). OFFICIALS: HUE HOLLINS, TED BERNHARDT, TOMMIE WOOD. A - 17,248. T - 2:14.


Box Score

HOUSTON (83) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Harrington 32 6-10 0-0 0-4 3 0 12 Pippen 37 8-16 1-2 3-5 5 4 19 Olajuwon 36 9-13 3-4 1-10 1 2 21 Dickerson 26 2-6 1-2 2-3 1 3 5 Mobley 28 5-7 2-2 0-2 3 1 13 Bullard 24 0-7 0-0 1-4 1 3 0 Drew 12 1-2 0-0 0-0 2 4 3 Johnson 5 3-5 0-0 0-0 0 1 6 Maloney 4 0-0 0-0 1-1 0 0 0 Miller 19 2-3 0-0 0-1 0 0 4 Price 17 0-2 0-0 0-2 1 2 0 Roberts DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-71 7-10 8-32 17 20 83 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.507, FT-.700. 3-Point Goals: 4-13, .308 (Pippen 2-4, Mobley 1-1, Bullard 0-4, Drew 1-1, Johnson 0-1, Price 0-2). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 5 (Pippen 2, Olajuwon 2, Drew). Turnovers: 23 (Pippen 6, Price 5, Dickerson 3, Harrington 3, Olajuwon 2, Drew, Maloney, Mobley). Steals: 6 (Olajuwon 3, Dickerson, Pippen, Price).

ORLANDO (109) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Grant 29 2-6 0-0 1-7 2 2 4 Outlaw 31 6-7 1-3 2-6 1 0 13 Austin 25 5-7 1-1 0-2 3 0 11 Anderson 31 8-17 1-3 1-5 0 1 19 A Hardaway 32 7-13 2-3 2-4 11 2 16 Armstrong 25 6-13 6-6 1-3 8 0 19 Doleac 23 3-7 0-0 1-3 2 2 6 M Harpring 17 4-6 0-2 3-6 2 4 8 Overton 4 0-1 2-2 0-1 1 0 2 Strong 19 1-3 0-0 1-2 1 2 2 D Wilkins 4 4-5 1-1 0-1 1 0 9 Schayes DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 46-85 14-21 12-40 32 13 109 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.541, FT-.667. 3-Point Goals: 3-10, .300 (Anderson 2-7, Armstrong 1-2, M Harpring 0-1). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 2 (Grant, Outlaw). Turnovers: 13 (A Hardaway 3, Armstrong 2, Austin 2, M Harpring 2, Anderson, Doleac, Outlaw, Strong). Steals: 17 (A Hardaway 4, Armstrong 4, Anderson 3, Doleac 2, Grant 2, Outlaw 2). ____________________________________________ Houston 17 26 10 30 - 83 Orlando 26 20 26 37 - 109 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Houston 2 (Pippen 2 (ejected), 11:41 4th, 4:41 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,248. T: 2:14. Officials: Hue Hollins, Ted Bernhardt, Tommie Wood.


Game Story

ORLANDO, Florida (Ticker) -- The Orlando Magic are forcing foes to keep their guard up.

Powered by the three-pronged backcourt of Penny Hardaway, Nick Anderson and reserve Darrell Armstrong, the Magic remained unbeaten at home with a 109-83 trouncing of the Houston Rockets, who had another unpleasant visit to the Sunshine State.

The Rockets were so concerned with the Magic's big guards they started 6-4 Cuttino Mobley alongside 6-5 fellow rookie Michael Dickerson. Although Mobley scored 13 points in place of Matt Maloney, the kids were no match for the veterans.

"We were very confident once we found out they were starting two rookies in the backcourt, especially here in our place," Hardaway said. "It's tough for a rookie to come into a game of this significance."

"I did that because of the matchup situation," Rockets coach Rudy Tomjanovich said. "I thought it was a good matchup. Matt Maloney has been struggling a little bit."

The 6-7 Hardaway had 16 points, a season-high 11 assists and four of Orlando's 17 steals. The 6-6 Anderson collected 19 points, scoring from both the post and the arc.

"I thought that was Penny Hardaway's best game since he has come back (from last year's injury)," Magic coach Chuck Daly said. "He is really taking over the team and the game."

"It starts with the guards, myself and Nick," Hardaway said. "It starts off and then Darrell comes off the bench and gives us another lift, so that's big for us."

That is exactly what the lightning-quick 6-1 Armstrong did. He also scored a season-high 19 points, adding eight assists and four steals.

"The bug ... he's pushing it, baby," Anderson said. "He comes in and gives you that good solid defense, makes you work. He steps in, takes charges and gets up and down the floor. He's a sparkplug, we need that."

Anderson, Hardaway and Armstrong are the top three scorers this season for the Magic (8-2), who improved to 5-0 at Orlando Arena as they beat the Rockets for the ninth straight time in the regular season dating to March 1, 1994. Houston did win twice at Orlando as it swept the 1995 NBA Finals.

Hakeem Olajuwon had 21 points and 10 rebounds and Scottie Pippen added 19 points for the Rockets, who went 2-3 in a stretch of five games over six days. Houston lost at Miami on Saturday and has dropped nine straight regular-season games in Florida.

The Magic never trailed as they ran to a season high in points. Despite the additional size in Houston's backcourt, Hardaway and Anderson went right into the low post and forced Mobley and Dickerson to work.

"Let's put our guards in the post on pick-and-rolls," Armstrong said. "Michael Dickerson was on Nick. Nick's much stronger, so let's punish him. Let's see what we can get out of him."

Anderson scored nine points and Hardaway eight in the opening period, which ended with Orlando holding a 26-17 lead. A jumper by Hardaway extended the advantage to 36-23 with 9:15 left in the second quarter before Pippen took charge.

Pippen scored 16 points in the final 9:03 of the first half on an array of 3-pointers and drives. His 3-pointer with 25 seconds to go cut the deficit to 46-43.

"I tried to attack early when the post got filled," Pippen said. "I just tried to use that opoortunity to attack. Once you get the defense back on their heels, it opens up the outside opportunities."

However, Pippen did not score again and the Magic had a trio of spurts in the third quarter to take control. Isaac Austin scored six of his 11 points in a 7-0 spree that widened the lead to 10 points. Bo Outlaw scored six in a 9-0 burst that made it 64-47 with 5:32 remaining. And Outlaw contributed three as Orlando closed the quarter with eight straight points and a 72-53 lead.

Any chance the Rockets had of rallying was ended by Armstrong, who scored 10 points in the fourth quarter. The Magic led by as many as 28 points and Pippen showed his frustration by drawing a pair of technical fouls and an ejection.

"When Darrell comes in, that adds pressure in the backcourt," said Hardaway. "When he starts knocking down shots, they had a really tough task."

Outlaw scored 13 points for the Magic, who shot 54 percent (46-of-85) from the field and held a 40-32 rebounding edge.

Othella Harrington scored 12 points for the Rockets, who shot 51 percent (36-of-71) but committed 23 turnovers. Dickerson scored just five points.

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