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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- ORLANDO 27 13 23 24 87 MILWAUKEE 33 23 26 22 104 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: ORL - RON MERCER 14, DARRELL ARMSTRONG 13, CHUCKY ATKINS 12 MIL - RAY ALLEN 33, SAM CASSELL 18, GLENN ROBINSON 15

HIGH REBOUND: ORL - BEN WALLACE 13, COREY MAGGETTE 5 MIL - DARVIN HAM 8, SCOTT WILLIAMS 7

HIGH ASSISTS: ORL - DARRELL ARMSTRONG 6, CHUCKY ATKINS 3 MIL - SAM CASSELL 8, RAY ALLEN 6

ATT: 13,964


Extended Box

ORLANDO (87) AT MILWAUKEE (104)

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

OUTLAW F 27 0-1 2-2 1 3 4 1 3 0 3 2 WALLACE F 29 4-8 1-2 3 10 13 2 1 1 0 9 AMAECHI C 19 1-6 5-6 0 2 2 1 1 0 2 7 D ARMSTRONG G 35 5-15 3-3 1 2 3 6 2 2 5 13 MERCER G 26 7-12 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 14 DOLEAC 9 2-4 2-4 2 1 3 1 1 0 1 6 WILLIAMS 21 1-6 5-8 3 0 3 0 4 1 0 7 ATKINS 23 4-13 3-4 1 2 3 3 0 1 2 12 P GARRITY 22 2-8 5-8 1 0 1 1 4 2 0 9 MAGGETTE 13 3-6 2-3 3 2 5 0 3 0 2 8 JOHNSON 12 0-2 0-0 2 1 3 0 0 0 3 0 STRONG 4 0-2 0-0 0 2 2 0 1 0 0 0

TOTALS 240 29-83 28-40 17 25 42 16 21 8 19 87 (.349) (.700) TEAM REBS: 20 TOTAL TO: 20(33 PTS)

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

HAM F 37 3-6 1-4 7 1 8 5 3 4 1 7 ROBINSON F 34 6-14 1-2 0 4 4 2 4 0 1 15 JOHNSON C 21 3-6 1-3 2 4 6 0 4 2 1 7 ALLEN G 39 11-20 7-7 0 3 3 6 1 2 2 33 CASSELL G 34 6-14 6-6 0 4 4 8 5 0 4 18 THOMAS 26 4-8 2-2 2 3 5 1 5 2 5 11 R ALSTON 28 1-5 0-0 0 3 3 5 2 0 2 3 S WILLIAMS 16 4-6 0-0 0 7 7 1 3 2 2 8 TURKCAN 5 1-4 0-0 2 0 2 0 3 0 2 2 DEL NEGRO DNP - COACH'S DECISION MANNING DNP - COACH'S DECISION TRAYLOR DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 39-83 18-24 13 29 42 28 30 12 20 104 (.470) (.750) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 20(22 PTS)

ORLANDO 27 13 23 24 - 87 MILWAUKEE 33 23 26 22 - 104

BLOCKED SHOTS: ORLANDO - WALLACE, MAGGETTE, WILLIAMS. MILWAUKEE - JOHNSON 2, HAM, ROBINSON, S WILLIAMS, ALLEN. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: ORLANDO 1-12 (.083), D ARMSTRONG 0-4, ATKINS 1-6, P GARRITY 0-1, STRONG 0-1. MILWAUKEE 8-16 (.500), ROBINSON 2-4, ALLEN 4-4, CASSELL 0-2, THOMAS 1-3, R ALSTON 1-2, TURKCAN 0-1. TECHNICALS: MILWAUKEE - CASSELL, S WILLIAMS, THOMAS. OFFICIALS: BENNETT SALVATORE, BLANE REICHELT, JIM CLARK. A - 13,964. T - 2:12.


Box Score

ORLANDO (87) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Outlaw 27 0-1 2-2 1-4 1 3 2 Wallace 29 4-8 1-2 3-13 2 1 9 Amaechi 19 1-6 5-6 0-2 1 1 7 D Armstrong 35 5-15 3-3 1-3 6 2 13 Mercer 26 7-12 0-0 0-0 1 1 14 Doleac 9 2-4 2-4 2-3 1 1 6 Williams 21 1-6 5-8 3-3 0 4 7 Atkins 23 4-13 3-4 1-3 3 0 12 P Garrity 22 2-8 5-8 1-1 1 4 9 Maggette 13 3-6 2-3 3-5 0 3 8 Johnson 12 0-2 0-0 2-3 0 0 0 Strong 4 0-2 0-0 0-2 0 1 0 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 29-83 28-40 17-42 16 21 87 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.349, FT-.700. 3-Point Goals: 1-12, .083 (D Armstrong 0-4, Atkins 1-6, P Garrity 0-1, Strong 0-1). Team rebounds: 20. Blocked shots: 3 (Wallace, Maggette, Williams). Turnovers: 20 (D Armstrong 5, Johnson 3, Outlaw 3, Amaechi 2, Atkins 2, Maggette 2, Doleac, Mercer). Steals: 8 (D Armstrong 2, P Garrity 2, Atkins, Mercer, Wallace, Williams).

