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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- ORLANDO 28 24 14 21 87 WASHINGTON 22 27 17 19 85 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: ORL - CHUCKY ATKINS 15, COREY MAGGETTE 14, JOHN AMAECHI 13 WAS - RICHARD HAMILTON 25, TRACY MURRAY 14, ROD STRICKLAND 12

HIGH REBOUND: ORL - BEN WALLACE 16, BO OUTLAW 8 WAS - GERARD KING 12, JUWAN HOWARD 9

HIGH ASSISTS: ORL - BO OUTLAW 5, CHUCKY ATKINS 5 WAS - ROD STRICKLAND 7, THREE PLAYERS WITH 4

ATT: 11,325


Extended Box

ORLANDO (87) AT WASHINGTON (85)

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

OUTLAW F 26 1-6 2-6 3 5 8 5 0 1 3 4 WALLACE F 28 4-8 0-2 5 11 16 1 3 2 2 8 AMAECHI C 25 5-8 2-2 1 2 3 0 2 0 3 13 D ARMSTRONG G 27 3-16 0-0 2 0 2 3 2 3 1 6 PARKER G 21 3-7 0-0 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 6 P GARRITY 15 2-6 0-0 0 1 1 1 3 1 0 5 ATKINS 25 6-13 0-0 0 1 1 5 1 1 1 15 MAGGETTE 21 6-11 2-4 2 0 2 2 2 0 2 14 STRONG 13 1-2 0-0 2 4 6 1 1 0 1 2 WILLIAMS 23 3-10 2-2 3 3 6 2 1 2 2 8 DOLEAC 16 3-5 0-0 0 5 5 1 2 0 0 6 MERCER DNP - SPRAINED ANKLE

TOTALS 240 37-92 8-16 18 33 51 22 18 10 15 87 (.402) (.500) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 16(17 PTS)

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

HOWARD F 43 4-14 3-4 2 7 9 4 3 3 2 11 KING F 36 1-3 3-4 2 10 12 2 4 2 1 5 J WHITE C 12 1-3 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 2 2 RICHMOND G 22 2-6 0-0 0 3 3 4 0 1 1 4 STRICKLAND G 34 5-10 2-4 1 2 3 7 1 2 3 12 A WILLIAMS 18 2-5 5-5 1 0 1 1 2 0 4 9 T MURRAY 35 4-12 4-4 0 8 8 3 5 2 0 14 C WHITNEY 14 1-1 0-0 0 1 1 4 1 0 2 3 HAMILTON 26 11-19 2-2 0 0 0 0 4 0 3 25 AUSTIN DNP - COACH'S DECISION PROFIT DNP - COACH'S DECISION L WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 31-73 19-23 6 32 38 25 21 10 18 85 (.425) (.826) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 20(23 PTS)

ORLANDO 28 24 14 21 - 87 WASHINGTON 22 27 17 19 - 85

BLOCKED SHOTS: ORLANDO - MAGGETTE 2, WILLIAMS, WALLACE, STRONG, AMAECHI. WASHINGTON - A WILLIAMS 3, KING 2, T MURRAY. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: ORLANDO 5-13 (.385), AMAECHI 1-1, D ARMSTRONG 0-4, P GARRITY 1-3, ATKINS 3-5. WASHINGTON 4-13 (.308), RICHMOND 0-2, A WILLIAMS 0-1, T MURRAY 2-7, C WHITNEY 1-1, HAMILTON 1-2. TECHNICALS: ORLANDO - ILLEGAL DEFENSE 2. OFFICIALS: RON GARRETSON, LUIS GRILLO, SCOTT WALL. A - 11,325. T - 2:03.


Box Score

ORLANDO (87) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Outlaw 26 1-6 2-6 3-8 5 0 4 Wallace 28 4-8 0-2 5-16 1 3 8 Amaechi 25 5-8 2-2 1-3 0 2 13 D Armstrong 27 3-16 0-0 2-2 3 2 6 Parker 21 3-7 0-0 0-1 1 1 6 P Garrity 15 2-6 0-0 0-1 1 3 5 Atkins 25 6-13 0-0 0-1 5 1 15 Maggette 21 6-11 2-4 2-2 2 2 14 Strong 13 1-2 0-0 2-6 1 1 2 Williams 23 3-10 2-2 3-6 2 1 8 Doleac 16 3-5 0-0 0-5 1 2 6 Mercer DNP - sprained ankle _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-92 8-16 18-51 22 18 87 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.402, FT-.500. 3-Point Goals: 5-13, .385 (Amaechi 1-1, D Armstrong 0-4, P Garrity 1-3, Atkins 3-5). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 6 (Maggette 2, Williams, Wallace, Strong, Amaechi). Turnovers: 16 (Amaechi 3, Outlaw 3, Maggette 2, Wallace 2, Williams 2, Atkins, D Armstrong, Strong). Steals: 10 (D Armstrong 3, Wallace 2, Williams 2, Atkins, Outlaw, P Garrity).

