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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- BOSTON 15 29 16 22 82 ORLANDO 22 26 25 17 90 FINAL


BOSTON (82) AT ORLANDO (90)

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

WALKER F 42 10-28 0-0 6 6 12 1 4 3 5 21 MCCARTY F 34 5-16 2-3 5 4 9 1 2 3 1 12 KNIGHT C 21 2-7 0-0 2 5 7 3 4 2 2 4 MERCER G 29 1-7 2-2 0 1 1 7 4 3 0 4 BILLUPS G 23 2-8 0-0 2 1 3 2 3 2 4 5 DECLERCQ 16 2-2 0-0 1 0 1 0 4 0 2 4 BOWEN 19 5-9 1-2 3 1 4 2 4 4 1 12 BARROS 25 6-12 0-0 1 0 1 4 3 2 3 14 BROWN 17 3-5 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 1 0 6 THOMAS 9 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 1 1 0 MINOR 5 0-1 0-0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 ROGERS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 36-95 5-7 21 20 41 20 31 21 19 82 (.379) (.714) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 19(15 PTS)

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

OUTLAW F 42 6-7 3-5 2 8 10 3 4 0 3 15 GRANT F 40 3-8 4-6 5 4 9 5 0 2 1 10 SEIKALY C 35 6-13 7-12 6 6 12 1 0 0 5 19 D HARPER G 29 3-9 0-0 0 1 1 4 1 0 2 8 ARMSTRONG G 30 3-6 8-9 1 6 7 2 0 3 8 14 EVANS 17 1-5 2-2 0 3 3 1 2 2 1 5 MAXWELL 15 1-5 2-2 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 4 PRICE 23 5-7 3-4 0 2 2 0 1 1 6 13 WILKINS 5 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 SCHAYES 4 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 LAWSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION TAYLOR DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 29-62 29-40 14 32 46 16 9 9 27 90 (.468) (.725) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 27(22 PTS)

BOSTON 15 29 16 22 - 82 ORLANDO 22 26 25 17 - 90

BLOCKED SHOTS: BOSTON - WALKER 2. ORLANDO - OUTLAW 5, SEIKALY 2, ARMSTRONG 2, EVANS 2, D HARPER. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: BOSTON 5-23 (.217), WALKER 1-6, MCCARTY 0-2, KNIGHT 0-3, BILLUPS 1-4, BOWEN 1-2, BARROS 2-5, BROWN 0-1. ORLANDO 3-10 (.300), D HARPER 2-3, EVANS 1-3, MAXWELL 0-2, PRICE 0-2. TECHNICALS: BOSTON - WALKER 2 (EJECTED). OFFICIALS: STEVE JAVIE, GARY BENSON, RON OLESIAK. A - 17,248. T - 2:07.


BOSTON (82) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Walker 42 10-28 0-0 6-12 1 4 21 Mccarty 34 5-16 2-3 5-9 1 2 12 Knight 21 2-7 0-0 2-7 3 4 4 Mercer 29 1-7 2-2 0-1 7 4 4 Billups 23 2-8 0-0 2-3 2 3 5 Declercq 16 2-2 0-0 1-1 0 4 4 Bowen 19 5-9 1-2 3-4 2 4 12 Barros 25 6-12 0-0 1-1 4 3 14 Brown 17 3-5 0-0 0-1 0 1 6 Thomas 9 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 Minor 5 0-1 0-0 1-1 0 1 0 Rogers DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-95 5-7 21-41 20 31 82 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.379, FT-.714. 3-Point Goals: 5-23, .217 (Walker 1-6, Mccarty 0-2, Knight 0-3, Billups 1-4, Bowen 1-2, Barros 2-5, Brown 0-1). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 2 (Walker 2). Turnovers: 19 (Walker 5, Billups 4, Barros 3, Declercq 2, Knight 2, Bowen, Mccarty, Thomas). Steals: 21 (Bowen 4, Mccarty 3, Mercer 3, Walker 3, Barros 2, Billups 2, Knight 2, Brown, Thomas).

ORLANDO (90) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Outlaw 42 6-7 3-5 2-10 3 4 15 Grant 40 3-8 4-6 5-9 5 0 10 Seikaly 35 6-13 7-12 6-12 1 0 19 D Harper 29 3-9 0-0 0-1 4 1 8 Armstrong 30 3-6 8-9 1-7 2 0 14 Evans 17 1-5 2-2 0-3 1 2 5 Maxwell 15 1-5 2-2 0-1 0 1 4 Price 23 5-7 3-4 0-2 0 1 13 Wilkins 5 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 Schayes 4 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 Lawson DNP - coach's decision Taylor DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 29-62 29-40 14-46 16 9 90 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.468, FT-.725. 3-Point Goals: 3-10, .300 (D Harper 2-3, Evans 1-3, Maxwell 0-2, Price 0-2). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 12 (Outlaw 5, Seikaly 2, Armstrong 2, Evans 2, D Harper). Turnovers: 27 (Armstrong 8, Price 6, Seikaly 5, Outlaw 3, D Harper 2, Evans, Grant, Maxwell). Steals: 9 (Armstrong 3, Evans 2, Grant 2, Price, Schayes). ____________________________________________ Boston 15 29 16 22 - 82 Orlando 22 26 25 17 - 90 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Boston 2 (Walker 2 (ejected), 7:36 3rd, 1:09 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,248. T: 2:07. Officials: Steve Javie, Gary Benson, Ron Olesiak.


