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NBA ORLANDO AT INDIANA NOTE: RE-SENDING BOXSCORE TO CORRECT POINTS TO TURNOVERS FOR INDIANA.


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ORLANDO (88) AT INDIANA (87)

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

ANDERSON F 40 11-18 0-0 1 9 10 1 2 1 0 23 GRANT F 45 6-11 2-2 1 10 11 1 0 1 1 14 AUSTIN C 17 2-2 0-0 1 2 3 2 5 0 1 5 D ARMSTRONG G 37 7-11 0-0 2 1 3 9 1 1 5 15 A HARDAWAY G 38 7-17 2-2 0 1 1 1 3 2 2 17 B ARMSTRONG 11 2-4 0-0 0 1 1 2 1 0 0 4 DOLEAC 6 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 2 M HARPRING 9 1-3 0-0 1 2 3 0 4 0 1 2 OUTLAW 14 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 1 2 0 1 0 SCHAYES 23 2-3 2-2 1 1 2 1 3 0 2 6 STRONG DNP - COACH'S DECISION D WILKINS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 39-72 6-6 7 28 35 18 23 5 14 88 (.542) (1.000) TEAM REBS: 4 TOTAL TO: 14(17 PTS)

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

D DAVIS F 23 2-5 2-2 5 4 9 0 1 1 0 6 MULLIN F 16 4-9 0-0 2 0 2 0 0 1 1 9 SMITS C 20 4-11 4-4 1 4 5 1 3 0 2 12 JACKSON G 24 4-6 1-2 2 0 2 8 1 0 0 10 MILLER G 35 6-16 4-5 3 2 5 1 1 2 0 19 BEST 24 0-5 1-2 0 0 0 2 3 0 1 1 A DAVIS 28 2-8 5-5 5 8 13 1 0 0 0 9 MCKEY 32 4-7 0-0 1 2 3 2 0 1 1 8 PERKINS 15 1-4 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 3 ROSE 23 5-10 0-0 0 0 0 2 3 1 2 10 CROSHERE DNP - COACH'S DECISION HARRINGTON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 32-81 17-20 19 20 39 17 13 6 8 87 (.395) (.850) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 9(8 PTS)

ORLANDO 26 18 25 19 - 88 INDIANA 22 25 22 18 - 87

BLOCKED SHOTS: ORLANDO - AUSTIN 2, A HARDAWAY. INDIANA - D DAVIS 2, A DAVIS, SMITS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: ORLANDO 4-7 (.571), ANDERSON 1-3, AUSTIN 1-1, D ARMSTRONG 1-1, A HARDAWAY 1-2. INDIANA 6-19 (.316), MULLIN 1-4, JACKSON 1-2, MILLER 3-9, PERKINS 1-3, ROSE 0-1. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: MIKE MATHIS, MIKE CALLAHAN, ED F RUSH. A - 16,579. T - 2:15.


Box Score

ORLANDO (88) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Anderson 40 11-18 0-0 1-10 1 2 23 Grant 45 6-11 2-2 1-11 1 0 14 Austin 17 2-2 0-0 1-3 2 5 5 D Armstrong 37 7-11 0-0 2-3 9 1 15 A Hardaway 38 7-17 2-2 0-1 1 3 17 B Armstrong 11 2-4 0-0 0-1 2 1 4 Doleac 6 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 M Harpring 9 1-3 0-0 1-3 0 4 2 Outlaw 14 0-1 0-0 0-1 1 2 0 Schayes 23 2-3 2-2 1-2 1 3 6 Strong DNP - coach's decision D Wilkins DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-72 6-6 7-35 18 23 88 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.542, FT-1.000. 3-Point Goals: 4-7, .571 (Anderson 1-3, Austin 1-1, D Armstrong 1-1, A Hardaway 1-2). Team rebounds: 4. Blocked shots: 3 (Austin 2, A Hardaway). Turnovers: 14 (D Armstrong 5, A Hardaway 2, Schayes 2, Austin, Doleac, Grant, M Harpring, Outlaw). Steals: 5 (A Hardaway 2, Anderson, D Armstrong, Grant).

INDIANA (87) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp D Davis 23 2-5 2-2 5-9 0 1 6 Mullin 16 4-9 0-0 2-2 0 0 9 Smits 20 4-11 4-4 1-5 1 3 12 Jackson 24 4-6 1-2 2-2 8 1 10 Miller 35 6-16 4-5 3-5 1 1 19 Best 24 0-5 1-2 0-0 2 3 1 A Davis 28 2-8 5-5 5-13 1 0 9 Mckey 32 4-7 0-0 1-3 2 0 8 Perkins 15 1-4 0-0 0-0 0 1 3 Rose 23 5-10 0-0 0-0 2 3 10 Croshere DNP - coach's decision Harrington DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-81 17-20 19-39 17 13 87 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.395, FT-.850. 3-Point Goals: 6-19, .316 (Mullin 1-4, Jackson 1-2, Miller 3-9, Perkins 1-3, Rose 0-1). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 4 (D Davis 2, A Davis, Smits). Turnovers: 9 (Rose 2, Smits 2, Best, Mckey, Mullin, Perkins). Steals: 6 (Miller 2, D Davis, Mckey, Mullin, Rose). ____________________________________________ Orlando 26 18 25 19 - 88 Indiana 22 25 22 18 - 87 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: Indiana 1 (Perkins, 3:02 2nd). A: 16,579. T: 2:15. Officials: Mike Mathis, Mike Callahan, Ed F Rush.


