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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- DETROIT 21 24 23 26 94 ORLANDO 23 21 33 26 103 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: DET - GRANT HILL 30, CHRISTIAN LAETTNER 18, JERRY STACKHOUSE 17 ORL - PAT GARRITY 20, DARRELL ARMSTRONG 17, CHRIS GATLING 14

HIGH REBOUND: DET - JEROME WILLIAMS 12, JERRY STACKHOUSE 6 ORL - TARIQ ABDUL-WAHAD 11, TWO PLAYERS WITH 8

HIGH ASSISTS: DET - GRANT HILL 7, CHRISTIAN LAETTNER 5 ORL - DARRELL ARMSTRONG 7, TWO PLAYERS WITH 4

ATT: 14,253


Extended Box

DETROIT (94) AT ORLANDO (103)

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

HILL F 39 10-21 9-10 1 4 5 7 4 0 7 30 LAETTNER F 35 9-16 0-0 0 2 2 5 4 4 2 18 REID C 13 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 3 2 0 0 HUNTER G 36 4-11 2-2 0 3 3 2 6 0 2 12 STACKHOUSE G 34 6-13 3-6 1 5 6 3 1 1 3 17 WILLIAMS 36 3-5 1-2 2 10 12 1 1 2 2 7 MILLS 10 1-5 0-0 1 2 3 0 1 0 0 2 CURRY 17 1-3 4-5 0 1 1 1 2 0 2 6 BROWN 11 0-2 0-0 0 2 2 1 1 0 1 0 BUECHLER 9 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 MONTROSS DNP - COACH'S DECISION VAUGHT DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 35-80 19-25 5 29 34 21 23 9 19 94 (.438) (.760) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 20(24 PTS)

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

OUTLAW F 36 3-5 1-4 1 7 8 4 4 2 2 7 WALLACE F 13 1-1 0-0 1 4 5 1 2 0 1 2 DOLEAC C 18 5-12 0-1 2 6 8 0 1 0 2 10 ABDUL-WAHAD G 28 5-18 2-3 5 6 11 3 2 1 6 12 D ARMSTRONG G 34 5-11 7-7 1 6 7 7 3 4 3 17 GATLING 22 6-7 2-4 0 6 6 2 1 2 2 14 GARRITY 28 9-15 0-0 1 2 3 0 2 0 0 20 ATKINS 15 2-5 0-0 0 0 0 4 0 0 3 4 WILLIAMS 29 5-12 2-3 6 1 7 2 4 0 2 12 MAGGETTE 17 2-7 1-2 2 1 3 0 3 0 1 5 AMAECHI DNP - COACH'S DECISION M HARPRING DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 43-93 15-24 19 39 58 23 22 9 22 103 (.462) (.625) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 22(18 PTS)

DETROIT 21 24 23 26 - 94 ORLANDO 23 21 33 26 - 103

BLOCKED SHOTS: DETROIT - REID 3, BUECHLER, LAETTNER. ORLANDO - DOLEAC 3, WILLIAMS, OUTLAW. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DETROIT 5-18 (.278), HILL 1-4, HUNTER 2-5, STACKHOUSE 2-4, MILLS 0-3, BROWN 0-2. ORLANDO 2-6 (.333), ABDUL-WAHAD 0-2, D ARMSTRONG 0-1, GARRITY 2-2, MAGGETTE 0-1. TECHNICALS: DETROIT - HEAD COACH GENTRY, ORLANDO - GATLING, ILLEGAL DEFENSE 4. OFFICIALS: DAN CRAWFORD, SCOTT FOSTER, BENNIE ADAMS. A - 14,253. T - 2:26.


Box Score

DETROIT (94) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Hill 39 10-21 9-10 1-5 7 4 30 Laettner 35 9-16 0-0 0-2 5 4 18 Reid 13 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 3 0 Hunter 36 4-11 2-2 0-3 2 6 12 Stackhouse 34 6-13 3-6 1-6 3 1 17 Williams 36 3-5 1-2 2-12 1 1 7 Mills 10 1-5 0-0 1-3 0 1 2 Curry 17 1-3 4-5 0-1 1 2 6 Brown 11 0-2 0-0 0-2 1 1 0 Buechler 9 1-2 0-0 0-0 1 0 2 Montross DNP - coach's decision Vaught DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-80 19-25 5-34 21 23 94 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.438, FT-.760. 3-Point Goals: 5-18, .278 (Hill 1-4, Hunter 2-5, Stackhouse 2-4, Mills 0-3, Brown 0-2). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 5 (Reid 3, Buechler, Laettner). Turnovers: 20 (Hill 7, Stackhouse 3, Curry 2, Hunter 2, Laettner 2, Williams 2, Brown). Steals: 9 (Laettner 4, Reid 2, Williams 2, Stackhouse).

