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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- MIAMI 8 15 33 19 75 ORLANDO 16 20 13 21 70 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: MIA - ALONZO MOURNING 18, JAMAL MASHBURN 13, TIM HARDAWAY 13 ORL - NICK ANDERSON 14, ANFERNEE HARDAWAY 13, BO OUTLAW 10

HIGH REBOUND: MIA - ALONZO MOURNING 17, JAMAL MASHBURN 12 ORL - HORACE GRANT 11, NICK ANDERSON 9

HIGH ASSISTS: MIA - TIM HARDAWAY 6, DAN MAJERLE 5 ORL - DARRELL ARMSTRONG 6, BO OUTLAW 4

ATT: 17,248


Extended Box

MIAMI (75) AT ORLANDO (70)

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

BROWN F 36 5-9 2-2 3 2 5 3 2 1 2 12 MASHBURN F 41 5-12 2-2 1 11 12 1 4 2 3 13 MOURNING C 42 7-17 4-8 3 14 17 1 4 0 4 18 HARDAWAY G 41 5-11 1-1 0 5 5 6 2 1 2 13 MAJERLE G 40 2-7 0-0 0 2 2 5 2 1 1 5 LENARD 5 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 PORTER 23 3-6 4-4 0 1 1 0 1 0 3 12 WEATHERSPOON 12 0-4 2-2 0 1 1 0 1 1 0 2 ASKINS DNP - COACH'S DECISION CAUSWELL DNP - COACH'S DECISION CONLON DNP - COACH'S DECISION STRICKLAND DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 27-66 15-19 7 36 43 16 16 6 15 75 (.409) (.789) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 16(17 PTS)

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

GRANT F 33 4-9 1-4 3 8 11 2 3 0 0 9 OUTLAW F 26 5-7 0-0 1 3 4 4 2 0 0 10 AUSTIN C 32 3-10 1-4 1 3 4 3 2 1 1 7 ANDERSON G 34 5-20 0-0 4 5 9 2 2 1 2 14 A HARDAWAY G 41 6-15 0-0 1 2 3 2 0 2 1 13 D ARMSTRONG 26 3-10 0-0 2 2 4 6 0 2 3 8 DOLEAC 13 0-5 1-2 1 2 3 0 3 0 0 1 M HARPRING 21 1-6 2-2 1 1 2 0 0 0 1 4 STRONG 14 1-2 2-2 1 1 2 0 2 0 2 4 B ARMSTRONG DNP - COACH'S DECISION SCHAYES DNP - COACH'S DECISION D WILKINS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 28-84 7-14 15 27 42 19 14 6 10 70 (.333) (.500) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 10(9 PTS)

MIAMI 8 15 33 19 - 75 ORLANDO 16 20 13 21 - 70

BLOCKED SHOTS: MIAMI - MOURNING 5. ORLANDO - OUTLAW, ANDERSON, GRANT. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MIAMI 6-14 (.429), MASHBURN 1-2, HARDAWAY 2-4, MAJERLE 1-5, PORTER 2-3. ORLANDO 7-20 (.350), AUSTIN 0-1, ANDERSON 4-11, A HARDAWAY 1-3, D ARMSTRONG 2-5. TECHNICALS: ORLANDO - STRONG. OFFICIALS: HUGH EVANS, SCOTT FOSTER, GEORGE TOLIVER. A - 17,248. T - 2:17.


Box Score

MIAMI (75) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Brown 36 5-9 2-2 3-5 3 2 12 Mashburn 41 5-12 2-2 1-12 1 4 13 Mourning 42 7-17 4-8 3-17 1 4 18 Hardaway 41 5-11 1-1 0-5 6 2 13 Majerle 40 2-7 0-0 0-2 5 2 5 Lenard 5 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Porter 23 3-6 4-4 0-1 0 1 12 Weatherspoon 12 0-4 2-2 0-1 0 1 2 Askins DNP - coach's decision Causwell DNP - coach's decision Conlon DNP - coach's decision Strickland DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 27-66 15-19 7-43 16 16 75 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.409, FT-.789. 3-Point Goals: 6-14, .429 (Mashburn 1-2, Hardaway 2-4, Majerle 1-5, Porter 2-3). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 5 (Mourning 5). Turnovers: 16 (Mourning 4, Mashburn 3, Porter 3, Brown 2, Hardaway 2, Majerle). Steals: 6 (Mashburn 2, Brown, Hardaway, Majerle, Weatherspoon).

ORLANDO (70) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Grant 33 4-9 1-4 3-11 2 3 9 Outlaw 26 5-7 0-0 1-4 4 2 10 Austin 32 3-10 1-4 1-4 3 2 7 Anderson 34 5-20 0-0 4-9 2 2 14 A Hardaway 41 6-15 0-0 1-3 2 0 13 D Armstrong 26 3-10 0-0 2-4 6 0 8 Doleac 13 0-5 1-2 1-3 0 3 1 M Harpring 21 1-6 2-2 1-2 0 0 4 Strong 14 1-2 2-2 1-2 0 2 4 B Armstrong DNP - coach's decision Schayes DNP - coach's decision D Wilkins DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 28-84 7-14 15-42 19 14 70 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.333, FT-.500. 3-Point Goals: 7-20, .350 (Austin 0-1, Anderson 4-11, A Hardaway 1-3, D Armstrong 2-5). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 3 (Outlaw, Anderson, Grant). Turnovers: 10 (D Armstrong 3, Anderson 2, Strong 2, A Hardaway, Austin, M Harpring). Steals: 6 (A Hardaway 2, D Armstrong 2, Anderson, Austin). ____________________________________________ Miami 8 15 33 19 - 75 Orlando 16 20 13 21 - 70 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Orlando 1 (Strong, 5:56 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,248. T: 2:17. Officials: Hugh Evans, Scott Foster, George Toliver.


