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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- ORLANDO 18 26 30 22 96 PHILADELPHIA 24 27 12 32 95 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: ORL - TRACY MCGRADY 44, DARRELL ARMSTRONG 14, MIKE MILLER 13 PHI - ALLEN IVERSON 37, ERIC SNOW 14, JUMAINE JONES 13

HIGH REBOUND: ORL - TRACY MCGRADY 9, DON REID 7 PHI - TYRONE HILL 17, TWO PLAYERS WITH 8

HIGH ASSISTS: ORL - TRACY MCGRADY 6, DARRELL ARMSTRONG 6 PHI - ERIC SNOW 10, ALLEN IVERSON 4

ATT: 20,683


Extended Box

ORLANDO (96) AT PHILADELPHIA (95)

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

MCGRADY F 44 18-35 8-10 5 4 9 6 0 0 5 44 OUTLAW F 25 3-6 0-0 1 3 4 3 4 1 3 6 DECLERCQ C 13 2-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 4 0 1 4 ARMSTRONG G 39 5-10 2-2 1 3 4 6 6 4 4 14 MILLER G 39 5-13 1-2 0 4 4 3 1 0 2 13 AMAECHI 6 0-3 0-0 1 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 REID 22 0-3 4-4 3 4 7 1 3 2 0 4 WILLIAMS 9 2-3 0-0 0 2 2 0 1 0 1 4 ALEXANDER 9 1-2 0-1 0 1 1 4 5 0 1 2 GARRITY 18 1-2 0-0 0 3 3 0 3 0 1 3 DOLEAC 16 1-4 0-0 0 3 3 2 6 1 1 2 HUDSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 38-83 15-19 11 29 40 25 33 8 20 96 (.458) (.789) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 20(21 PTS)

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

HILL F 41 2-11 5-12 7 10 17 0 3 4 4 9 LYNCH F 29 2-9 0-0 3 4 7 2 6 1 1 4 MUTOMBO C 23 2-2 3-5 3 5 8 1 3 0 3 7 IVERSON G 43 13-31 8-11 1 2 3 4 2 3 10 37 SNOW G 37 2-4 10-10 1 1 2 10 1 2 5 14 GEIGER 19 5-10 1-1 4 4 8 0 1 1 0 11 MCKIE 13 0-3 0-2 0 2 2 1 0 0 2 0 JONES 19 5-8 1-2 3 4 7 0 1 2 0 13 MACCULLOCH 4 0-1 0-0 2 0 2 0 1 1 0 0 OLLIE 7 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 BUFORD 5 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 SANCHEZ DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 31-81 28-43 24 32 56 18 20 14 25 95 (.383) (.651) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 27(25 PTS)

ORLANDO 18 26 30 22 - 96 PHILADELPHIA 24 27 12 32 - 95

BLOCKED SHOTS: ORLANDO - REID 2, DECLERCQ 2, AMAECHI, WILLIAMS. PHILADELPHIA - LYNCH, GEIGER, MACCULLOCH. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: ORLANDO 5-12 (.417), MCGRADY 0-1, ARMSTRONG 2-4, MILLER 2-6, GARRITY 1-1. PHILADELPHIA 5-11 (.455), IVERSON 3-6, SNOW 0-1, MCKIE 0-1, JONES 2-3. TECHNICALS: ORLANDO - HEAD COACH RIVERS, PHILADELPHIA - MUTOMBO, IVERSON. OFFICIALS: DICK BAVETTA, LEROY RICHARDSON, MONTY MCCUTCHEN. A - 20,683. T - 2:42.


