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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- NEW JERSEY 29 27 25 17 98 ORLANDO 28 21 30 21 100 FINAL


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NEW JERSEY (98) AT ORLANDO (100)

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

FEICK F 38 2-4 5-6 2 5 7 3 3 1 2 9 GILL F 33 6-18 0-1 2 2 4 2 3 4 0 12 J WILLIAMS C 35 7-12 2-4 2 10 12 1 5 1 2 16 KITTLES G 42 7-14 3-4 1 1 2 5 1 4 2 18 MARBURY G 31 7-16 1-1 0 4 4 7 3 1 2 17 CARR 19 4-9 1-2 2 3 5 1 2 0 1 10 CUNNINGHAM 3 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 HARRIS 12 2-4 1-2 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 5 HENDRICKSON 17 1-3 1-2 1 3 4 1 3 2 0 3 PERRY 10 2-5 2-3 0 0 0 3 0 3 0 6 SEIKALY DNP - PLANTAR FASCIATIS VAN HORN DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT ANKLE

TOTALS 240 39-86 16-25 10 28 38 23 24 16 9 98 (.453) (.640) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 9(14 PTS)

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

GRANT F 36 6-10 1-2 3 5 8 2 2 0 2 13 M HARPRING F 30 5-9 2-4 0 3 3 1 3 2 3 12 AUSTIN C 29 3-8 3-3 1 3 4 5 1 0 5 9 ANDERSON G 40 10-20 6-8 0 10 10 1 2 2 3 28 A HARDAWAY G 39 8-14 0-0 3 8 11 5 4 2 1 16 D ARMSTRONG 31 1-7 1-1 1 4 5 8 3 0 4 3 DOLEAC 12 1-2 0-0 2 1 3 1 4 0 1 2 SCHAYES 3 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 STRONG 7 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 0 1 0 0 0 D WILKINS 13 6-13 4-4 4 2 6 0 1 0 0 17 B ARMSTRONG DNP - COACH'S DECISION SIMON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 40-84 17-22 14 38 52 23 21 6 19 100 (.476) (.773) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 21(32 PTS)

NEW JERSEY 29 27 25 17 - 98 ORLANDO 28 21 30 21 - 100

BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW JERSEY - KITTLES, GILL, J WILLIAMS. ORLANDO - D ARMSTRONG, AUSTIN, GRANT. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW JERSEY 4-15 (.267), KITTLES 1-4, MARBURY 2-6, CARR 1-3, HARRIS 0-1, PERRY 0-1. ORLANDO 3-16 (.188), GRANT 0-1, M HARPRING 0-1, ANDERSON 2-7, A HARDAWAY 0-2, D ARMSTRONG 0-3, D WILKINS 1-2. TECHNICALS: NEW JERSEY - ILLEGAL DEFENSE 3. OFFICIALS: HUGH EVANS, TONY BROTHERS, DAVID JONES. A - 16,226. T - 2:16.


Box Score

NEW JERSEY (98) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Feick 38 2-4 5-6 2-7 3 3 9 Gill 33 6-18 0-1 2-4 2 3 12 J Williams 35 7-12 2-4 2-12 1 5 16 Kittles 42 7-14 3-4 1-2 5 1 18 Marbury 31 7-16 1-1 0-4 7 3 17 Carr 19 4-9 1-2 2-5 1 2 10 Cunningham 3 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 Harris 12 2-4 1-2 0-0 0 2 5 Hendrickson 17 1-3 1-2 1-4 1 3 3 Perry 10 2-5 2-3 0-0 3 0 6 Seikaly DNP - plantar fasciatis Van Horn DNP - sprained right ankle _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-86 16-25 10-38 23 24 98 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.453, FT-.640. 3-Point Goals: 4-15, .267 (Kittles 1-4, Marbury 2-6, Carr 1-3, Harris 0-1, Perry 0-1). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 3 (Kittles, Gill, J Williams). Turnovers: 9 (Feick 2, J Williams 2, Kittles 2, Marbury 2, Carr). Steals: 16 (Gill 4, Kittles 4, Perry 3, Hendrickson 2, Feick, J Williams, Marbury).

