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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- CHICAGO 26 32 20 26 104 ORLANDO 16 31 28 38 113 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: CHI - RON MERCER 27, ELTON BRAND 22, FRED HOIBERG 15 ORL - DARRELL ARMSTRONG 32, TRACY MCGRADY 28, PAT GARRITY 15

HIGH REBOUND: CHI - MICHAEL RUFFIN 11, ELTON BRAND 7 ORL - BO OUTLAW 10, TRACY MCGRADY 9

HIGH ASSISTS: CHI - RON MERCER 9, BRYCE DREW 4 ORL - TRACY MCGRADY 7, TWO PLAYERS WITH 3

ATT: 14,261


Extended Box

CHICAGO (104) AT ORLANDO (113)

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

ARTEST F 26 2-6 2-2 0 2 2 0 5 0 0 7 RUFFIN F 37 2-3 6-7 2 9 11 2 4 2 3 10 BRAND C 37 9-15 4-4 1 6 7 2 3 4 1 22 DREW G 26 2-10 0-0 0 3 3 4 4 0 2 4 MERCER G 45 8-20 11-11 2 2 4 9 3 1 3 27 HOIBERG 28 6-10 1-1 0 2 2 2 1 1 0 15 EL AMIN 14 2-5 0-0 0 0 0 3 2 1 0 5 MILLER 7 3-3 0-0 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 6 FIZER 14 2-5 4-4 1 1 2 2 2 0 1 8 C BENJAMIN 6 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 CRAWFORD DNP - COACH'S DECISION TARLAC DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 36-77 28-29 6 27 33 25 26 9 11 104 (.468) (.966) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 14(8 PTS)

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

MCGRADY F 45 9-25 9-15 4 5 9 7 1 1 3 28 OUTLAW F 37 5-6 2-3 4 6 10 3 1 2 1 12 DECLERCQ C 13 0-1 0-0 1 2 3 0 2 0 0 0 ARMSTRONG G 40 9-21 8-9 1 3 4 3 1 1 3 32 MILLER G 14 3-7 1-2 1 0 1 0 4 0 1 8 GARRITY 26 5-8 2-2 1 3 4 0 4 0 1 15 AMAECHI 24 3-7 2-2 1 1 2 1 3 0 1 8 HUDSON 9 3-4 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 WILLIAMS 5 1-1 0-0 1 0 1 2 1 1 2 2 DOLEAC 5 0-2 0-0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 REID 14 1-2 0-0 2 1 3 1 5 0 2 2 ROBINSON 8 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0

TOTALS 240 39-84 24-33 16 24 40 17 22 5 14 113 (.464) (.727) TEAM REBS: 15 TOTAL TO: 14(23 PTS)

CHICAGO 26 32 20 26 - 104 ORLANDO 16 31 28 38 - 113

BLOCKED SHOTS: CHICAGO - MERCER, BRAND, HOIBERG, ARTEST. ORLANDO - MCGRADY 3, OUTLAW, ARMSTRONG, AMAECHI. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: CHICAGO 4-13 (.308), ARTEST 1-2, BRAND 0-1, DREW 0-3, HOIBERG 2-5, EL AMIN 1-2. ORLANDO 11-21 (.524), MCGRADY 1-2, ARMSTRONG 6-10, MILLER 1-4, GARRITY 3-4, HUDSON 0-1. TECHNICALS: CHICAGO - ARTEST, C BENJAMIN, BRAND 2 (EJECTED), ILLEGAL DEFENSE, ORLANDO - ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: ED F RUSH, RODNEY MOTT, BILL KENNEDY. A - 14,261. T - 2:20.


Box Score

CHICAGO (104) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Artest 26 2-6 2-2 0-2 0 5 7 Ruffin 37 2-3 6-7 2-11 2 4 10 Brand 37 9-15 4-4 1-7 2 3 22 Drew 26 2-10 0-0 0-3 4 4 4 Mercer 45 8-20 11-11 2-4 9 3 27 Hoiberg 28 6-10 1-1 0-2 2 1 15 El Amin 14 2-5 0-0 0-0 3 2 5 Miller 7 3-3 0-0 0-1 1 1 6 Fizer 14 2-5 4-4 1-2 2 2 8 C Benjamin 6 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 Crawford DNP - coach's decision Tarlac DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-77 28-29 6-33 25 26 104 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.468, FT-.966. 3-Point Goals: 4-13, .308 (Artest 1-2, Brand 0-1, Drew 0-3, Hoiberg 2-5, El Amin 1-2). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 4 (Mercer, Brand, Hoiberg, Artest). Turnovers: 14 (Mercer 3, Ruffin 3, Drew 2, Brand, C Benjamin, Fizer). Steals: 9 (Brand 4, Ruffin 2, El Amin, Hoiberg, Mercer).