Box Score

ORLANDO (96) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mcgrady 44 18-35 8-10 5-9 6 0 44 Outlaw 25 3-6 0-0 1-4 3 4 6 Declercq 13 2-2 0-0 0-1 0 4 4 Armstrong 39 5-10 2-2 1-4 6 6 14 Miller 39 5-13 1-2 0-4 3 1 13 Amaechi 6 0-3 0-0 1-2 0 0 0 Reid 22 0-3 4-4 3-7 1 3 4 Williams 9 2-3 0-0 0-2 0 1 4 Alexander 9 1-2 0-1 0-1 4 5 2 Garrity 18 1-2 0-0 0-3 0 3 3 Doleac 16 1-4 0-0 0-3 2 6 2 Hudson DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-83 15-19 11-40 25 33 96 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.458, FT-.789. 3-Point Goals: 5-12, .417 (Mcgrady 0-1, Armstrong 2-4, Miller 2-6, Garrity 1-1). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 6 (Reid 2, Declercq 2, Amaechi, Williams). Turnovers: 20 (Mcgrady 5, Armstrong 4, Outlaw 3, Miller 2, Alexander, Amaechi, Declercq, Doleac, Garrity, Williams). Steals: 8 (Armstrong 4, Reid 2, Doleac, Outlaw).

PHILADELPHIA (95) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Hill 41 2-11 5-12 7-17 0 3 9 Lynch 29 2-9 0-0 3-7 2 6 4 Mutombo 23 2-2 3-5 3-8 1 3 7 Iverson 43 13-31 8-11 1-3 4 2 37 Snow 37 2-4 10-10 1-2 10 1 14 Geiger 19 5-10 1-1 4-8 0 1 11 Mckie 13 0-3 0-2 0-2 1 0 0 Jones 19 5-8 1-2 3-7 0 1 13 Macculloch 4 0-1 0-0 2-2 0 1 0 Ollie 7 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Buford 5 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 2 0 Sanchez DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-81 28-43 24-56 18 20 95 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.383, FT-.651. 3-Point Goals: 5-11, .455 (Iverson 3-6, Snow 0-1, Mckie 0-1, Jones 2-3). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 3 (Lynch, Geiger, Macculloch). Turnovers: 27 (Iverson 10, Snow 5, Hill 4, Mutombo 3, Mckie 2, Lynch). Steals: 14 (Hill 4, Iverson 3, Jones 2, Snow 2, Geiger, Lynch, Macculloch). ____________________________________________ Orlando 18 26 30 22 - 96 Philadelphia 24 27 12 32 - 95 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Orlando 1 (Head Coach Rivers, 4:52 1st). Philadelphia 2 (Mutombo, 7:03 1st; Iverson, 9:13 4th). Flagrant fouls: Orlando 1 (Miller, 4:52 1st). A: 20,683. T: 2:42. Officials: Dick Bavetta, Leroy Richardson, Monty Mccutchen.


Game Story

PHILADELPHIA (Ticker) -- The best game of Tracy McGrady's career had the best possible finish.

McGrady matched his career high with 44 points and made a tough driving bank shot with 2.7 seconds left to give the Orlando Magic a 96-95 victory over the slumping Philadelphia 76ers.

An All-Star for the first time this season, McGrady outdueled 76ers superstar guard Allen Iverson. He made 18-of-35 shots and rescued the Magic, who blew an 11-point lead with less than four minutes to play.

Iverson, who scored 37 points but committed 10 turnovers, made a 15-footer and was fouled with 7.6 seconds to go. His free throw capped a 16-4 run and gave Philadelphia a 95-94 lead.

The Magic inbounded at mid-court to McGrady, who went hard to the basket on Jumaine Jones. With 6-10 Tyrone Hill ranging over to help on defense, the 6-9 McGrady flipped in a shot high off the glass that quieted the First Union Center crowd.

"I had a good running start on the defender," McGrady said. "I had him beat the whole time. I saw that nobody really committed. It was a shot that I had to make. I've had those looks in those situation all year and they all fell. I had to finger roll that thing down there. That shot went down for me."

"We knew it was all Tracy," Magic coach Doc Rivers said. "We were sitting there drawing up all those crazy plays. Finally I said, `Let's get the ball to T-Mac, put shooters on the floor, and trust that your teammates will make the shot. If they don't help, take it all the way to the basket.' And, he took it to the basket."

Sixers coach Larry Brown opted not to have 7-2 Dikembe Mutombo on the floor and paid for it.

"Tracy made a great play," Brown said. "I could kick myself because I kind of figured he would penetrate. I thought it might be better for Eric (Snow) to play out on the floor with the new (illegal defense) rules."

