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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- ORLANDO 18 28 26 21 93 DENVER 30 19 18 19 86 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: ORL - TRACY MCGRADY 36, DARRELL ARMSTRONG 11, ANDREW DECLERCQ 8 DEN - ANTONIO MCDYESS 24, RAEF LAFRENTZ 17, TWO PLAYERS WITH 12

HIGH REBOUND: ORL - TRACY MCGRADY 12, BO OUTLAW 12 DEN - ANTONIO MCDYESS 21, RAEF LAFRENTZ 9

HIGH ASSISTS: ORL - DARRELL ARMSTRONG 7, MIKE MILLER 4 DEN - NICK VAN EXEL 9, TWO PLAYERS WITH 3

ATT: 13,288


Extended Box

ORLANDO (93) AT DENVER (86)

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

MCGRADY F 42 13-29 7-9 4 8 12 2 3 2 4 36 OUTLAW F 31 3-5 1-2 4 8 12 2 3 1 0 7 DECLERCQ C 15 4-6 0-0 0 3 3 0 2 1 0 8 ARMSTRONG G 33 3-15 3-3 0 1 1 7 0 2 1 11 MILLER G 37 2-8 0-0 0 3 3 4 0 1 0 4 AMAECHI 18 0-4 5-6 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 5 HUDSON 15 3-6 0-0 2 2 4 3 2 0 2 6 WILLIAMS 11 2-4 2-2 3 3 6 1 1 0 2 6 REID 20 3-5 0-0 3 3 6 2 6 1 0 6 DOLEAC 18 2-6 0-0 2 2 4 1 1 1 1 4 ALEXANDER DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 35-88 18-22 18 34 52 23 19 9 10 93 (.398) (.818) TEAM REBS: 4 TOTAL TO: 11(15 PTS)

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

MCDYESS F 44 10-20 4-6 5 16 21 1 2 2 4 24 POSEY F 35 0-6 1-1 1 4 5 3 5 0 0 1 LAFRENTZ C 39 6-15 4-6 3 6 9 2 3 1 1 17 LENARD G 29 3-6 0-1 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 8 VAN EXEL G 36 5-11 1-2 0 2 2 9 2 1 7 12 WILLIS 9 1-5 0-0 0 1 1 1 2 0 0 2 MCCLOUD 26 5-11 0-1 2 2 4 3 3 0 0 12 STRICKLAND 4 1-2 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 GOLDWIRE 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 BOWEN 6 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 PACK 9 2-4 4-5 0 1 1 1 1 1 0 8 ABDUL-WAHAD DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 33-81 14-22 12 32 44 23 20 5 12 86 (.407) (.636) TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 14(8 PTS)

ORLANDO 18 28 26 21 - 93 DENVER 30 19 18 19 - 86

BLOCKED SHOTS: ORLANDO - DECLERCQ 2, REID, AMAECHI, MCGRADY. DENVER - LAFRENTZ 6, MCCLOUD, VAN EXEL, MCDYESS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: ORLANDO 5-18 (.278), MCGRADY 3-3, ARMSTRONG 2-10, MILLER 0-3, HUDSON 0-2. DENVER 6-20 (.300), POSEY 0-3, LAFRENTZ 1-3, LENARD 2-4, VAN EXEL 1-4, MCCLOUD 2-4, PACK 0-2. TECHNICALS: ORLANDO - WILLIAMS, ILLEGAL DEFENSE 3, DENVER - ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: TERRY DURHAM, DERRICK STAFFORD, JASON PHILLIPS. A - 13,288. T - 2:06.


Box Score

ORLANDO (93) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mcgrady 42 13-29 7-9 4-12 2 3 36 Outlaw 31 3-5 1-2 4-12 2 3 7 Declercq 15 4-6 0-0 0-3 0 2 8 Armstrong 33 3-15 3-3 0-1 7 0 11 Miller 37 2-8 0-0 0-3 4 0 4 Amaechi 18 0-4 5-6 0-1 1 1 5 Hudson 15 3-6 0-0 2-4 3 2 6 Williams 11 2-4 2-2 3-6 1 1 6 Reid 20 3-5 0-0 3-6 2 6 6 Doleac 18 2-6 0-0 2-4 1 1 4 Alexander DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-88 18-22 18-52 23 19 93 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.398, FT-.818. 3-Point Goals: 5-18, .278 (Mcgrady 3-3, Armstrong 2-10, Miller 0-3, Hudson 0-2). Team rebounds: 4. Blocked shots: 5 (Declercq 2, Reid, Amaechi, Mcgrady). Turnovers: 11 (Mcgrady 4, Hudson 2, Williams 2, Armstrong, Doleac). Steals: 9 (Armstrong 2, Mcgrady 2, Declercq, Doleac, Miller, Outlaw, Reid).