GAME RECAP

Darrell Armstrong and Horace Grant fueled an early run and Rony Seikaly collected 19 points and 12 rebounds as the Orlando Magic notched just their second home win in a month with a 90-82 victory over the slumping Boston Celtics.

Armstrong and Grant each scored four points in an 8-0 burst that opened the game and gave Orlando the lead for good. Armstrong finished with 14 points and Grant added 10, eight in the first quarter.

Seikaly, who scored eight points in the opening period, had eight more in the third quarter as the Magic rebuilt a 48-44 halftime edge back into double digits. He scored three points in a 7-0 fourth-quarter spurt that sealed the win.

Bo Outlaw added 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Magic, who are just 2-6 at home since a 106-98 victory over Chicago on December 10th. Orlando, which set a club record by committing just nine fouls, had lost 10 of its last 12 overall but beat Boston for the sixth straight time.

"A good win and I loved the way we played," Magic coach Chuck Daly said. "We really held them down, did a good defensive job but just kind of gave the ball away late in the game."

"We were moving the ball very well today," Outlaw said. "I don't know how many assists we had but but when guys got doubled, we were swinging the ball extremely well, guys were knocking shots down."

Antoine Walker collected 21 points and 12 rebounds before being ejected for the Celtics, who have lost four in a row, three by double figures. Boston forced 27 turnovers but remained winless against Orlando since April 4th, 1996.

"Back-to-back, I think, hurts their (trapping) style of play a little bit," Magic guard Derek Harper said. "I don't think their mind-set is to come in and trap in back-to-back games as much as they do on a fresh night."

For the second straight game, the Celtics made no attempt to take the ball to the basket, settling for outside shots. They had just seven free throws after a club record-low five against Seattle on Friday.

"The free-throw disparity the last couple of nights has been unbelievable," Walker said. "I know it is not that bad. It was like 40-10, and 45-5 last night. It is getting a little ridiculous."

"The problem we have is we have a limited low-post game," said Celtics coach Rick Pitino. "That's OK, first year while we're building, that's OK. But where we're making a crucial mistake is when we run the break, we're running it for jump shots and that's what you can't do. You've got to run the break to get to the rim."

A drive by Armstrong, a dunk and 19-footer by Grant and two foul shots by Armstrong gave the Magic an 8-0 lead just 3 1/2 minutes into the game. Boston's first score came 11 seconds later on a three-pointer by Walker.

A layup by Outlaw extended the lead to 20-7 with 3:27 remaining in the first period before Boston closed the quarter with an 8-2 burst, cutting the deficit to seven points.

Walker scored eight points in the second quarter, including a layup with 54 seconds remaining that cut the deficit to 46-44.

The Magic added a basket before the buzzer and the Celtics got no closer. A basket by Seikaly rebuilt the lead to 71-55 with 1:24 left in the third quarter and Orlando took a 73-60 bulge to the final period.

A drive by Bruce Bowen pulled Boston within 78-67 before Seikaly had three free throws in a 7-0 spurt that gave the Magic their largest lead at 85-67 with 4:22 remaining.

Walker, who drew a technical foul in the third quarter, dunked over Armstrong and stared at the referee with 1:09 to play, earning a second technical and an ejection. He shot 10-of-28 from the field.

"The first call was because I told him that he goaltended," said Walker. "I didn't curse and I didn't swear. Then he said I stared at him after I dunked the ball. I don't know what it is."

Mark Price scored 13 points off the bench and Grant grabbed nine rebounds for the Magic, who shot 47 percent (29-of-62) from the field and made 29-of-40 free throws. Point guards Armstrong had eight turnovers and Price six against Boston's trapping defense.

"We ended up with 27 turnovers, but that's what they are known for," Daly said. "They are an awfully good pressing team and trapping team."

"We've got two point guards that can penetrate and get into the teeth of their defense and kick it out for people ducking in or whatever," Seikaly said. "It's their defense that mnakes it like that."

Dana Barros scored 14 points and Bowen and Walter McCarty added 12 apiece for the Celtics, who shot under 38 percent (36-of-95), including 5-of-23 from three-point range.

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