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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- ORLANDO 15 24 30 20 89 TORONTO 23 15 20 26 84 FINAL


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ORLANDO (89) AT TORONTO (84)

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

GRANT F 32 4-11 0-0 0 3 3 3 2 0 2 8 OUTLAW F 34 4-5 2-7 4 4 8 1 4 0 2 10 AUSTIN C 34 2-9 4-6 1 7 8 1 1 0 4 8 ANDERSON G 40 4-9 5-8 2 4 6 4 2 1 3 15 A HARDAWAY G 40 6-9 0-0 0 5 5 5 1 3 5 13 ARMSTRONG 30 5-14 7-7 2 4 6 7 2 3 2 19 M HARPRING 19 4-8 2-2 1 3 4 1 0 1 1 10 STRONG 11 1-4 4-4 2 1 3 0 1 0 0 6 DOLEAC DNP - COACH'S DECISION KERNER DNP - COACH'S DECISION SIMON DNP - COACH'S DECISION D WILKINS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 30-69 24-34 12 31 43 22 13 8 19 89 (.435) (.706) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 19(18 PTS)

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

CARTER F 40 9-20 0-0 2 2 4 2 6 0 4 19 OAKLEY F 30 1-5 0-0 2 8 10 3 1 1 2 2 K WILLIS C 41 9-21 3-3 3 11 14 4 5 1 3 21 CHRISTIE G 29 3-8 0-0 0 1 1 3 2 3 3 7 A WILLIAMS G 36 4-5 0-0 0 2 2 6 5 1 1 10 BROWN 27 3-8 1-2 0 1 1 2 2 1 1 9 MCGRADY 22 5-11 0-0 4 1 5 6 2 0 1 11 SLATER 2 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 STEWART 6 1-3 0-0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 2 WALLACE 7 1-1 1-2 0 3 3 0 2 0 1 3 KNIGHT DNP - COACH'S DECISION THOMAS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 36-82 5-7 12 31 43 26 26 7 16 84 (.439) (.714) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 18(21 PTS)

ORLANDO 15 24 30 20 - 89 TORONTO 23 15 20 26 - 84

BLOCKED SHOTS: ORLANDO - OUTLAW 3, ANDERSON, A HARDAWAY. TORONTO - MCGRADY, A WILLIAMS, CHRISTIE, CARTER, BROWN. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: ORLANDO 5-14 (.357), ANDERSON 2-4, A HARDAWAY 1-1, ARMSTRONG 2-7, M HARPRING 0-2. TORONTO 7-15 (.467), CARTER 1-3, OAKLEY 0-1, CHRISTIE 1-1, A WILLIAMS 2-2, BROWN 2-5, MCGRADY 1-3. TECHNICALS: TORONTO - HEAD COACH CARTER. OFFICIALS: TOMMY NUNEZ, GARY BENSON, RON GARRETSON. A - 15,601. T - 2:19.


Box Score

ORLANDO (89) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Grant 32 4-11 0-0 0-3 3 2 8 Outlaw 34 4-5 2-7 4-8 1 4 10 Austin 34 2-9 4-6 1-8 1 1 8 Anderson 40 4-9 5-8 2-6 4 2 15 A Hardaway 40 6-9 0-0 0-5 5 1 13 Armstrong 30 5-14 7-7 2-6 7 2 19 M Harpring 19 4-8 2-2 1-4 1 0 10 Strong 11 1-4 4-4 2-3 0 1 6 Doleac DNP - coach's decision Kerner DNP - coach's decision Simon DNP - coach's decision D Wilkins DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-69 24-34 12-43 22 13 89 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.435, FT-.706. 3-Point Goals: 5-14, .357 (Anderson 2-4, A Hardaway 1-1, Armstrong 2-7, M Harpring 0-2). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 5 (Outlaw 3, Anderson, A Hardaway). Turnovers: 19 (A Hardaway 5, Austin 4, Anderson 3, Armstrong 2, Grant 2, Outlaw 2, M Harpring). Steals: 8 (A Hardaway 3, Armstrong 3, Anderson, M Harpring).

TORONTO (84) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Carter 40 9-20 0-0 2-4 2 6 19 Oakley 30 1-5 0-0 2-10 3 1 2 K Willis 41 9-21 3-3 3-14 4 5 21 Christie 29 3-8 0-0 0-1 3 2 7 A Williams 36 4-5 0-0 0-2 6 5 10 Brown 27 3-8 1-2 0-1 2 2 9 Mcgrady 22 5-11 0-0 4-5 6 2 11 Slater 2 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 Stewart 6 1-3 0-0 1-2 0 0 2 Wallace 7 1-1 1-2 0-3 0 2 3 Knight DNP - coach's decision Thomas DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-82 5-7 12-43 26 26 84 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.439, FT-.714. 3-Point Goals: 7-15, .467 (Carter 1-3, Oakley 0-1, Christie 1-1, A Williams 2-2, Brown 2-5, Mcgrady 1-3). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 5 (Mcgrady, A Williams, Christie, Carter, Brown). Turnovers: 18 (Carter 4, Christie 3, K Willis 3, Oakley 2, A Williams, Brown, Mcgrady, Wallace). Steals: 7 (Christie 3, A Williams, Brown, K Willis, Oakley). ____________________________________________ Orlando 15 24 30 20 - 89 Toronto 23 15 20 26 - 84 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Toronto 1 (Head Coach Carter, 11:30 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 15,601. T: 2:19. Officials: Tommy Nunez, Gary Benson, Ron Garretson.