ORLANDO (113) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mcgrady 45 9-25 9-15 4-9 7 1 28 Outlaw 37 5-6 2-3 4-10 3 1 12 Declercq 13 0-1 0-0 1-3 0 2 0 Armstrong 40 9-21 8-9 1-4 3 1 32 Miller 14 3-7 1-2 1-1 0 4 8 Garrity 26 5-8 2-2 1-4 0 4 15 Amaechi 24 3-7 2-2 1-2 1 3 8 Hudson 9 3-4 0-0 0-0 0 0 6 Williams 5 1-1 0-0 1-1 2 1 2 Doleac 5 0-2 0-0 0-2 0 0 0 Reid 14 1-2 0-0 2-3 1 5 2 Robinson 8 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-84 24-33 16-40 17 22 113 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.464, FT-.727. 3-Point Goals: 11-21, .524 (Mcgrady 1-2, Armstrong 6-10, Miller 1-4, Garrity 3-4, Hudson 0-1). Team rebounds: 15. Blocked shots: 6 (Mcgrady 3, Outlaw, Armstrong, Amaechi). Turnovers: 14 (Armstrong 3, Mcgrady 3, Reid 2, Williams 2, Amaechi, Garrity, Miller, Outlaw). Steals: 5 (Outlaw 2, Armstrong, Mcgrady, Williams). ____________________________________________ Chicago 26 32 20 26 - 104 Orlando 16 31 28 38 - 113 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Chicago 5 (Artest, 6:25 1st; C Benjamin, 4:08 2nd; Brand 2 (ejected), 6:04 4th; Illegal Defense, 5:53 4th). Orlando 1 (Illegal Defense, 4:27 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 14,261. T: 2:20. Officials: Ed F Rush, Rodney Mott, Bill Kennedy.


Game Story

ORLANDO, Florida (Ticker) -- Darrel Armstrong scored 28 of his season-high 32 points in the second half as the Orlando Magic rallied from a 20-point deficit for a 113-104 victory over the lowly Chicago Bulls.

Armstrong scored 15 points in the third quarter and 13 in the fourth to help the Magic to their third straight win.

Chicago had a 78-75 advantage after three quarters but blew a fourth-quarter lead for the fourth straight game. The Magic made 5-of-6 3-pointers and outscored the Bulls, 38-26, in the final period.

Pat Garrity nailed a 3-pointer with 10:22 left to give Orlando an 81-79 lead, its first since 2-0.

Tracy McGrady sank two free throws to give the Magic a 87-83 lead with 8:53 to play. But Chicago responded with an 8-0 run, capped off by a pair free throws by Ron Mercer to give the Bulls a 92-87 lead with 7:03 to go.

After Armstrong drained a 3-pointer to narrow the lead, Elton Brand received two techinal fouls and was ejected after he thought he was fouled while attempting a shot.

"It really hurt us," Mercer said. "He is our leading scorer and we lost our post presence because they had to double him every time. We definitely could have used him down the stretch."

"I needed to speak my piece," Brand added. "I was hoping that once I was out, the team would step up and win the game. But it didn't happen like that."

Even more puzzling than the tirade by Brand was the fact that none of his teammates tried to restrain him after the first technical to prevent an ejection.

"That is a great sign of Chicago being a young basketball team," Orlando coach Doc Rivers said. "When he was going off, no one tried to grab him. I was just surprised."

Brand's first career ejection was the turning point.

"That was definitely out of character for him," Chicago coach Tim Floyd said. "He's the guy we rely on to get us points."

Armstrong sank both technical free throws to tie it at 92-92 with 6:04 to go. He made another after Chicago was called for its second illegal defense to give Orlando a 93-92 lead.

After Mercer buried an 18-foot jumper, the Magic took the lead for good, 95-94, when Bo Outlaw nailed a short jumper with 5:22 remaining. McGrady sealed the win with a thunderous dunk that made it 109-100 with 55 seconds left.

"Tracy was not great tonight, but he was great down the stretch," Rivers said.

McGrady finished with 28 points, nine rebounds and seven assists for the Magic. Garrity scored 15 points off the bench and Outlaw added 12 and 10 rebounds.

Orlando made 11-of-21 3-pointers and was led by Armstrong, who shot 6-of-10 from behind the arc.

"We struggled with their shooters on the perimiter," Floyd admitted. "We played as well as we played all year."

Ron Mercer collected 27 points and eight assists against his former team for Chicago, which has lost five straight. Brand scored 22 points before he was ejected.

The Bulls were 28-of-29 from the line. Mercer went 11-of-11 and Michael Ruffin was 6-of-7.

The Magic trailed by 11 points at halftime but opened the third quarter with an 8-0 run, capped by back-to-back 3-pointers from Armstrong to pull within three, 58-55, at the 9:29 mark. They did not get closer until the decisive fourth quarter.

Orlando trailed 56-36 with 3:22 left in the second quarter but closed the half with an 11-2 run to get within 58-47 at the break.

"We were out of whack at the beginning of the game and they were playing well," Armstrong said. "But somehow, some way, they let us back into the game."

Chicago opened the game on a 16-2 run. Mercer scored 12 points and the Bulls outrebounded Orlando, 7-1, during that stretch.

The Magic have won nine of the last 10 meetings with the Bulls, who scored 100 points for just the third time this season.

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