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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- MIAMI 26 30 27 26 109 ORLANDO 24 30 25 27 106 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: MIA - ALONZO MOURNING 28, ANTHONY CARTER 21, PJ BROWN 12 ORL - TARIQ ABDUL-WAHAD 21, CHRIS GATLING 21, DARRELL ARMSTRONG 15

HIGH REBOUND: MIA - ALONZO MOURNING 11, PJ BROWN 7 ORL - CHRIS GATLING 9, BEN WALLACE 7

HIGH ASSISTS: MIA - ANTHONY CARTER 9, VOSHON LENARD 5 ORL - DARRELL ARMSTRONG 10, MONTY WILLIAMS 2

ATT: 15,645


Extended Box

MIAMI (109) AT ORLANDO (106)

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

BROWN F 23 6-10 0-0 2 5 7 1 5 0 2 12 STRICKLAND F 23 5-6 1-2 0 3 3 1 2 1 0 11 MOURNING C 36 13-24 2-3 1 10 11 4 6 0 6 28 CARTER G 33 7-9 7-8 0 3 3 9 2 0 3 21 MAJERLE G 37 3-6 0-0 1 4 5 4 3 3 0 7 THORPE 13 2-2 2-2 0 3 3 1 4 0 3 6 LENARD 28 3-9 4-5 0 2 2 5 1 2 4 10 WALTERS 15 1-3 0-0 1 1 2 3 2 0 1 2 WEATHERSPOON 25 3-7 2-2 1 3 4 2 3 0 0 8 CAUSWELL 7 2-3 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 4 BUFORD DNP - COACH'S DECISION MASHBURN DNP - SPRAINED LEFT ANKLE

TOTALS 240 45-79 18-22 6 35 41 30 30 6 19 109 (.570) (.818) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 19(23 PTS)

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

WALLACE F 19 2-6 0-0 5 2 7 0 0 0 0 4 WILLIAMS F 28 4-9 2-2 2 4 6 2 3 0 2 10 DOLEAC C 12 2-5 0-0 0 0 0 0 4 2 1 4 ABDUL-WAHAD G 34 9-16 3-7 1 5 6 1 5 2 1 21 D ARMSTRONG G 32 5-16 4-4 1 4 5 10 2 4 2 15 GATLING 33 6-13 9-11 5 4 9 1 4 0 2 21 MAGGETTE 14 2-5 2-2 1 1 2 0 2 0 0 6 AMAECHI 23 5-14 2-3 0 2 2 0 4 1 1 12 OUTLAW 20 0-1 0-0 2 4 6 1 2 0 0 0 ATKINS 16 2-7 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 3 5 P GARRITY 9 2-4 2-2 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 8 K GARRIS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 39-96 24-31 17 28 45 16 27 9 12 106 (.406) (.774) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 13(13 PTS)

MIAMI 26 30 27 26 - 109 ORLANDO 24 30 25 27 - 106

BLOCKED SHOTS: MIAMI - MOURNING 4, CAUSWELL 2, STRICKLAND, WEATHERSPOON. ORLANDO - ABDUL-WAHAD. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MIAMI 1-7 (.143), MOURNING 0-1, CARTER 0-1, MAJERLE 1-3, LENARD 0-2. ORLANDO 4-10 (.400), D ARMSTRONG 1-5, GATLING 0-1, ATKINS 1-2, P GARRITY 2-2. TECHNICALS: MIAMI - ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: JIM CLARK, NOLAN FINE, PHIL ROBINSON. A - 15,645. T - 2:36.


Box Score

MIAMI (109) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Brown 23 6-10 0-0 2-7 1 5 12 Strickland 23 5-6 1-2 0-3 1 2 11 Mourning 36 13-24 2-3 1-11 4 6 28 Carter 33 7-9 7-8 0-3 9 2 21 Majerle 37 3-6 0-0 1-5 4 3 7 Thorpe 13 2-2 2-2 0-3 1 4 6 Lenard 28 3-9 4-5 0-2 5 1 10 Walters 15 1-3 0-0 1-2 3 2 2 Weatherspoon 25 3-7 2-2 1-4 2 3 8 Causwell 7 2-3 0-0 0-1 0 2 4 Buford DNP - coach's decision Mashburn DNP - sprained left ankle _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 45-79 18-22 6-41 30 30 109 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.570, FT-.818. 3-Point Goals: 1-7, .143 (Mourning 0-1, Carter 0-1, Majerle 1-3, Lenard 0-2). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 8 (Mourning 4, Causwell 2, Strickland, Weatherspoon). Turnovers: 19 (Mourning 6, Lenard 4, Carter 3, Thorpe 3, Brown 2, Walters). Steals: 6 (Majerle 3, Lenard 2, Strickland).