Game Story

INDIANAPOLIS (Ticker) -- With the Orlando Magic desperately needing a new winning combination, coach Chuck Daly went to a three-guard offense. Darrell Armstrong, the newest starter thanks to the change, helped make Daly look like a genius.

Armstrong buried an 18-footer with 1.6 seconds to play as the Magic halted a five-game losing streak and defeated one of their rivals for the Eastern Conference title with an 88-87 triumph over the Indiana Pacers.

With the game on the line, Daly surprisingly opted to go to Armstrong, a nominee for Sixth Man of the Year who has keyed Orlando's run at a conference title. As Indiana seemingly waited for Armstrong to pass, the 6-1 guard faked a drive on Travis Best near the right side of the lane and pulled up for a jumper that gave Orlando its only lead in the final eight minutes.

"I can't remember hitting a bigger shot," Armstrong said. "It looked like Travis gambled and reached for the ball. I was just fortunate to get open. It felt good all the way."

Best's jumper from the right wing bounced off the back of the rim as time ran out, dropping the Pacers one-half game behind the Magic for the second-best record in the East.

Armstrong had 15 points and nine assists starting at the point as Penny Hardaway moved to shooting guard. Hardaway scored 17 points before struggling in the final minutes, when he missed a pair of drives. The three-guard look definitely benefited Nick Anderson, who collected 23 points and 10 rebounds.

"I liked it tonight," Daly said of his new lineup. "A lot of people had significant games, particularly people off the bench."

"Coach told us before the game (Indiana coach) Larry Bird would probably be telling his team to treat this like Game Seven of the NBA Finals," Anderson said. "We took that same attitude tonight."

Two weeks ago, Orlando was riding a six-game winning streak and owned the best record in the conference. But the Magic had dropped seven of eight before this win, falling two games behind first-place Miami, which defeated New Jersey tonight.

"Without a doubt, this game was huge for us," Hardaway said. "It puts us back where we want to be with a chance for the top seed."

Reggie Miller almost singlehandedly kept the Pacers in front for much of the fourth, scoring 11 of his 19 points in a five-minute span late in the quarter. But Anderson's defense helped keep the ball out of Miller's hands down the stretch, and Jalen Rose missed the rim on his 3-point try as the shot clock expired with 7.2 seconds left.

Miller was unable to get open on the final play when Best misfired as Indiana fell to 1-6 this season in one-point games.

"Reggie's always our first option," Bird said. "Travis got a good look. It's hard to get Reggie open because everyone is holding him."

A basket by Rose gave the Pacers their first lead of the fourth, 74-73, with eight minutes remaining. Shortly after missing a layup and the follow attempt, Miller drained a 3-pointer and was fouled. He sank the foul shot to push the advantage to 78-73.

Hardaway answered with a short jumper and Armstrong fed Anderson for a fast-break layup that cut the deficit to one. After two free throws by Antonio Davis, Miller made it 82-77 as he followed a miss by Rose.

Anderson and Danny Schayes came back with jumpers but there was Miller again, hitting a 22-footer with 3:05 left for an 84-81 lead. Anderson tied the game with his only 3-pointer, but Miller drained one of his own as he fell out of bounds at the right corner. Armstrong then found Horace Grant for a layup that pulled Orlando within 87-86 with 1:44 to play.

"This shows we can't win the big one, here at home," Davis said. "We've got to right this if we intend to do well in the playoffs."

Davis tied a season high with 13 rebounds to go with his nine points, but he and Best combined to shoot a dismal 2-of-13 off the bench. Rik Smits had 12 points and Rose and Mark Jackson added 10 apiece for Indiana, which shot 39.5 percent (32-of-81).

The Pacers held a 39-35 rebounding edge and a 21-11 advantage in second-chance points. But Armstrong helped the Magic to a key 16-3 edge in fast-break points and hit 7-of-11 from the field as Orlando connected on 54 percent (39-of-72).

"This was the most important win of the season for us," Armstrong added. "We've been losing at home, on the road, everywhere. This keeps us in the thick of it."

Orlando had control early, building its largest lead of the game at 24-14 late in the opening quarter. But Miller scored six points in the final 2:14 of the period, including one of his three 3-pointers, as Indiana pulled within 26-22.

The momentum stayed with the Pacers in the second quarter as they grabbed a 47-44 advantage at intermission. The game remained tight the rest of the way, with neither team taking a lead of more than five points in the second half.

Grant chipped in 14 points and 11 boards, helping the Magic win the season series with the Pacers, 2-1.

"This was a very tough loss with the same story on a different day," Rose said. "We must stop this. I think we're thinking about it too much and just haven't gotten into the rhythm to pull out these games when need be."

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