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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- WASHINGTON 27 28 11 32 98 ORLANDO 30 32 21 24 107 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: WAS - TRACY MURRAY 26, MITCH RICHMOND 16, RANDELL JACKSON 12 ORL - MONTY WILLIAMS 19, RON MERCER 18, DARRELL ARMSTRONG 17

HIGH REBOUND: WAS - RANDELL JACKSON 8, JAHIDI WHITE 8 ORL - BEN WALLACE 12, TWO PLAYERS WITH 4

HIGH ASSISTS: WAS - THREE PLAYERS WITH 5 ORL - DARRELL ARMSTRONG 6, BO OUTLAW 4

ATT: 12,531


Extended Box

WASHINGTON (98) AT ORLANDO (107)

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

HOWARD F 27 4-8 0-0 1 3 4 5 3 0 3 8 KING F 27 4-10 0-0 3 2 5 2 3 0 0 8 J WHITE C 21 3-7 1-4 5 3 8 0 3 1 2 7 RICHMOND G 25 7-10 0-0 0 2 2 5 4 1 2 16 STRICKLAND G 23 2-8 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 4 JACKSON 27 5-8 2-2 4 4 8 1 4 1 1 12 C WHITNEY 25 4-10 0-0 0 2 2 4 1 0 1 9 A WILLIAMS 14 2-4 2-4 2 1 3 0 2 0 2 6 T MURRAY 25 8-14 7-8 3 1 4 1 5 1 3 26 HAMILTON 13 1-6 0-0 0 1 1 5 1 1 2 2 PROFIT 13 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 3 0 1 0 AUSTIN DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 40-86 12-18 18 19 37 24 30 5 18 98 (.465) (.667) 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 ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == ===

OUTLAW F 26 5-7 2-2 0 4 4 4 0 3 1 12 WALLACE F 29 1-4 2-4 2 10 12 0 2 1 1 4 AMAECHI C 18 3-7 1-2 0 0 0 1 2 3 1 7 D ARMSTRONG G 26 6-11 2-2 1 1 2 6 1 1 2 17 MERCER G 29 6-15 6-6 2 1 3 3 3 1 5 18 DOLEAC 20 2-3 0-0 1 3 4 1 4 1 2 4 ATKINS 22 4-10 2-2 0 0 0 3 2 0 2 10 WILLIAMS 17 6-8 7-10 0 1 1 1 4 1 3 19 MAGGETTE 19 1-2 0-0 0 1 1 2 1 0 2 2 P GARRITY 19 3-3 0-0 0 3 3 1 3 0 0 8 STRONG 10 1-2 2-2 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 4 JOHNSON 5 0-0 2-2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2

TOTALS 240 38-72 26-32 7 24 31 22 22 11 20 107 (.528) (.813) TEAM REBS: 16 TOTAL TO: 20(18 PTS)

WASHINGTON 27 28 11 32 - 98 ORLANDO 30 32 21 24 - 107

BLOCKED SHOTS: WASHINGTON - JACKSON 2, J WHITE 2, KING. ORLANDO - WALLACE 3, OUTLAW 2, AMAECHI. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: WASHINGTON 6-16 (.375), RICHMOND 2-3, C WHITNEY 1-5, T MURRAY 3-5, HAMILTON 0-2, PROFIT 0-1. ORLANDO 5-9 (.556), D ARMSTRONG 3-6, ATKINS 0-1, P GARRITY 2-2. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: DAN CRAWFORD, DERRICK STAFFORD, RASHAN MICHEL. A - 12,531. T - 2:06.


Box Score

WASHINGTON (98) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Howard 27 4-8 0-0 1-4 5 3 8 King 27 4-10 0-0 3-5 2 3 8 J White 21 3-7 1-4 5-8 0 3 7 Richmond 25 7-10 0-0 0-2 5 4 16 Strickland 23 2-8 0-0 0-0 1 1 4 Jackson 27 5-8 2-2 4-8 1 4 12 C Whitney 25 4-10 0-0 0-2 4 1 9 A Williams 14 2-4 2-4 2-3 0 2 6 T Murray 25 8-14 7-8 3-4 1 5 26 Hamilton 13 1-6 0-0 0-1 5 1 2 Profit 13 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 3 0 Austin DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 40-86 12-18 18-37 24 30 98 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.465, FT-.667. 3-Point Goals: 6-16, .375 (Richmond 2-3, C Whitney 1-5, T Murray 3-5, Hamilton 0-2, Profit 0-1). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 5 (Jackson 2, J White 2, King). Turnovers: 19 (Howard 3, T Murray 3, A Williams 2, Hamilton 2, J White 2, Richmond 2, C Whitney, Jackson, Profit, Strickland). Steals: 5 (Hamilton, J White, Jackson, Richmond, T Murray).

