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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- MIAMI 31 16 20 20 87 ORLANDO 20 23 22 29 94 FINAL


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MIAMI (87) AT ORLANDO (94)

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

ASKINS F 4 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 BROWN F 38 9-13 5-6 3 7 10 2 2 2 0 23 MOURNING C 43 11-20 2-5 6 9 15 6 4 1 8 24 HARDAWAY G 41 8-15 4-5 0 2 2 5 4 0 8 21 MAJERLE G 44 2-7 0-0 3 3 6 4 1 0 1 4 EDWARDS 28 3-7 1-2 1 2 3 3 5 4 1 7 PORTER 28 1-6 4-6 0 3 3 2 3 0 2 6 WEATHERSPOON 14 1-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 0 2 2 CAUSWELL DNP - COACH'S DECISION MILLS DNP - COACH'S DECISION STRICKLAND DNP - COACH'S DECISION WALTERS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 35-70 16-24 13 27 40 22 24 7 22 87 (.500) (.667) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 22(31 PTS)

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

GRANT F 33 2-5 0-0 2 5 7 1 3 1 1 4 M HARPRING F 37 4-9 6-11 0 3 3 0 3 1 2 15 AUSTIN C 31 5-12 2-4 1 3 4 3 2 2 3 12 ANDERSON G 31 1-3 3-6 1 5 6 3 3 3 1 6 A HARDAWAY G 39 6-13 3-4 3 1 4 5 1 4 6 17 B ARMSTRONG 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 D ARMSTRONG 30 6-10 9-9 0 3 3 6 4 4 2 25 DOLEAC 17 5-8 0-2 1 3 4 0 4 0 0 10 STRONG 14 0-1 0-0 1 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 D WILKINS 7 2-5 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 5 SCHAYES DNP - COACH'S DECISION SIMON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 31-66 23-36 9 24 33 20 21 16 15 94 (.470) (.639) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 16(16 PTS)

MIAMI 31 16 20 20 - 87 ORLANDO 20 23 22 29 - 94

BLOCKED SHOTS: MIAMI - MOURNING 2, BROWN 2, WEATHERSPOON, ASKINS. ORLANDO - AUSTIN. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MIAMI 1-13 (.077), HARDAWAY 1-6, MAJERLE 0-4, EDWARDS 0-2, PORTER 0-1. ORLANDO 9-14 (.643), M HARPRING 1-1, ANDERSON 1-2, A HARDAWAY 2-4, D ARMSTRONG 4-5, D WILKINS 1-2. TECHNICALS: ORLANDO - M HARPRING. OFFICIALS: DICK BAVETTA, DEREK RICHARDSON, MARK WUNDERLICH. A - 17,248. T - 2:29.


Box Score

MIAMI (87) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Askins 4 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 3 0 Brown 38 9-13 5-6 3-10 2 2 23 Mourning 43 11-20 2-5 6-15 6 4 24 Hardaway 41 8-15 4-5 0-2 5 4 21 Majerle 44 2-7 0-0 3-6 4 1 4 Edwards 28 3-7 1-2 1-3 3 5 7 Porter 28 1-6 4-6 0-3 2 3 6 Weatherspoon 14 1-2 0-0 0-1 0 2 2 Causwell DNP - coach's decision Mills DNP - coach's decision Strickland DNP - coach's decision Walters DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-70 16-24 13-40 22 24 87 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.500, FT-.667. 3-Point Goals: 1-13, .077 (Hardaway 1-6, Majerle 0-4, Edwards 0-2, Porter 0-1). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 6 (Mourning 2, Brown 2, Weatherspoon, Askins). Turnovers: 22 (Hardaway 8, Mourning 8, Porter 2, Weatherspoon 2, Edwards, Majerle). Steals: 7 (Edwards 4, Brown 2, Mourning).

ORLANDO (94) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Grant 33 2-5 0-0 2-7 1 3 4 M Harpring 37 4-9 6-11 0-3 0 3 15 Austin 31 5-12 2-4 1-4 3 2 12 Anderson 31 1-3 3-6 1-6 3 3 6 A Hardaway 39 6-13 3-4 3-4 5 1 17 B Armstrong 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 D Armstrong 30 6-10 9-9 0-3 6 4 25 Doleac 17 5-8 0-2 1-4 0 4 10 Strong 14 0-1 0-0 1-1 1 1 0 D Wilkins 7 2-5 0-0 0-1 1 0 5 Schayes DNP - coach's decision Simon DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-66 23-36 9-33 20 21 94 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.470, FT-.639. 3-Point Goals: 9-14, .643 (M Harpring 1-1, Anderson 1-2, A Hardaway 2-4, D Armstrong 4-5, D Wilkins 1-2). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 1 (Austin). Turnovers: 16 (A Hardaway 6, Austin 3, D Armstrong 2, M Harpring 2, Anderson, Grant). Steals: 16 (A Hardaway 4, D Armstrong 4, Anderson 3, Austin 2, Grant, M Harpring, Strong). ____________________________________________ Miami 31 16 20 20 - 87 Orlando 20 23 22 29 - 94 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Orlando 1 (M Harpring, 2:47 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,248. T: 2:29. Officials: Dick Bavetta, Derek Richardson, Mark Wunderlich.