ORLANDO (103) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Outlaw 36 3-5 1-4 1-8 4 4 7 Wallace 13 1-1 0-0 1-5 1 2 2 Doleac 18 5-12 0-1 2-8 0 1 10 Abdul-wahad 28 5-18 2-3 5-11 3 2 12 D Armstrong 34 5-11 7-7 1-7 7 3 17 Gatling 22 6-7 2-4 0-6 2 1 14 Garrity 28 9-15 0-0 1-3 0 2 20 Atkins 15 2-5 0-0 0-0 4 0 4 Williams 29 5-12 2-3 6-7 2 4 12 Maggette 17 2-7 1-2 2-3 0 3 5 Amaechi DNP - coach's decision M Harpring DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 43-93 15-24 19-58 23 22 103 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.462, FT-.625. 3-Point Goals: 2-6, .333 (Abdul-wahad 0-2, D Armstrong 0-1, Garrity 2-2, Maggette 0-1). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 5 (Doleac 3, Williams, Outlaw). Turnovers: 22 (Abdul-wahad 6, Atkins 3, D Armstrong 3, Doleac 2, Gatling 2, Outlaw 2, Williams 2, Maggette, Wallace). Steals: 9 (D Armstrong 4, Gatling 2, Outlaw 2, Abdul-wahad). ____________________________________________ Detroit 21 24 23 26 - 94 Orlando 23 21 33 26 - 103 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Detroit 1 (Head Coach Gentry, 8:38 4th). Orlando 5 (Gatling, 10:55 2nd; Illegal Defense 4, 4:25 2nd, 1:45 2nd, 9:13 3rd, 3:05 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 14,253. T: 2:26. Officials: Dan Crawford, Scott Foster, Bennie Adams.


Game Story

ORLANDO, Florida (Ticker) -- Pat Garrity came off the bench to score 20 points as the Orlando Magic got Doc Rivers his first career coaching victory, 103-94 over the already struggling Detroit Pistons.

Garrity, who arrived in Orlando in the deal that sent star guard Penny Hardaway to Phoenix, was 9-of-15 from the field and capped a decisive 11-2 run with a basket with 3:19 to play that gave the Magic a 91-82 lead.

Rivers, hired to replace Chuck Daly as part of the Magic's massive offseason overhaul, utilized his roster of role players to perfection as Orlando pulled away late and won its home opener after a 100-86 loss at Charlotte.

"The difference (between last night's loss and tonight's game) was we weren't the ones getting blown out," Garrity said.

"I did not think about it at the time," Rivers said of his first win on the sidelines. "Actually, I didn't think about it until walking off the court and (forward) Bo (Outlaw) grabbed me and gave me the ball. That's when I thought about it and it's nice. I'll tell you what, I'd rather get one early and that's for sure."

The Magic, who finished tied for the best record in the Eastern Conference last season but traded four starters during the offseason, also got a solid bench contribution from Chris Gatling, who scored 14 points.

Orlando had six players in double figures, three off the bench, as Rivers used all 10 of his available players for at least 13 minutes apiece.

While the Magic bounced back, the Pistons looked to still be feeling the effects of Tuesday's double-overtime setback at Miami.

"We are a well-conditioned team. Everybody in the NBA plays back-to-back games," Detroit coach Alvin Gentry said. "It's the second game of the year, we cannot use that as an excuse.

"Pat Garrity really hurt us, Chris Gatling came in and gave them a big lift," he added.

Grant Hill scored 30 points and Christian Laettner added 18 for Detroit, which held a 45-44 lead at the half but was blown away by Orlando's reserves over the final 24 minutes.

"Disappointing game," Hill said. "I think the key to the game was probably on the boards. Maybe because we're anxious to get out and run and we're not doing that."

"We came in on the same boat, they played last night, we played last night but they just played better," Laettner added.

Darrell Armstrong, one of the few returning players that helped Orlando to a sparkling 33-17 mark last season, scored 10 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter, when the Magic sealed the win.

"It was a great team effort," Armstrong said. "I mean we had guys come off the bench and contribute so well. That's what we're going to have to do every night. We're going to have to bring the energy, not just one quarter, two quarters, not just one half, but bring it for all four quarters."

Detroit reeled off the first nine points of the final period, including eight straight from Laettner, who made a layup with 8:28 to play that pulled the Pistons within 77-75.

Armstrong answered with a 17-footer and Gatling made a layup before Laettner again got shot Detroit back into contention with back-to-back jumpers to cut the deficit to 81-79.

Armstong and Gatling again made consecutive baskets and again Laettner responded with an 18-footer. But Monty Williams, who had 12 points, finally put away the Pistons with a five-foot jumper and a three-point play that extended the lead to 90-81 with 3:38 remaining.

Tariq Abdul-Wahad, acquired from Sacramento for long-time Magic guard Nick Anderson, had 12 points and 11 rebounds for Orlando, which shot 46 percent (43-of-93) and held a whopping 58-34 advantage on the boards.

"If we play with heart and we stick to the plan and concentrate on what the coaches want us to do, we can play with anybody," Abdul-Wahad said.

Jerome Williams came off the bench and seemed to be the only Detroit player interested in rebounding. He had 12 boards and seven points in 36 minutes as the Pistons continue to try and fill the vacancy left by the retirement of center Bison Dele.

"What we have to do is rebound the basketball," Gentry said. "It's not like we gave up a lot of shots, we played hard. What we did not do is rebound the basketball, that is what it came down to tonight."

Detroit surrendered 24 points off 20 turnovers and shot 43 percent (35-of-80).

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