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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- DETROIT 23 20 25 13 81 ORLANDO 18 17 25 28 88 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: DET - LINDSEY HUNTER 25, GRANT HILL 18, DON REID 15 ORL - ANFERNEE HARDAWAY 27, DARRELL ARMSTRONG 17, MATT HARPRING 13


Extended Box

DETROIT (81) AT ORLANDO (88)

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

HILL F 41 7-18 4-5 3 4 7 6 3 2 7 18 WILLIAMS F 33 5-8 0-0 3 5 8 1 4 1 2 10 MONTROSS C 23 1-2 0-0 3 4 7 0 1 1 0 2 DUMARS G 33 1-5 0-0 1 1 2 1 2 0 0 3 HUNTER G 33 9-18 2-3 1 1 2 6 4 2 2 25 BUECHLER 19 0-6 0-0 0 3 3 1 0 1 1 0 REID 32 5-9 5-8 2 2 4 1 2 2 1 15 STACKHOUSE 26 3-6 1-1 0 4 4 3 1 0 1 8 DELE DNP - STRAINED RIGHT GROIN OBANNON DNP - COACH'S DECISION REEVES DNP - COACH'S DECISION VAUGHT DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 31-72 12-17 13 24 37 19 17 9 14 81 (.431) (.706) TEAM REBS: 4 TOTAL TO: 15(18 PTS)

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

GRANT F 37 5-8 2-4 3 2 5 2 2 3 0 12 M HARPRING F 37 5-9 3-6 1 6 7 5 4 0 3 13 AUSTIN C 22 1-5 0-0 1 4 5 2 3 2 3 2 D ARMSTRONG G 34 7-14 0-0 1 4 5 9 2 1 2 17 A HARDAWAY G 41 10-18 6-7 3 3 6 5 1 1 2 27 ANDERSON 27 4-10 0-0 0 8 8 0 1 1 0 9 B ARMSTRONG 5 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 DOLEAC 26 4-8 0-0 4 3 7 1 1 2 0 8 OUTLAW 11 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 SCHAYES DNP - COACH'S DECISION STRONG DNP - COACH'S DECISION D WILKINS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 36-74 11-17 13 31 44 27 14 10 12 88 (.486) (.647) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 12(12 PTS)

DETROIT 23 20 25 13 - 81 ORLANDO 18 17 25 28 - 88

BLOCKED SHOTS: DETROIT - HILL 2, MONTROSS. ORLANDO - GRANT 2, OUTLAW 2, DOLEAC. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DETROIT 7-17 (.412), DUMARS 1-3, HUNTER 5-8, BUECHLER 0-3, STACKHOUSE 1-3. ORLANDO 5-10 (.500), D ARMSTRONG 3-5, A HARDAWAY 1-1, ANDERSON 1-4. TECHNICALS: ORLANDO - AUSTIN. OFFICIALS: RON GARRETSON, (MICHAEL SMITH, KEN MAUER. A - 17,248. T - 2:19.


Box Score

DETROIT (81) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Hill 41 7-18 4-5 3-7 6 3 18 Williams 33 5-8 0-0 3-8 1 4 10 Montross 23 1-2 0-0 3-7 0 1 2 Dumars 33 1-5 0-0 1-2 1 2 3 Hunter 33 9-18 2-3 1-2 6 4 25 Buechler 19 0-6 0-0 0-3 1 0 0 Reid 32 5-9 5-8 2-4 1 2 15 Stackhouse 26 3-6 1-1 0-4 3 1 8 Dele DNP - strained right groin Obannon DNP - coach's decision Reeves DNP - coach's decision Vaught DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-72 12-17 13-37 19 17 81 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.431, FT-.706. 3-Point Goals: 7-17, .412 (Dumars 1-3, Hunter 5-8, Buechler 0-3, Stackhouse 1-3). Team rebounds: 4. Blocked shots: 3 (Hill 2, Montross). Turnovers: 15 (Hill 7, Hunter 2, Williams 2, Buechler, Reid, Stackhouse). Steals: 9 (Hill 2, Hunter 2, Reid 2, Buechler, Montross, Williams).

