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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- PHILADELPHIA 22 20 15 16 73 ORLANDO 16 21 17 20 74 FINAL


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PHILADELPHIA (73) AT ORLANDO (74)

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

LYNCH F 41 3-8 4-4 6 14 20 4 2 1 5 10 RATLIFF F 38 5-14 7-9 3 6 9 1 5 1 1 17 GEIGER C 30 9-16 0-0 5 3 8 0 4 1 2 18 IVERSON G 41 5-21 3-4 1 4 5 4 1 1 6 14 SNOW G 35 2-6 0-0 1 3 4 4 2 1 3 4 HILL 29 2-6 3-4 3 8 11 1 5 0 2 7 HONEYCUTT 5 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 HUGHES 9 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 MCKIE 12 1-2 0-0 1 0 1 1 1 0 4 3 GRANT DNP - COACH'S DECISION MAHORN DNP - COACH'S DECISION MOHAMMED DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 27-77 17-21 20 38 58 15 22 5 23 73 (.351) (.810) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 23(29 PTS)

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

GRANT F 34 2-10 0-2 5 5 10 1 0 2 1 4 M HARPRING F 26 1-5 2-2 3 3 6 1 1 2 0 4 AUSTIN C 22 4-15 1-2 4 2 6 0 4 3 1 9 ANDERSON G 37 5-17 3-6 2 6 8 2 2 0 3 15 A HARDAWAY G 40 4-11 0-0 2 4 6 2 4 2 4 11 D ARMSTRONG 36 5-17 3-3 1 2 3 6 2 4 3 14 DOLEAC 19 3-5 4-4 2 2 4 0 1 0 0 10 STRONG 21 2-9 3-3 3 2 5 1 2 1 1 7 D WILKINS 5 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 B ARMSTRONG DNP - COACH'S DECISION OUTLAW DNP - LEFT CALF STRAIN SCHAYES DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 26-91 16-22 22 26 48 14 16 14 13 74 (.286) (.727) TEAM REBS: 14 TOTAL TO: 14(17 PTS)

PHILADELPHIA 22 20 15 16 - 73 ORLANDO 16 21 17 20 - 74

BLOCKED SHOTS: PHILADELPHIA - RATLIFF 5, HILL 2, IVERSON, GEIGER, HONEYCUTT. ORLANDO - GRANT 2, A HARDAWAY, DOLEAC. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: PHILADELPHIA 2-7 (.286), IVERSON 1-5, HONEYCUTT 0-1, MCKIE 1-1. ORLANDO 6-20 (.300), M HARPRING 0-1, ANDERSON 2-10, A HARDAWAY 3-4, D ARMSTRONG 1-5. TECHNICALS: PHILADELPHIA - IVERSON. OFFICIALS: HUE HOLLINS, SCOTT FOSTER, TOMMIE WOOD. A - 16,555. T - 2:16.


Box Score

PHILADELPHIA (73) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Lynch 41 3-8 4-4 6-20 4 2 10 Ratliff 38 5-14 7-9 3-9 1 5 17 Geiger 30 9-16 0-0 5-8 0 4 18 Iverson 41 5-21 3-4 1-5 4 1 14 Snow 35 2-6 0-0 1-4 4 2 4 Hill 29 2-6 3-4 3-11 1 5 7 Honeycutt 5 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Hughes 9 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 2 0 Mckie 12 1-2 0-0 1-1 1 1 3 Grant DNP - coach's decision Mahorn DNP - coach's decision Mohammed DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 27-77 17-21 20-58 15 22 73 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.351, FT-.810. 3-Point Goals: 2-7, .286 (Iverson 1-5, Honeycutt 0-1, Mckie 1-1). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 10 (Ratliff 5, Hill 2, Iverson, Geiger, Honeycutt). Turnovers: 23 (Iverson 6, Lynch 5, Mckie 4, Snow 3, Geiger 2, Hill 2, Ratliff). Steals: 5 (Geiger, Iverson, Lynch, Ratliff, Snow).

ORLANDO (74) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Grant 34 2-10 0-2 5-10 1 0 4 M Harpring 26 1-5 2-2 3-6 1 1 4 Austin 22 4-15 1-2 4-6 0 4 9 Anderson 37 5-17 3-6 2-8 2 2 15 A Hardaway 40 4-11 0-0 2-6 2 4 11 D Armstrong 36 5-17 3-3 1-3 6 2 14 Doleac 19 3-5 4-4 2-4 0 1 10 Strong 21 2-9 3-3 3-5 1 2 7 D Wilkins 5 0-2 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 B Armstrong DNP - coach's decision Outlaw DNP - left calf strain Schayes DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 26-91 16-22 22-48 14 16 74 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.286, FT-.727. 3-Point Goals: 6-20, .300 (M Harpring 0-1, Anderson 2-10, A Hardaway 3-4, D Armstrong 1-5). Team rebounds: 14. Blocked shots: 4 (Grant 2, A Hardaway, Doleac). Turnovers: 14 (A Hardaway 4, Anderson 3, D Armstrong 3, Austin, Grant, Strong). Steals: 14 (D Armstrong 4, Austin 3, A Hardaway 2, Grant 2, M Harpring 2, Strong). ____________________________________________ Philadelphia 22 20 15 16 - 73 Orlando 16 21 17 20 - 74 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Philadelphia 1 (Iverson, 0:33 1st). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 16,555. T: 2:16. Officials: Hue Hollins, Scott Foster, Tommie Wood.