ORLANDO (100) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Grant 36 6-10 1-2 3-8 2 2 13 M Harpring 30 5-9 2-4 0-3 1 3 12 Austin 29 3-8 3-3 1-4 5 1 9 Anderson 40 10-20 6-8 0-10 1 2 28 A Hardaway 39 8-14 0-0 3-11 5 4 16 D Armstrong 31 1-7 1-1 1-5 8 3 3 Doleac 12 1-2 0-0 2-3 1 4 2 Schayes 3 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Strong 7 0-0 0-0 0-2 0 1 0 D Wilkins 13 6-13 4-4 4-6 0 1 17 B Armstrong DNP - coach's decision Simon DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 40-84 17-22 14-52 23 21 100 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.476, FT-.773. 3-Point Goals: 3-16, .188 (Grant 0-1, M Harpring 0-1, Anderson 2-7, A Hardaway 0-2, D Armstrong 0-3, D Wilkins 1-2). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 3 (D Armstrong, Austin, Grant). Turnovers: 21 (Austin 5, D Armstrong 4, Anderson 3, M Harpring 3, Grant 2, A Hardaway, Doleac). Steals: 6 (A Hardaway 2, Anderson 2, M Harpring 2). ____________________________________________ New Jersey 29 27 25 17 - 98 Orlando 28 21 30 21 - 100 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: New Jersey 3 (Illegal Defense 3, 10:48 3rd, 9:47 3rd, 4:02 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 16,226. T: 2:16. Officials: Hugh Evans, Tony Brothers, David Jones.


Game Story

ORLANDO, Florida (Ticker) -- Darrell Armstrong finally stopped Stephon Marbury when it mattered most.

Armstrong's defense forced Marbury to miss a potential tying layup in the final seconds as the first-place Orlando Magic held on for a 100-98 victory over the last-place New Jersey Nets.

Marbury scored seven of his 17 points in the last 3 1/2 minutes, including a drive that gave New Jersey a 98-96 lead with 1:10 to go.

Nick Anderson, who had 28 points and 10 rebounds, tied it with a 20-footer seven seconds later. After New Jersey's Kendall Gill missed a jumper, Horace Grant faked a pass and sank a 14-footer from the right corner as the shot clock expired, giving the Magic the lead with 16 seconds left.

"Early in the game, they were playing the passing lanes very well and I had a couple stolen," Grant said. "They went for the fake and fortunately, the ball went in."

Marbury started at the top of the circle and moved left before attacking the basket. As he elevated, Armstrong forced him to change his shot and he missed. The rebound was tapped out to Chris Carr, whose potential game-winning 3-pointer banged off the rim before time expired.

"It felt good," Marbury said. "I thought it went in, but it didn't. You know at the end of the game you are going to get hit. That is all part of taking the last shot."

"We felt we had to win this," Armstrong said. "I mean, you don't want to let this one go, especially at home. You try and win all the games at home, as much as possible. We've already lost two, so this is definitely big."

Dominique Wilkins scored a season-high 17 points and Penny Hardaway added 16 and 11 rebounds for the Magic, who improved to 16-2 at home and moved one game ahead of Indiana for the best record in the Eastern Conference.

"In some ways we were very fortunate to win," Magic coach Chuck Daly said. "We struggled all night to get the lead. ... I think we were desperate. When we play at home, we get desperate."

Armstrong, who had averaged 22.3 points in his last four games and was named NBA Player of the Week, scored only three and handed out eight assists.

Kerry Kittles scored 18 points and Jayson Williams added 16 and 12 rebounds for the Nets, who have lost four in a row overall and fell to 1-15 on the road.

Again playing without injured leading scorer Keith Van Horn, New Jersey dropped to 5-24, the worst mark in the East. Van Horn missed his second straight game with a sprained right ankle.

"We got mutliple scoring without Van Horn," Nets interim coach Don Casey said. "We are getting there."

A steal and driving layup by Anderson capped a 6-0 burst and gave Orlando a 92-89 lead with 4:28 to play. A strong drive by Marbury ended a basket drought of nearly 3 1/2 minutes and a follow shot by Gill gave New Jersey a 93-92 lead with 2:53 left.

Grant answered with a layup but Marbury drilled a 3-pointer. A short bank shot by Hardaway gave Orlando a 96-96 tie with 1:50 to go.

Grant scored 13 points and rookie Matt Harpring added 12 for Orlando, which shot 48 percent (40-of-84) from the field, including just 3-of-16 from behind the arc. The Magic held a 52-38 edge on the glass.

Gill scored 12 points and Carr added 10 for the Nets, who shot 45 percent (39-of-86) and committed only nine turnovers while forcing 21, leading to 32 points.

Williams scored 11 points in the first half, which ended with New Jersey holding a 56-49 lead. Anderson and Wilkins kept the Magic close with 11 points apiece.

"Once you get in the flow and you get a good sweat going, your body loosens up," said the 39-year-old Wilkins, eighth on the all-time scoring list. "I do the things I've always done; nothing's changed."

"Dominique Wilkins hurt us," Williams said. "He came in and got 13 shots in 13 minutes. It takes me three weeks to get 13 shots. ... I told these guys (management) to go get him. They don't listen to me."

Williams opened the second half with two quick baskets, giving the Nets their largest lead at 60-49. Anderson scored eight points in the third quarter, allowing the Magic to close to 81-79 entering the final period.

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