DENVER (86) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mcdyess 44 10-20 4-6 5-21 1 2 24 Posey 35 0-6 1-1 1-5 3 5 1 Lafrentz 39 6-15 4-6 3-9 2 3 17 Lenard 29 3-6 0-1 0-0 2 1 8 Van Exel 36 5-11 1-2 0-2 9 2 12 Willis 9 1-5 0-0 0-1 1 2 2 Mccloud 26 5-11 0-1 2-4 3 3 12 Strickland 4 1-2 0-0 1-1 0 0 2 Goldwire 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 Bowen 6 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Pack 9 2-4 4-5 0-1 1 1 8 Abdul-wahad DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-81 14-22 12-44 23 20 86 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.407, FT-.636. 3-Point Goals: 6-20, .300 (Posey 0-3, Lafrentz 1-3, Lenard 2-4, Van Exel 1-4, Mccloud 2-4, Pack 0-2). Team rebounds: 13. Blocked shots: 9 (Lafrentz 6, Mccloud, Van Exel, Mcdyess). Turnovers: 14 (Van Exel 7, Mcdyess 4, Lafrentz). Steals: 5 (Mcdyess 2, Lafrentz, Pack, Van Exel). ____________________________________________ Orlando 18 28 26 21 - 93 Denver 30 19 18 19 - 86 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Orlando 4 (Williams, 7:40 2nd; Illegal Defense 3, 4:33 2nd, 9:02 3rd, 7:03 3rd). Denver 1 (Illegal Defense, 5:22 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 13,288. T: 2:06. Officials: Terry Durham, Derrick Stafford, Jason Phillips.


Game Story

DENVER (Ticker) -- Tracy McGrady scored 24 of his 36 points in the second half as the Orlando Magic defeated the Denver Nuggets for the eighth straight time, 93-86.

McGrady made 9-of-19 shots in the second half, when the Magic overcame a 49-46 deficit en route to their first win in four games. The 21-year-old All-Star also pulled down 12 rebounds, helping Orlando to a 52-44 advantage on the boards.

Darrell Armstrong had 11 points and seven assists and Bo Outlaw grabbed 12 rebounds for the Magic, who shot 40 percent (35-of-88). Orlando has not lost to the Nuggets since a 110-93 setback in Denver on March 12, 1996, when McGrady was 16.

"We came out in the second half making our shots and making our stops," McGrady said. "We were playing aggressively on both ends. We were working and getting our shots on offense and we got back on defense. Defense won it for us tonight."

Armstrong made just 3-of-15 shots, but went 3-for-3 from the free-throw line, including a shot that put Orlando ahead for good, 81-80, with 5:22 left. McGrady followed with a free throw and got his own rebound after missing the second attempt. McGrady had two attempts blocked by Raef LaFrentz before hitting a six-footer to push Orlando's lead to 84-80 with 3:10 left.

"Obviously it was a huge win for us," Orlando coach Doc Rivers said. "Both teams needed this win. I thought it was a good defensive game for us and that's why we won the game."

Antonio McDyess made 1-of-2 free throws with 2:42 left and Michael Doleac responded with a 17-footer to give the Magic an 86-81 advantage 24 seconds later.

McDyess had 24 points and 21 rebounds for his 43rd double-double and LaFrentz added 17 and nine for Denver, which has lost eight of its last 11 games.

LaFrentz scored nine points and McDyess added eight in the first quarter when the Nuggets shot 54 percent (13-of-24) and built a 30-18 lead.

"The first half we had control of the game," said Denver guard George McCloud, who had 12 points in 26 minutes off the bench. "In the second half, we wanted to come out and push the ball, but we came out flat."

Orlando appeared to need a little time to adjust to the altitude in Denver as it was playing its third road game in four nights.

The Magic opened the second period with a 13-3 burst to pull within, 33-31, when Troy Hudson made a layup with 9:14 to go. McDyess answered with a hook shot and dunk to give the Nuggets a 37-31 lead.

The Magic used a 9-2 surge to take their first lead, 44-43, on a driving layup by McGrady with 2:59 left in the second. But Nick Van Exel hit a running jumper as Denver regained the lead 1:36 later. LaFrentz sank a pair of free throws with 1:03 left and had a dunk to push Denver's lead to 49-44 with 21 seconds remaining. Outlaw made a 16-footer at the buzzer.

Armstrong made just 1-of-6 shots in the first half, but opened the third period with a 3-pointer to tie the score and trigger a 13-2 run. McGrady scored eight points in that span, including a 3-pointer that put Orlando ahead, 59-51, with 9:38 to play.

"We came out in the second half and didn't play basketball for about five minutes," Denver coach Dan Issel said. "It didn't slip away from us. They took it. When you give up 21 second-chance points, it's tough to win. We just have to find the people that want to play hard."

Andrew DeClercq, who finished with eight points, had a layup to cap a 10-1 burst and give the Magic their largest lead, 70-55, with 5:09 to go in the third. But Denver closed the quarter with a 12-2 run to cut the deficit to 72-67 on Robert Pack's layup with 24 seconds left.

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