Game Story

ORLANDO, Florida (Ticker) -- Darrell Armstrong stole George Lynch's mid-court in-bounds pass and drove for a layup at the buzzer that gave the Orlando Magic an improbable 74-73 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers.

The 76ers scored only two points in the final four minutes but appeared ready to win after Theo Ratliff blocked a layup by Orlando's Isaac Austin. Eric Snow grabbed the rebound and was fouled with 3.3 seconds left and Philadelphia took the ball at mid-court, holding a 73-72 lead.

Lynch, who had 10 points and a career-high 20 rebounds, was unable to find an open man and called time. On a second try, Armstrong stepped in front of his pass and raced in for the layup just before the buzzer.

"I think this ranks up on top of my NBA career right now," Armstrong said. "The biggest thing going through my head (was) how much time I've got. I wasn't trying to throw the ball that way, it just hit my hand and went that way."

"Darrell Armstrong made one of the biggest plays this franchise has ever seen," Magic forward Horace Grant said.

Lynch and Sixers coach Larry Brown took the blame for the play.

"The last thing that we left at the timeout, we said, `Hey, if there is a problem, we have a 20-second (timeout), don't throw it back. Throw it forward,'" Brown said. "A coach has to be able to tell a team how to get the ball in bounds. Maybe I was not clear enough."

"I saw a lot of people. I saw people open for a split second," Lynch said. "At the last minute I tried to force it in there. It is a learning experience. I knew better and I should have called a 20-second. It cost us the game."

The finish capped a fantastic game for Armstrong, who had 14 points, six assists and four steals off the bench while holding NBA scoring leader Allen Iverson to a season-low 14 points, less than half his average. Iverson shot 5-of-21 from the field and committed six turnovers.

"Darrell Armstrong has a heart bigger than his chest," Magic coach Chuck Daly said. "He had to play the most minutes he had all year (36) and I could hardly take him out. One, because of Iverson and two, because he kept us in a flow offensively."

The Magic avenged a 20-point loss at Philadelphia on the opening weekend of the season and have won 16 of their last 20 home meetings with the Sixers, who blew a seven-point lead in the final four minutes, missing 13 of their last 14 shots.

"I was begging them the whole game," Brown said. "We acted like we were not supposed to win. It should not have come down to that. That is the sad thing. We completely dominated the game."

Nick Anderson shook off a finger injury to score 15 points for the Magic, who improved to 11-1 at home, the best mark in the Eastern Conference.

Ratliff had 17 points, nine rebounds and five blocks for the 76ers, who came in with an NBA-best 5-2 road mark but had their two-game winning streak snapped.

"It is hard when the entire team plays as hard as we played," Lynch said. "We beat them the entire game. We had the game won."

"George just played awesome. He had a great game," Sixers center Matt Geiger said. "Everybody is going to think like it is his fault. Every single turnover in this game was the same turnover. It's just when you make the last one, everybody points the finger at you."

A free throw by Ratliff gave Philadelphia a 71-64 lead with 3:59 left before Austin made a short jumper and Armstrong drove for a layup within a flurry of misses by both teams, pulling Orlando within three with 1:24 remaining.

The Sixers had missed 11 straight shots until Iverson buried a 20-footer with 1:12 to go. Falling out of bounds, Armstrong tried to throw the ball off a defender but missed. However, the loose ball bounced right to Penny Hardaway, whose 3-pointer made it 73-71 with 1:01 left.

"We had a ball stolen," Brown said. "(Armstrong) was falling out of bounds, he bounces, we had four guys on the ball, then the ball is in Penny's handsd and he hits the 3-pointer. Then we cannot get it in bounds. Mind-boggling."

Lynch made a bad pass and Austin was fouled. But he made just 1-of-2 from the line with 34 seconds left. Iverson misfired on a jumper and the Magic tried to run but Ratliff blocked Austin's drive.

Geiger had 18 points and eight rebounds and newcomer Tyrone Hill added seven and 11 for the Sixers, whose big men basically overcame Iverson's worst game of the season. Philadelphia held a 58-48 edge on the glass, blocked 10 shots and limited Orlando to 29 percent (26-of-91) shooting, the lowest percentage in Magic franchise history.

"They are a heckuva a basketball team and we literally stole one from them tonight," Daly said. "They played very hard, very quick and very aggressive."

Hardaway scored 11 points and rookie Michael Doleac added 10 for the Magic, who limited the Sixers to 35 percent (27-of-77) and forced 23 turnovers. Grant pulled down 10 rebounds.

Philadelphia led by five at halftime and two free throws from Ratliff capped a 9-0 burst that widened the gap to 57-46 with 3:33 left in the third quarter. Orlando scored the last eight points of the period and Derek Strong opened the fourth quarter with a three-point play and two foul shots, giving the Magic a 59-57 lead. The Sixers regained control with six consecutive points by Lynch and a 3-pointer by Iverson.

The Sixers dominated the glass in the first half, opening a 42-37 lead. Geiger scored 14 points and Ratliff 13 to offset a poor first half by Iverson, who had just five points on 1-of-10 shooting. Anderson had 11 for Orlando, which was outrebounded, 31-17.

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