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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- ORLANDO 35 11 21 11 78 MIAMI 17 22 19 26 84 FINAL


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ORLANDO (78) AT MIAMI (84)

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

GRANT F 42 4-11 0-0 0 4 4 3 4 4 2 8 OUTLAW F 35 6-8 0-3 3 8 11 4 4 1 3 12 AUSTIN C 30 6-10 1-2 3 3 6 4 4 1 6 13 ANDERSON G 37 9-15 1-1 2 3 5 2 0 2 4 25 A HARDAWAY G 41 3-14 3-4 0 7 7 6 2 1 3 10 ARMSTRONG 24 1-6 5-5 1 1 2 2 5 2 2 8 DOLEAC 8 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 M HARPRING 11 1-1 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 SCHAYES 2 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 STRONG 10 0-3 0-2 0 2 2 0 1 0 0 0 SIMON DNP - COACH'S DECISION D WILKINS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 30-70 10-17 10 28 38 21 23 11 21 78 (.429) (.588) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 21(31 PTS)

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

BROWN F 39 6-13 0-0 4 5 9 1 2 2 1 12 STRICKLAND F 8 0-4 0-0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 MOURNING C 42 5-20 14-15 2 4 6 3 2 3 5 24 MAJERLE G 40 4-8 2-2 0 5 5 1 3 2 4 13 PORTER G 41 6-10 2-3 0 3 3 2 4 5 2 17 EDWARDS 24 2-3 3-3 0 2 2 3 2 2 1 7 WALTERS 25 2-5 1-1 0 2 2 6 6 0 2 5 WEATHERSPOON 21 1-3 4-4 3 3 6 0 0 0 1 6 ASKINS DNP - COACH'S DECISION CAUSWELL DNP - COACH'S DECISION CONLON DNP - COACH'S DECISION HARDAWAY DNP - HYPEREXTENDED RIGHT KNEE

TOTALS 240 26-66 26-28 10 24 34 16 20 14 16 84 (.394) (.929) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 17(20 PTS)

ORLANDO 35 11 21 11 - 78 MIAMI 17 22 19 26 - 84

BLOCKED SHOTS: ORLANDO - AUSTIN, ANDERSON. MIAMI - MOURNING 3, MAJERLE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: ORLANDO 8-17 (.471), OUTLAW 0-1, ANDERSON 6-11, A HARDAWAY 1-4, ARMSTRONG 1-1. MIAMI 6-10 (.600), MAJERLE 3-5, PORTER 3-4, WALTERS 0-1. TECHNICALS: ORLANDO - ILLEGAL DEFENSE 2, MIAMI - ILLEGAL DEFENSE 2. OFFICIALS: RONNIE NUNN, SEAN CORBIN, RASHAN MICHEL. A - 15,200. T - 2:26.


Box Score

ORLANDO (78) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Grant 42 4-11 0-0 0-4 3 4 8 Outlaw 35 6-8 0-3 3-11 4 4 12 Austin 30 6-10 1-2 3-6 4 4 13 Anderson 37 9-15 1-1 2-5 2 0 25 A Hardaway 41 3-14 3-4 0-7 6 2 10 Armstrong 24 1-6 5-5 1-2 2 5 8 Doleac 8 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 2 0 M Harpring 11 1-1 0-0 1-1 0 0 2 Schayes 2 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Strong 10 0-3 0-2 0-2 0 1 0 Simon DNP - coach's decision D Wilkins DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-70 10-17 10-38 21 23 78 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.429, FT-.588. 3-Point Goals: 8-17, .471 (Outlaw 0-1, Anderson 6-11, A Hardaway 1-4, Armstrong 1-1). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 2 (Austin, Anderson). Turnovers: 21 (Austin 6, Anderson 4, A Hardaway 3, Outlaw 3, Armstrong 2, Grant 2, Doleac). Steals: 11 (Grant 4, Anderson 2, Armstrong 2, A Hardaway, Austin, Outlaw).

MIAMI (84) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Brown 39 6-13 0-0 4-9 1 2 12 Strickland 8 0-4 0-0 1-1 0 1 0 Mourning 42 5-20 14-15 2-6 3 2 24 Majerle 40 4-8 2-2 0-5 1 3 13 Porter 41 6-10 2-3 0-3 2 4 17 Edwards 24 2-3 3-3 0-2 3 2 7 Walters 25 2-5 1-1 0-2 6 6 5 Weatherspoon 21 1-3 4-4 3-6 0 0 6 Askins DNP - coach's decision Causwell DNP - coach's decision Conlon DNP - coach's decision Hardaway DNP - hyperextended right knee _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 26-66 26-28 10-34 16 20 84 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.394, FT-.929. 3-Point Goals: 6-10, .600 (Majerle 3-5, Porter 3-4, Walters 0-1). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 4 (Mourning 3, Majerle). Turnovers: 17 (Mourning 5, Majerle 4, Porter 2, Walters 2, Brown, Edwards, Weatherspoon). Steals: 14 (Porter 5, Mourning 3, Brown 2, Edwards 2, Majerle 2). ____________________________________________ Orlando 35 11 21 11 - 78 Miami 17 22 19 26 - 84 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Orlando 2 (Illegal Defense 2, 4:50 2nd, 10:02 4th). Miami 2 (Illegal Defense 2, 1:28 2nd, 9:39 4th). Flagrant fouls: Miami 1 (Walters, 1:01 3rd). A: 15,200. T: 2:26. Officials: Ronnie Nunn, Sean Corbin, Rashan Michel.


