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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- ATLANTA 22 33 15 20 90 ORLANDO 32 23 25 23 103 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: ATL - LORENZEN WRIGHT 18, DION GLOVER 18, CHRIS CRAWFORD 18 ORL - DARRELL ARMSTRONG 27, JOHN AMAECHI 16, RON MERCER 15

HIGH REBOUND: ATL - JIMMY JACKSON 6, THREE PLAYERS WITH 5 ORL - BEN WALLACE 16, MICHAEL DOLEAC 9

HIGH ASSISTS: ATL - DION GLOVER 5, BIMBO COLES 3 ORL - DARRELL ARMSTRONG 10, BO OUTLAW 5

ATT: 12,524


Extended Box

ATLANTA (90) AT ORLANDO (103)

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

HENDERSON F 20 2-8 0-3 3 0 3 0 1 0 1 4 MCLEOD F 17 0-6 2-2 1 4 5 1 1 1 0 2 MUTOMBO C 14 1-2 0-0 1 3 4 0 2 0 3 2 JACKSON G 21 2-11 3-4 3 3 6 1 1 2 1 7 TERRY G 24 6-11 0-0 0 2 2 0 3 0 2 12 WRIGHT 34 8-12 2-4 1 4 5 0 4 4 3 18 ELLIS 13 1-2 0-0 0 2 2 0 4 1 1 2 GLOVER 27 7-12 3-7 0 3 3 5 1 2 1 18 CRAWFORD 31 6-14 6-6 1 4 5 1 2 2 1 18 COLES 24 3-8 1-2 0 3 3 3 3 0 0 7 BOWDLER 15 0-0 0-2 1 1 2 1 4 1 3 0

TOTALS 240 36-86 17-30 11 29 40 12 26 13 16 90 (.419) (.567) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 18(20 PTS)

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

OUTLAW F 29 3-5 0-0 3 4 7 5 2 1 1 6 WALLACE F 32 3-5 1-2 3 13 16 1 1 2 2 7 AMAECHI C 29 7-13 2-2 0 6 6 1 3 0 4 16 D ARMSTRONG G 30 9-15 7-8 0 1 1 10 1 1 3 27 MERCER G 28 5-13 5-8 2 0 2 1 3 1 0 15 WILLIAMS 21 6-10 0-0 2 6 8 0 2 1 1 12 ATKINS 18 3-9 2-2 0 1 1 0 3 2 2 8 P GARRITY 16 0-3 0-0 0 2 2 0 4 0 2 0 MAGGETTE 14 2-6 4-6 2 2 4 0 2 0 3 8 DOLEAC 19 1-7 0-0 5 4 9 0 5 0 2 2 JOHNSON 4 1-2 0-0 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 2 STRONG DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 40-88 21-28 18 39 57 18 27 9 20 103 (.455) (.750) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 20(16 PTS)

ATLANTA 22 33 15 20 - 90 ORLANDO 32 23 25 23 - 103

BLOCKED SHOTS: ATLANTA - MUTOMBO 4, WRIGHT 3, GLOVER 2, CRAWFORD 2. ORLANDO - WALLACE 2, OUTLAW, MAGGETTE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: ATLANTA 1-12 (.083), HENDERSON 0-1, TERRY 0-4, GLOVER 1-4, CRAWFORD 0-2, COLES 0-1. ORLANDO 2-3 (.667), D ARMSTRONG 2-3. TECHNICALS: ATLANTA - HEAD COACH WILKENS, ORLANDO - ILLEGAL DEFENSE 2. OFFICIALS: JOE FORTE, MONTY MCCUTCHEN, HANK ARMSTRONG. A - 12,524. T - 2:13.


Box Score

ATLANTA (90) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Henderson 20 2-8 0-3 3-3 0 1 4 Mcleod 17 0-6 2-2 1-5 1 1 2 Mutombo 14 1-2 0-0 1-4 0 2 2 Jackson 21 2-11 3-4 3-6 1 1 7 Terry 24 6-11 0-0 0-2 0 3 12 Wright 34 8-12 2-4 1-5 0 4 18 Ellis 13 1-2 0-0 0-2 0 4 2 Glover 27 7-12 3-7 0-3 5 1 18 Crawford 31 6-14 6-6 1-5 1 2 18 Coles 24 3-8 1-2 0-3 3 3 7 Bowdler 15 0-0 0-2 1-2 1 4 0 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-86 17-30 11-40 12 26 90 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.419, FT-.567. 3-Point Goals: 1-12, .083 (Henderson 0-1, Terry 0-4, Glover 1-4, Crawford 0-2, Coles 0-1). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 11 (Mutombo 4, Wright 3, Glover 2, Crawford 2). Turnovers: 18 (Bowdler 3, Mutombo 3, Wright 3, Terry 2, Crawford, Ellis, Glover, Henderson, Jackson). Steals: 13 (Wright 4, Crawford 2, Glover 2, Jackson 2, Bowdler, Ellis, Mcleod).