Game Story

ORLANDO, Florida (Ticker) -- Alonzo Mourning scored 18 points as the Miami Heat overcame the worst 24 minutes in franchise history and erased a 13-point halftime deficit en route to a crucial 75-70 victory over the Orlando Magic.

Jamal Mashburn added 13 points for the Heat, who were held to a franchise-low eight points in the first quarter and a team-worst 23 in the first half. After making only 8-of-35 shots in the first two quarters, the Heat sizzled in the third, making 14-of-18 shots to grab a 56-49 lead.

Miami extended the lead to 68-55 in the fourth quarter and withstood a rally by the Magic that reduced the margin to 73-70 with less than a minute to play. Orlando had a chance to tie, but Darrell Armstrong's 3-pointer from the right wing got lodged between the rim and the backboard.

The Heat, who have won four straight games and 10 of their last 12, took the season series, 2-1. More importantly, they have a one-game lead over second-place Orlando in the Atlantic Division and a 1 1/2-game edge over Indiana for the top seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs.

"I think it gives us an edge, that's all," said Heat coach Pat Riley. "We've got eight more games left. This does not mean anything based on performance. We've got too many games left to think we accomplished anything."

"This is a very significant win," added Mourning. "It breaks the tiebreaker and also we are now two games ahead of them in the Eastern Conference."

It also marked the second time Miami rallied from a sizeable deficit against Orlando. The Heat trailed by 20 points in the first half before defeating the Magic, 84-78, on February 28.

Nick Anderson scored 14 points and Penny Hardaway added 13 for Orlando, which has lost five of its last six and has dropped three games in the standings to Miami since April 9.

"This was one of those games we shouldn't have lost this year," said Magic coach Chuck Daly. "We missed so many shots in transition. We had the game in good control at halftime, but they had a 33-13 quarter."

The Magic scored the first nine points of the game and held the Heat scoreless for the first 3:34 as Miami missed its first six shots. Despite holding the Heat to 18 percent (4-of-22) shooting in the first quarter, the Magic were not much better and led only 16-8.

"We were looking like the Bad News Bears out there," said Heat forward P.J. Brown. "I never thought we were going to get to 10 points. That `4' was getting bigger and bigger on the scoreboard."

It did not get much better for Miami in the next 12 minutes as the Heat made only 4-of-13 shots. Orlando closed the first half on a 12-6 burst, opening a 36-23 halftime lead as Bo Outlaw hit an 18-footer right before time expired.

"You do not want to know what was said (by Riley) at halftime," said Mourning. "Believe me, what was said was very beneficial. There was a sense of urgency as far as this game was concerned."

"We were fortunate to be down only 13," Riley added. "I don't know who that team was in the first half. I asked my players after the game and they had no idea who that team was."

The Heat finally found their touch in the second half. They hit their first seven shots and pulled into their first tie of the game at 43-43 on a short jumper by Mashburn with 6:02 to play in the third quarter. Tim Hardaway hit a runner 66 seconds later to give Miami its first lead at 45-43.

Magic rookie Matt Harpring made two free throws with 45 seconds left to make it 52-49, but Brown and Mashburn had baskets to complete a 33-13 third quarter.

"They were absolutely embarrassed in the first half," said Riley. "Then the heart of the team came out in the third quarter. They were relentless."

"We needed for someone to make a bucket and we just didn't make it," said Penny Hardaway. "Even in the beginning of the season when we were winning, the third quarter has been a quarter where we let teams back in the game and we have to struggle in the fourth."

A driving layup by Penny Hardaway made it 58-55 with 8:19 left, but Terry Porter hit a pair of 3-pointers around a pair of free throws before Mourning threw down a dunk to make it 68-55 at the 5:03 mark. Orlando missed six shots in the stretch, with Mourning blocking two.

The Magic began their last charge and were within 69-64 on a 3-pointer by Penny Hardaway with 2:32 left. But Tim Hardaway worked off a screen and drained a 16-footer. Anderson answered with a 3-pointer, but Mourning rose to the occasion, sticking a 19-footer to make it 73-67.

After Armstrong's shot from beyond the arc cut the deficit to three, Porter lost the ball near half-court and Orlando had a chance to tie. But the Magic were indecisive as Penny Hardaway tried to set the offense for a quick two while his team was thinking 3-pointer. Finally, Armstrong forced a 3-pointer that got stuck, forcing a jump ball.

"It's a big loss, very big," said Armstrong. "It seems like we're going backwards instead of forward. I don't know, it's time to start stepping up, myself, all the guys. We can't keep continue to lose games."

Mourning won the tip and Mashburn hit two free throws with 5.9 seconds left to complete the scoring.

The Heat shot 61 percent (19-of-31) in the second half and 41 percent (27-of-66) for the game. Mashburn had a season-high 12 rebounds while Mourning pulled down 17 and blocked five shots.

Outlaw finished with 10 points as the Magic shot a miserable 33 percent (28-of-84), including 13-of-43 (30.2 percent) in the second half. Anderson and Penny Hardaway combined to make 11-of-35 shots, with Anderson going 4-of-11 from the 3-point arc.

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