MILWAUKEE (104) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Ham 37 3-6 1-4 7-8 5 3 7 Robinson 34 6-14 1-2 0-4 2 4 15 Johnson 21 3-6 1-3 2-6 0 4 7 Allen 39 11-20 7-7 0-3 6 1 33 Cassell 34 6-14 6-6 0-4 8 5 18 Thomas 26 4-8 2-2 2-5 1 5 11 R Alston 28 1-5 0-0 0-3 5 2 3 S Williams 16 4-6 0-0 0-7 1 3 8 Turkcan 5 1-4 0-0 2-2 0 3 2 Del Negro DNP - coach's decision Manning DNP - coach's decision Traylor DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-83 18-24 13-42 28 30 104 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.470, FT-.750. 3-Point Goals: 8-16, .500 (Robinson 2-4, Allen 4-4, Cassell 0-2, Thomas 1-3, R Alston 1-2, Turkcan 0-1). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 6 (Johnson 2, Ham, Robinson, S Williams, Allen). Turnovers: 20 (Thomas 5, Cassell 4, Allen 2, R Alston 2, S Williams 2, Turkcan 2, Ham, Johnson, Robinson). Steals: 12 (Ham 4, Allen 2, Johnson 2, S Williams 2, Thomas 2). ____________________________________________ Orlando 27 13 23 24 - 87 Milwaukee 33 23 26 22 - 104 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Milwaukee 3 (Cassell, 6:35 2nd; S Williams, 3:28 3rd; Thomas, 11:16 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 13,964. T: 2:12. Officials: Bennett Salvatore, Blane Reichelt, Jim Clark.


Game Story

MILWAUKEE (Ticker) -- The Milwaukee Bucks answered pressure with pressure, beating the Orlando Magic at their own game.

Ray Allen scored 31 of his 33 points in the first three quarters as the Bucks built a 20-point lead and rolled to a 104-87 victory over Orlando in a game they had to win to keep their playoff hopes alive.

Milwaukee harassed the Magic into 36 percent shooting (21-of-59), including 0-for-8 from 3-point range, over the first three quarters and cashed in 14 Orlando turnovers for 22 points.

"This one was a tough one for us," Orlando coach Doc Rivers said. "We just didn't have the energy playing our third game in four nights, but with an afternoon game yesterday I thought we'd be OK. They played well. They played desperate and I don't think we could -- we wanted to, we just couldn't do it."

On their recent homestand, the Magic beat the Miami Heat, 94-69; the San Antonio Spurs, 107-97; and the Philadelphia 76ers, 92-80. In each of those games, Orlando's relentless pressure was the key.

"We play with a lot more energy at home," Magic guard Ron Mercer said. "We are much tougher at home."

The Bucks pulled within one game of Orlando for the final Eastern Conference playoff spot with six game remaining for both teams. They shot 46 percent (30-of-61), including 7-of-12 from beyond the arc over three periods.

Allen hit 11-of-20 from the field, including all four of his 3-point attempts, and also contributed six assists. Sam Cassell added 18 points and eight assists, Glenn Robinson 15 points and Tim Thomas 11.

"It was just a matter of me making some shots early and then keeping the feel," Allen said.

By midway through the fourth quarter with his regulars unable to cut into the deficit, Orlando coach Doc Rivers went deep into his bench, apparently conceding the loss.

The Bucks play three of their remaining games at home, while the Magic play four of their final six on the road. The teams meet again in Orlando on April 17.

The Bucks have won four of their last five to remain in contention for a playoff spot, while the Magic are coming off a 7-1 homestand and have won 16 of their last 18 home games.

After leading most of the way, the Bucks broke open the game late in the second quarter. Allen led the way, scoring nine points in a 13-0 run that gave Milwaukee a 56-38 advantage on the shooting guard's 13-footer with 1:23 to play in the half.

"We played with a lot of spark, a lot of smarts," Milwaukee coach George Karl said. "We kind of got Orlando on a tired note and we took advantage of it. Orlando has gotten a lot of attention and we haven't. Our guys have a lot of pride and they showed it."

The Magic were within 43-38 with 5:26 to go in the half when Pat Garrity connected on a five-foot hook shot. But Garrity fouled Allen and the guard hit both free throws, then scored on a dunk off a feed from Rafer Alston and followed that with a 3-pointer from the right side of the arc, also off a pass from Alston.

Alston fed Ervin Johnson for a layup and Glenn Robinson hit a hook, Allen drilled a 13-footer and the Bucks had an 18-point lead.

"The whole team came out with a lot of intensity," Allen said. "we talked all week about all the reports on how important this game was, so we knew we wanted to get on top right away."

The Magic did not get the lead under 13 points thereafter.

Mercer scored 14 points, Darrell Armstrong 13 and Chucky Atkins 12 for the Magic, but of those only Mercer shot well, hitting 7-of-12.

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