ORLANDO (106) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Wallace 19 2-6 0-0 5-7 0 0 4 Williams 28 4-9 2-2 2-6 2 3 10 Doleac 12 2-5 0-0 0-0 0 4 4 Abdul-wahad 34 9-16 3-7 1-6 1 5 21 D Armstrong 32 5-16 4-4 1-5 10 2 15 Gatling 33 6-13 9-11 5-9 1 4 21 Maggette 14 2-5 2-2 1-2 0 2 6 Amaechi 23 5-14 2-3 0-2 0 4 12 Outlaw 20 0-1 0-0 2-6 1 2 0 Atkins 16 2-7 0-0 0-1 0 1 5 P Garrity 9 2-4 2-2 0-1 1 0 8 K Garris DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-96 24-31 17-45 16 27 106 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.406, FT-.774. 3-Point Goals: 4-10, .400 (D Armstrong 1-5, Gatling 0-1, Atkins 1-2, P Garrity 2-2). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 1 (Abdul-wahad). Turnovers: 13 (Atkins 3, D Armstrong 2, Gatling 2, Williams 2, Abdul-wahad, Amaechi, Doleac). Steals: 9 (D Armstrong 4, Abdul-wahad 2, Doleac 2, Amaechi). ____________________________________________ Miami 26 30 27 26 - 109 Orlando 24 30 25 27 - 106 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Miami 1 (Illegal Defense, 3:38 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 15,645. T: 2:36. Officials: Jim Clark, Nolan Fine, Phil Robinson.


Game Story

ORLANDO, Florida (Ticker) -- No one had confused Anthony Carter for Tim Hardaway -- until tonight.

The rookie point guard played the role of Hardaway, coming up big down the stretch, as the Miami Heat outlasted the Orlando Magic, 109-106, in a hard-fought battle for bragging rights in the Sunshine State.

Carter scored a season-high 21 points, hit the go-ahead layup with 16 seconds to play and iced the win by calmly draining two free throws with three seconds left.

"This game is going to help me out a lot," Carter said. "You cannot be tentative. It felt pretty good. Some guys live for this situation. I got my chance and I think I did a good job of stepping up and hitting those free throws."

The 6-1 playmaker has filled in admirably for Hardaway, who missed his 16th straight game with a knee injury. Carter sank 7-of-9 shots from the floor, 7-of-8 at the line, handed out nine assists and committed just three turnovers in 33 minutes against Orlando point guard Darrell Armstrong.

"Carter really hurt us tonight," Orlando coach Doc Rivers said after his first taste of the intrastate rivalry. "He had a terrific game. He's playing for Tim Hardaway and the way he played, I would have rather gone up against Hardaway than Carter tonight."

The Magic trailed for most of the contest but were within striking distance on back-to-back 3-pointers by Pat Garrity and another long jumper from Monty Williams that cut the deficit to 105-104 with 44 seconds left.

Orlando appeared poised for the upset when Armstrong stole the ball in the lane and fed Tariq Abdul-Wahad for a layup with 22 seconds remaining for a 106-105 lead.

With Hardaway and forward Jamal Mashburn injured and superstar center Alonzo Mourning on the bench with six fouls, the Heat put the ball in the hands of Carter, who weaved his way through the lane for the go-ahead layup with 16 seconds left.

"I saw an opening and I had to be aggressive, so I took the ball to the basket and the shot fell in for me," Carter said.

"That was a clutch shot," Miami guard Dan Majerle added. "He has been playing big for us all along. That was just another great play he made in a clutch situation. He was supposed to dump in the post, but Armstrong played off him. He saw it and took it to the hole."

Armstrong missed a running jumper on Orlando's ensuing trip and the rookie grabbed the rebound and went to the line to seal matters with three ticks to go. Armstrong's desperation 3 at the buzzer bounded off the backboard.

"I thought Darrell made a good attempt," Rivers said. "You have to be aggressive and unfortunately the ball didn't fall for us."

Mourning collected 28 points and 11 rebounds for Miami, which has won four of five -- all without Mashburn and Hardaway -- after a season-long four-game losing streak.

Abdul-Wahad scored a season-high 21 points and Chris Gatling added 21 for Orlando, which has lost back-to-back games after a season-high five-game winning streak.

"It's a tough loss," Abdul-Wahad said. "We're not quite there yet, we still have a ways to go."

P.J. Brown scored 12 points and Mark Strickland added 11 for Miami, which yielded 23 points off turnovers but shot a blistering 57 percent (45-of-78) from the floor.

Armstrong had 15 points and 10 assists and John Amaechi added 12 points off the bench for Orland, which shot 41 percent (39-of-96) and held a 45-41 advantage on the boards.

"It was a physical game," Armstrong said. "They were knocking down shots, you've got guys like Carter knocking down shots. They did their thing. They hit shots and we didn't get stops that we needed."

Mourning and Abdul-Wahad had nine points apiece in the first quarter as Miami took a 26-24 lead. Mourning and Gatling scored nine each in the second period with the Heat again holding a slim 56-54 lead at the half.

Mourning hit a 17-footer and a four-footer on consecutive trips to snap the final tie of the contest, giving Miami a 91-87 lead with 9:19 to play.

Armstrong converted a three-point play with 7:08 remaining that cut the deficit to 93-92. But Brown hit a pair of short jumpers and Carter made a driving layup to stretch the lead back to 99-93 with 5:11 left.

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