Game Story

MIAMI (Ticker) -- Trailing by 20 points and without their best offensive player, the Miami Heat had no choice but to turn to their traditionally tough defense.

The Heat held the Orlando Magic to long basket droughts at the beginning and the end of the fourth quarter, when they allowed just 11 points and rallied for an 84-78 victory, their eighth in nine games.

Heat All-Star guard Tim Hardaway sat out with a hyperextended knee. Terry Porter started in his place and scored 17 points, including a 3-pointer with 2:22 to go that gave Miami the lead for good.

"We were fighting in the first half and everything was clicking for them," Porter said. "Our offense was stagnating but once we got ahead, we hung in there."

"Terry Porter is the best free agent pickup in the Eastern Conference," Miami coach Pat Riley said. "We were committed and wanted to win, whether Tim was there or not."

Alonzo Mourning put on a stunning performance at the foul line and scored 24 points to lead Miami (9-4), which moved within one-half game of Orlando atop the Atlantic Division. The Magic had been 8-0 when leading at halftime.

"We wanted to make a statement to these guys after playing so poorly against them in (two losses in the) preseason," said Miami forward P.J. Brown, who had a clutch jumper and defensive play in the waning seconds. "We figure that the Atlantic Division will come down to us, New York or Orlando, so this was definitely a statement game."

Orlando went 3:04 without a basket at the outset of the fourth quarter, giving away the lead. The Magic regained a 77-76 edge with 3:35 left on a 3-pointer by Nick Anderson, who scored 25 points. But Orlando did not score from the field again.

Mourning blocked a drive by Darrell Armstrong, triggering a fast break that led to Porter's wide-open 3-pointer. On the next possession, Orlando's Penny Hardaway missed two shots before Isaac Austin corraled an offensive rebound and was fouled.

"I've been in the league six years," Hardaway said. "I think I deserve a call when I get fouled. ... At the end I get fouled right in front of (the referee's) face and he says, `It's crunch time. Don't say anything to me.'" Dan Majerle nor Terry Porter can guard me in my sleep. They let them get away with all kinds of bull during the game, because they're undermanned."

Austin split the free throws to make it 79-78 with 1:17 to play. The Magic forced a 24-second violation but Hardaway missed a 3-pointer. Orlando nearly forced another turnover, but Miami's Blue Edwards batted a loose ball to Brown, who sank a 12-foot jumper.

"Who in the arena would have thought that P.J. Brown would have taken a shot like that?" Brown said. "Blue was bobbling the ball so he batted it to me. I said, `Blue, let me help you.' And it went in."

"There were three forces -- the dark hand of chance, then there's luck, then there's a force," Riley said. "We got a little bit lucky when Blue Edwards fumbled the basketball and then that dark hand of chance was ready to come up and take the turnover. Somehow it ended up in P.J.'s hands and he made the shot. Maybe it was pre-ordained."

Brown deflected the ensuing in-bounds pass off Horace Grant's foot and Porter and Mourning combined for three free throws in the final seconds. Mourning made 14-of-15 free throws.

"It was a collective effort and that's been the case for the last 13 games," said Mourning, who made just 5-of-20 shots. "Guys who haven't been playing have been coming in and picking up the slack. They've accepted their role and been productive."

Majerle scored 13 points and Brown added 12 and nine rebounds for the Heat, who shot 39 percent (26-of-66) but made 26-of-28 free throws. Orlando made just 10-of-17.

Austin scored 13 points and Bo Outlaw added 12 and 11 boards for the Magic, who shot 43 percent (30-of-70) and held a 38-34 edge on the glass. Hardaway made just 3-of-14 points and scored 10 points.

"I don't care about getting fined, I don't care about (NBA vice president of operation) Rod Thorn calling," Hardaway said. "I'm just sick and tired of looking at the stat sheet and I'm 3-for-14 or 3-for-16 and half of those plays are people fouling me."

The Magic had no complaints in the first quarter, when they shot 81 percent (13-of-16) and raced to a 35-17 lead. Anderson, who made 6-of-11 3-pointers, scored 11 of their first 19 points.

Orlando opened its largest lead at 37-17 on a basket by Outlaw 36 seconds into the second quarter. The Heat closed to 46-39 at halftime but the Magic opened the third quarter with an 11-3 run. Outlaw's jumper built the lead to 57-42 with 7:35 to go.

A 3-pointer by Majerle closed the period and began a 13-0 burst. Brown's jumper with 9:53 remaining gave Miami a 68-67 lead.

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