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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- ATLANTA 17 21 16 13 67 ORLANDO 25 15 8 22 70 FINAL


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ATLANTA (67) AT ORLANDO (70)

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

ELLIS F 40 6-14 3-5 4 6 10 0 2 0 2 15 LONG F 38 1-7 2-2 3 1 4 1 5 2 5 4 MUTOMBO C 40 7-14 9-12 3 9 12 1 2 1 3 23 BLAYLOCK G 42 2-15 3-4 0 3 3 5 1 5 5 8 CORBIN G 43 5-13 0-0 1 6 7 0 2 1 1 11 CRAWFORD 3 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 JOHNSON 19 1-2 2-2 0 3 3 2 2 0 2 4 MCLEOD 7 0-2 0-0 0 2 2 0 1 0 0 0 WEST 8 1-1 0-0 1 0 1 2 4 0 0 2 GRAY DNP - COACH'S DECISION HENDERSON DNP - BACK SPASMS SHEPPARD DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 23-69 19-25 12 30 42 11 20 9 18 67 (.333) (.760) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 18(13 PTS)

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

GRANT F 38 2-7 0-0 3 6 9 0 2 0 0 4 OUTLAW F 24 1-3 2-2 2 1 3 1 6 2 1 4 AUSTIN C 31 4-14 3-4 3 3 6 1 3 4 3 11 ANDERSON G 37 7-16 0-1 1 6 7 1 2 0 3 15 A HARDAWAY G 42 5-14 9-12 2 8 10 9 2 2 4 19 ARMSTRONG 20 2-10 0-2 0 2 2 3 3 1 3 5 DOLEAC 13 2-5 0-0 0 1 1 1 2 0 0 4 M HARPRING 17 2-5 0-0 2 0 2 0 2 0 1 4 STRONG 10 0-1 0-0 0 2 2 0 1 1 0 0 D WILKINS 8 1-3 2-2 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 4 SCHAYES DNP - COACH'S DECISION SIMON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 26-78 16-23 14 30 44 16 23 10 15 70 (.333) (.696) TEAM REBS: 14 TOTAL TO: 16(11 PTS)

ATLANTA 17 21 16 13 - 67 ORLANDO 25 15 8 22 - 70

BLOCKED SHOTS: ATLANTA - MUTOMBO 3, JOHNSON 2. ORLANDO - A HARDAWAY, D WILKINS, GRANT. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: ATLANTA 2-7 (.286), BLAYLOCK 1-4, CORBIN 1-3. ORLANDO 2-15 (.133), ANDERSON 1-7, A HARDAWAY 0-1, ARMSTRONG 1-6, D WILKINS 0-1. TECHNICALS: ATLANTA - HEAD COACH WILKENS. OFFICIALS: JOE CRAWFORD, LEON WOOD, MARC DAVIS. A - 15,359. T - 2:13.


Box Score

ATLANTA (67) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Ellis 40 6-14 3-5 4-10 0 2 15 Long 38 1-7 2-2 3-4 1 5 4 Mutombo 40 7-14 9-12 3-12 1 2 23 Blaylock 42 2-15 3-4 0-3 5 1 8 Corbin 43 5-13 0-0 1-7 0 2 11 Crawford 3 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Johnson 19 1-2 2-2 0-3 2 2 4 Mcleod 7 0-2 0-0 0-2 0 1 0 West 8 1-1 0-0 1-1 2 4 2 Gray DNP - coach's decision Henderson DNP - back spasms Sheppard DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 23-69 19-25 12-42 11 20 67 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.333, FT-.760. 3-Point Goals: 2-7, .286 (Blaylock 1-4, Corbin 1-3). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 5 (Mutombo 3, Johnson 2). Turnovers: 18 (Blaylock 5, Long 5, Mutombo 3, Ellis 2, Johnson 2, Corbin). Steals: 9 (Blaylock 5, Long 2, Corbin, Mutombo).

ORLANDO (70) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Grant 38 2-7 0-0 3-9 0 2 4 Outlaw 24 1-3 2-2 2-3 1 6 4 Austin 31 4-14 3-4 3-6 1 3 11 Anderson 37 7-16 0-1 1-7 1 2 15 A Hardaway 42 5-14 9-12 2-10 9 2 19 Armstrong 20 2-10 0-2 0-2 3 3 5 Doleac 13 2-5 0-0 0-1 1 2 4 M Harpring 17 2-5 0-0 2-2 0 2 4 Strong 10 0-1 0-0 0-2 0 1 0 D Wilkins 8 1-3 2-2 1-2 0 0 4 Schayes DNP - coach's decision Simon DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 26-78 16-23 14-44 16 23 70 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.333, FT-.696. 3-Point Goals: 2-15, .133 (Anderson 1-7, A Hardaway 0-1, Armstrong 1-6, D Wilkins 0-1). Team rebounds: 14. Blocked shots: 3 (A Hardaway, D Wilkins, Grant). Turnovers: 16 (A Hardaway 4, Anderson 3, Armstrong 3, Austin 3, M Harpring, Outlaw). Steals: 10 (Austin 4, A Hardaway 2, Outlaw 2, Armstrong, Strong). ____________________________________________ Atlanta 17 21 16 13 - 67 Orlando 25 15 8 22 - 70 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Atlanta 1 (Head Coach Wilkens, 11:23 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 15,359. T: 2:13. Officials: Joe Crawford, Leon Wood, Marc Davis.