ORLANDO (88) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Grant 37 5-8 2-4 3-5 2 2 12 M Harpring 37 5-9 3-6 1-7 5 4 13 Austin 22 1-5 0-0 1-5 2 3 2 D Armstrong 34 7-14 0-0 1-5 9 2 17 A Hardaway 41 10-18 6-7 3-6 5 1 27 Anderson 27 4-10 0-0 0-8 0 1 9 B Armstrong 5 0-1 0-0 0-1 1 0 0 Doleac 26 4-8 0-0 4-7 1 1 8 Outlaw 11 0-1 0-0 0-0 2 0 0 Schayes DNP - coach's decision Strong DNP - coach's decision D Wilkins DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-74 11-17 13-44 27 14 88 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.486, FT-.647. 3-Point Goals: 5-10, .500 (D Armstrong 3-5, A Hardaway 1-1, Anderson 1-4). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 5 (Grant 2, Outlaw 2, Doleac). Turnovers: 12 (Austin 3, M Harpring 3, A Hardaway 2, D Armstrong 2, B Armstrong, Outlaw). Steals: 10 (Grant 3, Austin 2, Doleac 2, A Hardaway, Anderson, D Armstrong). ____________________________________________ Detroit 23 20 25 13 - 81 Orlando 18 17 25 28 - 88 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Orlando 1 (Austin, 0:01 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,248. T: 2:19. Officials: Ron Garretson, (michael Smith, Ken Mauer.


Game Story

ORLANDO, Florida (Ticker) -- With the Orlando Magic on the verge of a third straight loss, Penny Hardaway took control.

Hardaway scored 19 of his 27 points in the final period as the Magic rallied for an 88-81 victory over the Detroit Pistons that completed a sweep of the four-game season series.

The top team in the Eastern Conference, Orlando was coming off losses to Indiana and Atlanta, its first losing streak of the season. The Magic trailed by 14 points in the second quarter and 68-60 entering the final 12 minutes before roaring back behind Hardaway, who shot 6-of-6 from the field in the period.

"We have that killer instinct and if nobody knocks us out, then we're going to be right there to come back on you," Hardaway said.

"It's a terrific win for us, because when you lose one in a row, it's a problem," Orlando coach Chuck Daly said. "When you lose two in a row it gets worse, but once you get to three in a row you lose your confidence. It's important to get our psyche straightened out."

Since being shifted to shooting guard, Hardaway has averaged 25.0 points in nine games. But he did most of his late damage from the point, a position that limits his effectiveness.

"I like it better when I start at the 2 (shooting guard) because once I go to that position (point guard), I'm already warm, the legs are already loosened up, I'm right in the flow," Hardaway said. "When I start off there, I'm kind of sluggish, real slow, legs tight, can't get into any rhythm."

"We moved Penny to 1 to force a tough matchup," Daly said. "Then Penny got hot with the ball."

Darrell Armstrong scored 17 points and rookie Matt Harpring added 13 for the Magic, who surrendered only 13 fourth-quarter points and extended their home winning streak to seven games.

Hardaway won his nationally televised duel with Pistons star forward Grant Hill, who had 18 points, seven rebounds and six assists but also committed seven turnovers. Hill scored six points in the fourth quarter.

"He played real well," Hill admitted. "He stepped up and made some big shots for them. They played real well down the stretch and everybody stepped up for them. That is why they won."

"I don't call it getting away from us, I call it players stepping up and making plays," Pistons coach Alvin Gentry said. "We didn't let it get away; they took it."

Detroit (23-18) has lost four of five and remained one-half game ahead of Milwaukee for fifth place in the Eastern Conference.

Hardaway was the only player to score in the first 4 1/2 minutes of the final period. He made four straight baskets to pull the Magic into a 68-68 tie with 7:47 to go.

Hill's follow dunk ended Detroit's drought at the 7:22 mark but a 3-pointer by Hardaway gave Orlando the lead for good at 73-70 with 5:53 remaining. After a basket by Hill cut the deficit to one point with 4:48 left, the Magic went on a 9-3 spurt.

Nick Anderson began the burst with a driving layup and Hardaway had two free throws before driving underneath and kicking a pass to Anderson for a wide open 3-pointer and an 84-77 advantage with 1:21 to go.

"That's Penny Hardaway," Magic forward Horace Grant said. "More or less, he likes to get his teammates off a little bit and if we're struggling, as you can see, he can take over a game if he wants to. It was great and we really needed it."

Harpring missed two free throws but the omnipresent Hardaway rebounded the second and was fouled. He sank two foul shots to seal it at 88-79 with 27 seconds left.

Grant scored 12 points and Armstrong handed out nine assists for Orlando, which shot 49 percent (36-of-74) from the field and made 11-of-17 free throws -- all in the second half. Anderson contributed nine points and eight rebounds.

Lindsey Hunter had a season-high 25 points and six assists and Don Reid scored 15 points for Detroit, which shot 43 percent (31-of-72) and was beaten on the boards, 44-37. The Pistons were without starting center Bison Dele, who sat out with a strained groin.

"It is disappointing to have been swept by this team, because I really don't think they are that great of a team," said Pistons guard Jerry Stackhouse, who scored eight points. "I mean, they play well together, but this is a tough game to swallow."

Hunter scored 11 points in the first quarter as Detroit bolted to a 23-18 lead. Reid's two free throws with 8:36 left in the second period capped a 9-0 burst and gave the Pistons their largest lead at 32-18. The Magic closed to 43-35 at halftime behind 11 points from Armstrong.

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