Game Story

TORONTO (Ticker) -- Darrell Armstrong continues to play his best when it counts most.

Armstrong scored nine of his 19 points in the fourth quarter as the Orlando Magic won their third straight game and improved on the Eastern Conference's best record with a narrow 89-84 victory over the Toronto Raptors.

"Darrell Armstrong created a couple of shots and he made his free throws," Orlando coach Chuck Daly said. "He makes big plays off the dribble."

The Magic (13-4) seemed to have things under control with a 69-58 lead entering the fourth quarter. But Toronto coach Butch Carter, unimpressed with his team's lackluster performance, drew a technical foul to fire up the Raptors and the emotional display had an immediate impact.

Rookie Vince Carter, who scored 19 points, sank a jumper with less than seven minutes to play that capped a 14-0 burst and pulled Toronto even at 72-72.

"We started hitting shots and executing," said Carter. "It's tough when you make a run and then run out of gas."

The teams exchanged baskets over the next six minutes before Isaac Austin drained a jumper to put Orlando ahead for good, 84-82, with 29 seconds to play.

Armstrong, who also had seven assists and six rebounds, scored eight of his team's last 13 points and made a steal of Charles Oakley's outlet pass with four seconds left, preserving an 87-84 lead.

Armstrong, who was a perfect 7-of-7 from the line, has provided the Magic with a significant spark off the bench throughout the season and has helped take pressure off point guard Penny Hardaway.

"Yes, we made some big plays," said Armstrong. "We hung in and tried to make defensive stops. You've got to give them credit. Coach has faith in me down the stretch to hit the shots. ... We are trying to keep our chemistry together. I just went out there ready to play."

Nick Anderson scored 15 points and Hardaway added 14 for the Magic, who maintained a half-game lead over Miami atop the Atlantic Division.

"I'm not trying to score 25 or 30 points to win," said Hardaway. "Ike Austin is coming along and has been knocking his shots down. Every team is going to make a run. Toronto made a great run. They're coming off a big win. You have to stop them and make a run of your own."

Kevin Willis collected 21 points and Tracy McGrady added 11 for the Raptors (5-10), who have dropped four of their last five meetings with the Magic.

Bo Outlaw and rookie Matt Harpring each scored 10 points for the Magic, who were 24-of-34 at the line while limiting the Raptors to just 5-of-7, drawing the ire of coach Carter.

"I don't know what I did to somebody at the league office, but I apologize," Butch Carter said. "The last four games, we've been outshot at the line, 109-52. And we're the only team that somebody has shot 48 free throws against (in one game).

"Kevin Willis takes 21 shots in the paint and goes to the line three times. Vince doesn't get to the line at all and he's in the lane all night long. Two nights in a row, they bounced Vince around like a ping-pong ball anytime he's near the rim and he never goes to the line."

Vince Carter agreed but did not feel that was the deciding factor in the game.

"We can't use that as an excuse," he said. "Regardless of free throws, we still have to execute. We didn't make the shots early and we didn't guard anybody. We had to play catch-up, which is tough any night."

Butch Carter drew the technical after Willis was called for a questionable foul on Derek Strong with 11:30 remaining and the Raptors trailing, 69-58. Armstrong buried the free throw and Strong added a pair to give Orlando a 72-58 bulge.

Vince Carter started the run with a thunderous slam, McGrady buried a 3-pointer and Willis hit a 10-foot hook to pull Toronto within 72-65 with 10:07 left.

After Orlando called timeout, the surge continued as Willis converted a three-point play, McGrady made a driving layup and Carter hit the tying jumper with 6:44 to play.

Anderson stemmed the tide with a tip-in with 5:37 to go, but McGrady answered with an emphatic slam to knot the contest at 74-74.

Hardaway pushed the Magic in front again with a layup before Alvin Williams' running jumper tied it for Toronto with 4:36 left.

Armstrong hit a 17-footer with 4:06 to go that gave Orlando a 78-76 lead. But Vince Carter hit a 9-footer from the right side and drilled a running jumper to give Toronto an 80-78 lead with 2:28 remaining.

Hardaway made a driving layup to pull the Magic even before Austin's nine-footer put the Magic ahead for good with 29 ticks left. Armstrong made all six of his free throws down the stretch to seal the victory for Orlando.

Both teams shot 44 percent from the field and grabbed 43 rebounds.

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