Game Story

ORLANDO, Florida (Ticker) -- Penny Hardaway had his best game of the season with 19 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists as the Orlando Magic remained perfect at home with a 70-67 victory over the Atlanta Hawks.

Hardaway's near triple-double came one day after a loss at Miami which led to a tirade against the officials. The NBA took no action but Hardaway is expected to be fined.

"I thought Penny struggled shooting, but, man, did he take the ball to the basket tonight," Orlando coach Chuck Daly said. "He became a force, definitely."

After being outscored 16-8 in the third quarter, the Magic entered the final period trailing 54-48. They fought back to take a 64-63 lead on Darrell Armstrong's 3-pointer with 3:29 to play and went ahead for good, 68-67, on a pair of free throws by Isaac Austin with just 9.1 seconds left. Hardaway sealed the win by sinking two free throws with 1.2 ticks remaining.

"I'm struggling so bad offensively and we're still winning ballgames, so there has to be a light at the end of the tunnel," said Hardaway, who was 5-of-14 from the field. "I haven't seen the light at the end of the tunnel with the jump shot yet."

The Magic improved to 8-0 at home and beat the Hawks for the second time this season. Orlando posted a 99-94 victory at Atlanta on February 19.

Dikembe Mutombo, who entered the contest averaging just 8.3 points per game, scored a season-high 23 and grabbed 12 rebounds for the Hawks, who still are without injured guard Steve Smith and forward Alan Henderson.

"You have to try and forget this as soon as possible," Mutombo said. "Especially this season, you have to try and forget this quickly. I think by the time we go home and go to sleep and wake up, I should be able to forget about this loss and concentrate on tomorrow night."

Nick Anderson scored 15 points and Austin added 11 for Orlando in a lackluster offensive performance for both teams. The Magic and Hawks both shot 33 percent from the field while committing 18 and 15 turnovers, respectively.

The eight-point third quarter was a franchise-low for the Magic.

"As you can see by the stat sheet, this was two tired teams," Daly said. "But that's going to happen when you're playing this amount of games. The game is going to suffer some nights because you're trying to get something under your body to get yourself to move."

Atlanta had committed just 10 turnovers in winning its last two games but failed in a third bid for their first three-game winning streak of the season.

"We were not able to put any distance between us and them," Atlanta coach Lenny Wilkens said. "They hung around and hung around. We played hard and gave ourselves a chance to win and that is what you want."

The victory extended Orlando's lead to one game over Miami in the Atlantic Division standings.

Mark West's jumper gave the Hawks a 59-54 lead with 8:28 remaining with neither team looking capable of mounting a surge. But Armstrong made a driving layup and Horace Grant drained a 17-footer to cut the deficit to 59-58 with 6:51 left.

Mutombo hit a pair of free throws and Blaylock a running jumper in the lane to push the lead to 63-59, but Anderson answered with a 6-foot hook shot before Armstrong buried his 3-pointer with 3:29 to go.

"There ain't nothing frustrating when you win," Anderson said. "You take it if it was pretty or ugly. You don't be frustrated with a win."

LaPhonso Ellis, who had 15 points and 10 rebounds, drained a pair of free throws to give the Hawks a 67-66 lead with 20 seconds to play. But Austin drew a foul from Grant Long before calmly sinking a pair from the line to give Orlando the lead for good with 9.1 seconds remaining.

"This is a tough one to swallow," Ellis said. "You have to seize every opportunity that you get. Tonight we gave up a five-point lead and they made some big plays."

"I missed like five or six jumpers so my thing was to go to the basket and get fouled," Austin said. "I knew they would foul me and I had a better opportunity shooting free throws."

Mutombo, who managed just two points in the fourth quarter, missed a jumper after Austin's free throws and fouled Hardaway after the 6-7 point guard pulled down the rebound.

The teams' putrid shooting performance extended beyond the arc, where Orlando was 2-of-15 and Atlanta 2-of-7.

The Hawks, whose scoring performance was a season-low, slipped 1 1/2 games behind first-place Indiana in the Central Division.

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