ORLANDO (107) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Outlaw 26 5-7 2-2 0-4 4 0 12 Wallace 29 1-4 2-4 2-12 0 2 4 Amaechi 18 3-7 1-2 0-0 1 2 7 D Armstrong 26 6-11 2-2 1-2 6 1 17 Mercer 29 6-15 6-6 2-3 3 3 18 Doleac 20 2-3 0-0 1-4 1 4 4 Atkins 22 4-10 2-2 0-0 3 2 10 Williams 17 6-8 7-10 0-1 1 4 19 Maggette 19 1-2 0-0 0-1 2 1 2 P Garrity 19 3-3 0-0 0-3 1 3 8 Strong 10 1-2 2-2 1-1 0 0 4 Johnson 5 0-0 2-2 0-0 0 0 2 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-72 26-32 7-31 22 22 107 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.528, FT-.813. 3-Point Goals: 5-9, .556 (D Armstrong 3-6, Atkins 0-1, P Garrity 2-2). Team rebounds: 16. Blocked shots: 6 (Wallace 3, Outlaw 2, Amaechi). Turnovers: 20 (Mercer 5, Williams 3, Atkins 2, D Armstrong 2, Doleac 2, Maggette 2, Amaechi, Johnson, Outlaw, Wallace). Steals: 11 (Amaechi 3, Outlaw 3, D Armstrong, Doleac, Mercer, Wallace, Williams). ____________________________________________ Washington 27 28 11 32 - 98 Orlando 30 32 21 24 - 107 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 12,531. T: 2:06. Officials: Dan Crawford, Derrick Stafford, Rashan Michel.


Game Story

ORLANDO, Florida (Ticker) -- Battling for a playoff spot, coach Doc Rivers' Orlando Magic never let down against the lifeless Washington Wizards.

Coming off an embarrassing loss with a key matchup against seventh-place Detroit looming, the Magic jumped into sole possession of eighth place in the Eastern Conference postseason hunt by cruising to a 107-98 victory over the lifeless Wizards.

Ron Mercer scored 18 points, including eight during a 17-3 burst to close the third period, giving Orlando a commanding 83-66 lead and allowing Rivers to rest most of his starters over the final 12 minutes.

"That was really nice," Rivers said. "The defense was good. I think that is the key to our team. Now that we are officially in the playoff race, teams want us to have the same vacation plans as they have and we don't want to do that. We are going to have to play our best basketball to win."

Monty Williams scored a season-high 19 points off the bench for the Magic, who suffered a 129-91 spanking at 10th-place New Jersey on Sunday but pulled ahead of ninth-place Milwaukee tonight. The Bucks blew a 15-point lead in a 108-104 loss at Miami.

The Magic (31-33) completed a four-game season sweep of the floundering Wizards and will visit the Palace of Auburn Hills on Wednesday with a chance to pull even with the Pistons for seventh place in the Eastern Conference. The Magic won for the fourth time in five games and made it five in a row at home.

"Detroit is going to be a tough game," Rivers said. "They are sitting there waiting for us. We will be ready tomorrow, we will be more prepared than we were the other night in New Jersey."

Tracy Murray scored 15 of his 26 points in extended garbage time for the Wizards, who have lost three in a row and fell to 7-25 on the road.

"I don't know what to say. I'm just as frustrated as everybody in that room," Murray said. "And I'm just as puzzled as everybody writing in the newspapers. I just don't know."

Darrell Armstrong scored 17 points, Bo Outlaw added 12 and Chucky Atkins 10 for the Magic, who used a balanced attack and a season-best 62.5 percent (25-of-40) shooting performance to open a 62-55 lead at the half.

Orlando finished at 53 percent (38-of-72) from the floor and scored 23 points off turnovers.

"I'd like us to get to the fifth spot, go as high as we can, that would be nice," Armstrong said of the playoff race. "But right now, we've got to go game by game. Hopefully, some people can do some work for us and take care of some business for us. We've got to make sure that we're taking care of our own."

Mitch Richmond scored 16 points for Washington, which shot 46.5 percent (40-of-86) and held a 37-31 advantage on the boards.

Jahidi White's dunk pulled the Wizards within 68-63 with 7:50 remaining in the third quarter. But Mercer took over from there, hitting two free throws, a running jumper, a layup and two more free throws to give Orlando an 83-66 advantage entering the final period.

"My focus right now and the team focus is to make the playoffs and that's all I'm concerned about right now," Mercer said.

The Magic held a 26-12 advantage in points from the line and 24-6 in fast-break points.

"We rarely get to the free-throw line anyway. They shot 32 free throws, we shot 18," Washington coach Darrell Walker said. "What are you going to do when you have good looks at the basket and you just don't make them? We shot 26 percent in the third quarter. We had wide open looks at the basket. Did we knock them down? No. I can't control that. When that happens, you get down 15 or 16 points and it is hard to come back. That is the end of the ballgame."

Starters Juwan Howard and Rod Strickland combined for just 12 points on 6-of-16 shooting in 50 minutes.

"When those guys don't play well, we can't win," Walker said. "We won't win 90 percent of the time. It would be tough for us to win if they are not playing at a high level. I'm not sugar-coating it. That is just how it is."

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