The Sixers had one last chance but Iverson -- who never has made a game-winning shot in his five-year career -- slipped as he took the inbounds pass and had to rush a 35-foot shot that had no chance. He finished 13-of-31 from the field.

McGrady was a one-man team for the Magic. He added team highs of nine rebounds and six assists and was equally dangerous in the high pick-and-roll or the low post as he scored at least 10 points in each quarter.

"He's 21, but he's really growing into a nice leader," Rivers said. "At halftime, he was pretty animated. He wanted to get the guys going, he wanted to win this game, and we put the ball in his hands on the last play and he won the game for us."

Iverson came out flying but sputtered along with the rest of his teammates in the third quarter, when Philadelphia was outscored 30-12 and fell behind by 13 points. The fourth-quarter rally was led by Eric Snow, who pressed the tempo and had 14 points and 10 assists.

Darrell Armstrong scored 14 points and rookie Mike Miller added 13 for the Magic (39-32), who beat the Sixers in Philadelphia for the second time this season and moved into a tie with Toronto for sixth place in the Eastern Conference.

"I thought that it was really important that they really believe they were not going to lose this game," Rivers said. "When they we're down, they hung in there. This the playoff for us. We don't have any playoff experience and I don't as a coach, the players don't as players, and I told the them that we have to treat the rest of the season like a playoffs. We need as much experience as we can get."

"It was a big win for us, but we got to keep on going, and put this behind us," McGrady said.

Jones scored 13 points and fellow reserve Matt Geiger added 11 for the Sixers (49-22), who have lost six of their last seven and fell one game behind San Antonio for the NBA's best record. Philadelphia lost guard Aaron McKie to a sprained right MCL in the third quarter.

"It's hard to swallow," McKie said. "At some point, you want to be playing your best basketball. I don't think we're doing that right now. It seems like every time something good happens, something else comes up. You just have to find a way to fight through it all."

As they have throughout their slump, the Sixers lost this game in the third quarter. Their seven-point halftime lead turned into a 74-63 deficit as they made 4-of-16 shots, 4-of-12 free throws and seven turnovers.

"The third quarter was a disaster," Brown said.

A three-point play by McGrady capped a 10-2 run and gave Orlando a 90-79 advantage with 3:47 to go. Iverson had a pair of hoops around two free throws by Snow to cut the deficit to 90-85 with 2:51 to play.

Orlando's Don Reid made two foul shots, but the Sixers kept coming. Snow drove for a short jumper, Jones made 1-of-2 free throws and his miss was gobbled up by Dikembe Mutombo, who turned it into two more from the line that made it 92-90 with 1:30 left.

Again, McGrady answered, this time with a 17-footer from the left baseline. Snow again pushed the ball upcourt for two more free throws and the teams traded empty possessions, setting up the final seconds.

"My teammates showed a lot about our character and not giving up," Iverson said. "This game will be important in the long run for us because it proved that if you keep fighting, you'll always have a chance at the end."

Before his three-point play, Iverson missed a drive on which he was knocked to the floor by Reid. Iverson shot 11 free throws but Brown felt he deserved a few more.

"I looked at the replay and that was the most blatant thing," Brown said. "When I said something to (referee Dick) Bavetta -- which I said something about four times to the officials -- they looked at me and said, `Did I miss it?' They (Magic) took about 10 hard fouls and that was one of them."

The Magic shot 46 percent (38-of-83) and forced the Sixers into a season-high 27 turnovers, turning them into 23 points. The Sixers shot 38 percent (31-of-81) and held a 56-40 advantage on the glass.

Hill's game illustrated Philadelphia's frustration. The power forward had nine points and 17 rebounds but made 2-of-11 shots, 5-of-12 free throws and committed four turnovers.

McGrady and Iverson offered a preview of the finish in the first half, when McGrady scored 21 points and Iverson tallied 24.

Iverson scored seven straight Philadelphia points to widen the lead to 45-32 with 3:54 left in the second quarter. But Orlando sliced the deficit from 11 to 51-44 in the final minute of the half and took that momentum into the third quarter.

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