WASHINGTON (85) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Howard 43 4-14 3-4 2-9 4 3 11 King 36 1-3 3-4 2-12 2 4 5 J White 12 1-3 0-0 0-1 0 1 2 Richmond 22 2-6 0-0 0-3 4 0 4 Strickland 34 5-10 2-4 1-3 7 1 12 A Williams 18 2-5 5-5 1-1 1 2 9 T Murray 35 4-12 4-4 0-8 3 5 14 C Whitney 14 1-1 0-0 0-1 4 1 3 Hamilton 26 11-19 2-2 0-0 0 4 25 Austin DNP - coach's decision Profit DNP - coach's decision L Williams DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-73 19-23 6-38 25 21 85 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.425, FT-.826. 3-Point Goals: 4-13, .308 (Richmond 0-2, A Williams 0-1, T Murray 2-7, C Whitney 1-1, Hamilton 1-2). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 6 (A Williams 3, King 2, T Murray). Turnovers: 20 (A Williams 4, Hamilton 3, Strickland 3, C Whitney 2, Howard 2, J White 2, King, Richmond). Steals: 10 (Howard 3, King 2, Strickland 2, T Murray 2, Richmond). ____________________________________________ Orlando 28 24 14 21 - 87 Washington 22 27 17 19 - 85 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Orlando 2 (Illegal Defense 2, 9:34 2nd, 1:14 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 11,325. T: 2:03. Officials: Ron Garretson, Luis Grillo, Scott Wall.


Game Story

WASHINGTON (Ticker) -- Pat Garrity's 17-footer at the buzzer gave the Orlando Magic an 87-85 victory over the Washington Wizards that snapped a five-game road losing streak.

The Magic held an 85-82 lead, but rookie Chucky Atkins missed a lane jumper and Wizards rookie Richard Hamilton sank a 3-pointer that tied it with 12 seconds to go. Hamilton scored a season-high 25 points.

Orlando inbounded at half-court to guard Darrell Armstrong, who bounced a pass to Garrity at the foul line and set a pick for the second-year forward. Garrity curled around Armstrong and sank the jumper as the buzzer sounded, silencing the MCI Center crowd.

"That absolutely was the shot we were looking for," Magic coach Doc Rivers said. "We basically reversed the pick-and-roll. Usually, it's the 1-guard with the pick, and the 4 (power forward) sets it. We threw it to the 4, and we had the 1 set it. That's just the opposite way of running the pick and roll."

"That worked just like Doc drew it up," said Garrity, who was just 1-of-5 before the game-winner. "We don't run that play very much, but Darrell was really the one who got me the shot because he set such a great pick on Aaron Williams. I knew there was enough time to get the shot off. I felt good about it. When I get an open look . . . I felt like I extended and everything."

Although it was a simple basketball play, it seemed to confuse the Wizards.

"We were supposed to switch," Williams said. "But we didn't switch. I tried to get my hand in his face as best I could, but he made a tough shot."

"If you get a pick-and-roll, you just switch," Wizards coach Darrell Walker said. "But did it happen? No. Did we lose? Yes."

Atkins scored 10 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter for the Magic, who kept the pressure on the Milwaukee Bucks in the race for the Eastern Conference's final playoff berth. Orlando (28-32) moved within one-half game of Milwaukee.

"I don't know if we'll do well or not," Rivers said of Orlando's playoff chances. "But let's get there and find out. I know one thing for sure, if we get there, we'll play free because it will be a free pass. That's the way we'll look at it."

The Magic trailed 82-81 before Atkins went around Wizards guard Rod Strickland for a jumper and layup for an 85-82 lead with 55 seconds remaining. Strickland missed two free throws 15 seconds later.

Atkins' big fourth quarter helped Rivers set up the final play.

"At first, I thought he was going let Chuck handle the ball because he was getting shots and I wasn't hitting any shots," said Armstrong, who was just 3-of-16 from the field. "But I like to set screens. And when I picked Aaron Williams off of Pat, Richard Hamilton stayed with me.

"Chucky was hot, so everyone assumed that he would get the ball," Rivers said. "That's why we actually took Chucky out of the play and put him in the deep corner. We don't have that one guy, so we have to try to create illusions at times. Pat was 1-for-5, and we went to him. So that was a big win for us."

Tracy Murray scored 14 points and Strickland added 12 for the Wizards, who fell to 0-3 against the Magic with their 11th loss in 14 games.

Atkins' 3-pointer gave the Magic a 77-72 lead with 7:05 left. But Tracy Murray capped an 8-0 run with a basket to give the Wizards an 80-77 lead with 3:58 left.

Hamilton, who made 11-of-19 shots, hit a jumper to give the Wizards an 82-78 lead with 2:52 left. Atkins answered with a 3-pointer and another jumper, giving Orlando an 83-82 lead with 1:23 remaining.

"We took Orlando for granted during the second half," Walker said. "We didn't come to play in the second half and they showed that they could beat us. I don't know if we were sleepwalking out there or what. There was no effort at all. I'm a little peeved right now."

Rookie Corey Maggette scored 14 points and Ben Wallace, in his second return to Washington, had 16 rebounds and eight points.

The Magic won without starting shooting guard Ron Mercer, who sprained his left ankle during the second quarter of Sunday's loss at Boston. The Magic hope to have him back for Saturday's home game against Denver.

"With Ron out now, it's going to get difficult for us to score points," Rivers said. "But these guys have unbreakable spirit, and it's all about them -- the players. You've gotta believe in them. They're making me."

John Amaechi scored 13 points for the Magic, who won despite shooting 40 percent (37-of-92) from the floor and 50 percent (8-of-16) from the line. Orlando held a 51-38 rebounding edge.

Juwan Howard scored 11 points and Gerard King pulled down 12 rebounds for Washington, which shot 42.5 percent (31-of-73) and made 19-of-23 from the line.

Amaechi scored 11 points in the first half as Orlando opened a 52-49 lead. Washington forged a 66-66 tie entering the final period.

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