ORLANDO (103) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Outlaw 29 3-5 0-0 3-7 5 2 6 Wallace 32 3-5 1-2 3-16 1 1 7 Amaechi 29 7-13 2-2 0-6 1 3 16 D Armstrong 30 9-15 7-8 0-1 10 1 27 Mercer 28 5-13 5-8 2-2 1 3 15 Williams 21 6-10 0-0 2-8 0 2 12 Atkins 18 3-9 2-2 0-1 0 3 8 P Garrity 16 0-3 0-0 0-2 0 4 0 Maggette 14 2-6 4-6 2-4 0 2 8 Doleac 19 1-7 0-0 5-9 0 5 2 Johnson 4 1-2 0-0 1-1 0 1 2 Strong DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 40-88 21-28 18-57 18 27 103 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.455, FT-.750. 3-Point Goals: 2-3, .667 (D Armstrong 2-3). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 4 (Wallace 2, Outlaw, Maggette). Turnovers: 20 (Amaechi 4, D Armstrong 3, Maggette 3, Atkins 2, Doleac 2, P Garrity 2, Wallace 2, Outlaw, Williams). Steals: 9 (Atkins 2, Wallace 2, D Armstrong, Johnson, Mercer, Outlaw, Williams). ____________________________________________ Atlanta 22 33 15 20 - 90 Orlando 32 23 25 23 - 103 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Atlanta 1 (Head Coach Wilkens, 3:52 2nd). Orlando 2 (Illegal Defense 2, 7:08 2nd, 6:26 2nd). Flagrant fouls: Orlando 1 (P Garrity, 9:29 4th). A: 12,524. T: 2:13. Officials: Joe Forte, Monty Mccutchen, Hank Armstrong.


Game Story

ORLANDO, Florida (Ticker) -- Over the next three weeks, Darrell Armstrong and the Orlando Magic want to make one of the world's most popular tourist attractions a very inhospitable place.

Armstrong scored 13 of his 27 points in the pivotal third quarter as the Magic began a crucial eight-game homestand with a 103-90 victory over the Atlanta Hawks.

The playoff-hopeful Magic just completed a 1-3 road trip that left them in eighth place in the Eastern Conference, one-half game ahead of the Milwaukee Bucks. After tonight, Orlando plays seven straight games in TD Waterhouse Arena through April 9.

"A win is a win, tonight or any night," Armstrong said. "No matter the ugly one in Chicago (on Monday) or tonight. We did a lot of good things and a lot of bad things. We have to continue to keep our heads up."

"We will get to the playoff race," Orlando coach Doc Rivers added. "I think this is a young team and we will click. I told the guys to just go out and have a ball, just enjoy it and attack."

With a roster of mostly role players, the Magic (33-36) have had their ups and downs this season, including at home. But tonight's victory was their sixth straight at home since February 18 and allowed them to match their win total from last season -- which no one thought possible when this season began.

Armstrong, the only remaining starter from last season's team, nearly outscored the Hawks in the third period. While Atlanta stumbled to 15 points, Armstrong collected 13, including six in a 12-4 burst that gave Orlando a 12-point lead.

John Amaechi scored 16 points and Ben Wallace pulled down 16 rebounds for the Magic, who improved to 3-0 against the Hawks this season. Orlando held a 57-40 rebounding edge and limited Atlanta to one 3-pointer in 12 attempts.

"We control our own destiny," Wallace said. "We can't afford to look back at the teams that are behind us. We have to look ahead to the team that we have to go out and play that night. If we take care of our business and take care of things, we'll be all right, we'll be in the playoffs."

Lorenzen Wright, Chris Crawford and rookie Dion Glover scored 18 points apiece -- all off the bench and season highs -- for the Hawks, who have lost five of six overall and six in a row on the road.

Thought to be a playoff team at the start of the season, Atlanta (25-42) is headed to the lottery for the first time since 1992 and is playing some of its younger players as the season winds down.

"They are playing hard," Hawks coach Lenny Wilkens said. "They make a mistake but they are playing hard. The mistakes are from inexperience. Dion played good. Chris Crawford played good. Jason Terry played hard. I just have to keep encouraging them."

A basket by Crawford had Atlanta within 67-63 with 5:51 left in the third quarter before Armstrong took charge. His short bank shot with 2:01 to go capped the 12-4 run and gave Orlando a 79-67 advantage.

"The guys were finding me coming on the break," Armstrong said. "(Atlanta center Dikembe) Mutombo doesn't really like to come out on the pick-and-roll. He tries to stay in tight and get the block, and with Amaechi who can knock down shots, they had to honor that, too."

The Magic led 80-70 entering the final period. The Hawks cut the deficit to 89-80 with 6:24 left on a jumper by Glover, who scored 10 points in the fourth quarter. But Ron Mercer made three free throws over the next minute and a block by Wallace turned into a tip-in by Monty Williams that extended the lead to 94-80 with 3:47 to go.

"They are a hard-working team," Wright said. "They work together and really seem to like each other. Everyone is on the same page and trying to get into the playoffs."

Mercer scored 15 points and Williams added 12 for the Magic, who shot 45.5 percent (40-of-88) from the field. Armstrong made 9-of-15 shots and added 10 assists.

Terry scored 12 points and was the only starter in double figures for the Hawks, who shot 42 percent (36-of-86) and missed 13-of-30 free throws.

Williams scored eight points and Amaechi seven as Orlando raced to a 32-22 lead after one quarter. But Glover scored eight points in the second period as Atlanta fought back for a 55-55 halftime tie.

"I was really worried at halftime," Rivers said. "If you let them get back in, 55-55, they start to think, `You know what, let's have a reason to care. We can win this.' It's tough when you are them and you are not playing for anything, but any chance you have to win a game you are going to go for it. That's what I was trying to get across to our guys -- this is a team you have to get a lead on."

The Magic took the lead for good at 61-59 on a jumper by Mercer with 8:10 left in the third quarter.

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