Game Story

ORLANDO, Florida (Ticker) -- The Orlando Magic gave away a game to the Miami Heat last month. With the outstanding clutch play of Darrell Armstrong, they took one back today.

Armstrong scored 19 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter as the Magic rallied for a 94-87 victory and moved past the Heat into first place in the Atlantic Division.

The 6-1 reserve guard had a rare four-point play that gave the Magic the lead for good midway through the final period. He had a driving layup that preserved the lead with four minutes to go and added four clutch free throws in the final 18 seconds.

"Something clicked on our team," Armstrong said. "Penny (Hardaway) got a little upset and he got on a couple of people, basically the whole team, and then all of a sudden it started clicking from there."

"Darrell did his best imitation of a l;ightning rod," Magic coach Chuck Daly said.

Armstrong was 4-of-4 from the field and 9-of-9 from the line in the final period, scoring one less point than the entire Miami team. A solid contributor all season long, he has played like an All-Star of late, averaging 22.3 points in his last four games.

"We don't care who scores and who does what," Armstrong said. "We try to play together well as a team. I hit some shots in the fourth period and gave us energy, but we had guys that stepped up on the defensive end."

"He played 94 feet of basketball on defense," Magic guard Nick Anderson said. "He picks you up and rides you down. Guys don't like that. It makes you tired. For those who said he couldn't play in this league, look who's laughing at who. One word to describe Darrell Armstrong is guts, pure guts. He goes among the trees, beats the point guards. Darrell Armstrong, baby, what more do you want?"

On February 28, the Magic blew a 20-point lead and lost, 84-78, in Miami. Today's win completed a sweep of Eastern Conference foes for Orlando.

Isaac Austin had a huge block of Alonzo Mourning with 44 seconds left to help the Magic (21-9) improve to 15-2 at home and move one game ahead of the Heat (19-9) atop the Atlantic. Orlando is percentage points behind Indiana (20-8) for the top spot in the East.

Alonzo Mourning had 24 points, 15 rebounds and a season-high six assists and Tim Hardaway scored 21 points for the Heat, who have lost four of their last five games. Mourning and Hardaway each had eight of Miami's 22 turnovers.

"Being good enough isn't good enough," Heat coach Pat Riley said. "It's where we are because we're a good team that simply has a propensity to make critical mistakes. At least it's been that way in the last week -- turn the ball over and not get critical possessions at key, key times."

The Heat led by 13 points late in the first quarter and still held a 57-46 advantage after Mourning made a short bank shot with 8:05 left in the third period. But Penny Hardaway, rookie Matt Harpring and Arnstrong made 3-pointers in a 16-5 burst that pulled the Magic into a 62-62 tie with just under two minutes left.

Armstrong's four-point play erased a 75-74 deficit with 6:05 to play. His drive widened an 80-78 edge and Austin followed with a nifty hook over P.J. Brown for a six-point lead with 3:33 to go.

"That four-point play was big," Armstrong said. "When I fell down, I just looked up and I saw the ball go in, I was just like, `Oh, man!' That's my second one of my career."

Brown, who scored 23 points, made two free throws with 2:07 left to cut the deficit to four points but Harpring sank a jumper with 1:44 remaining. Tim Hardaway had a three-point play and Miami had a chance to get closer. But Austin, who used to guard Mourning in practice when he was with the Heat, swatted away a forceful shot with 44 seconds left.

"He went for the dunk, I went for the block," Austin said. It was that I just had great timing on his shot and got the block."

"That was a good block. I have to give it to him," Mourning admitted. "There is not too many times that has happened. I just laid it up and I should have just dunked it."

Armstrong sank four foul shots to seal it. Orlando was 11-of-11 in the final period after going 10-of-23 over the first three quarters.

"You can't tell me they don't know that he can play," Penny Hardaway said. "But they keep thinking we can live with Penny Hardaway or Nick Anderson (having a good game) and he keeps hurting them."

"He's great," Heat guard Dan Majerle said. "He's absolutely great. He's beyond being great."

Penny Hardaway scored 17 points, Harpring added 15 and Austin 12 for the Magic, who shot 47 percent (31-of-65) from the field and made 9-of-14 3-pointers. Armstrong was 4-of-5 from beyond the arc and added six assists and four steals.

Brown grabbed 10 rebounds for the Heat, who shot 50 percent (35-of-70) but made just 1-of-13 3-pointers. Hardaway, who did not play in the first matchup, was 1-of-6 and Dan Majerle was 0-of-4 from long range.

Mourning scored 11 points in the first quarter, including a three-point play that gave Miami a 31-18 lead late in the period. Orlando cut the deficit to 47-43 at halftime.

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