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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- ORLANDO 31 26 36 15 108 DETROIT 24 26 21 28 99 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: ORL - MICHAEL DOLEAC 20, MONTY WILLIAMS 18, DARRELL ARMSTRONG 17 DET - GRANT HILL 24, JERRY STACKHOUSE 21, CHRISTIAN LAETTNER 17

HIGH REBOUND: ORL - BEN WALLACE 12, CHRIS GATLING 7 DET - JEROME WILLIAMS 13, GRANT HILL 11

HIGH ASSISTS: ORL - DARRELL ARMSTRONG 8, TWO PLAYERS WITH 3 DET - JERRY STACKHOUSE 10, GRANT HILL 6

ATT: 13,212


Extended Box

ORLANDO (108) AT DETROIT (99)

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

WALLACE F 29 3-5 2-3 4 8 12 3 3 0 0 8 WILLIAMS F 34 7-12 4-6 1 3 4 2 5 1 3 18 DOLEAC C 24 8-13 4-4 3 3 6 0 3 0 1 20 ABDUL-WAHAD G 36 7-17 2-2 2 3 5 3 4 3 1 16 D ARMSTRONG G 34 6-13 5-5 0 5 5 8 3 4 3 17 GATLING 21 6-11 4-8 2 5 7 2 3 2 3 16 GARRITY 20 0-4 0-1 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 OUTLAW 15 0-2 0-0 1 2 3 2 3 0 1 0 ATKINS 15 1-4 3-4 0 2 2 2 2 0 1 5 MAGGETTE 12 3-4 2-2 1 0 1 0 1 0 2 8 AMAECHI DNP - COACH'S DECISION PARKER DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 41-85 26-35 14 31 45 23 28 10 16 108 (.482) (.743) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 16(16 PTS)

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

HILL F 40 9-19 6-9 3 8 11 6 1 2 4 24 LAETTNER F 26 7-12 2-2 2 5 7 1 4 1 4 17 MILLS C 8 1-3 0-0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 3 HUNTER G 35 3-10 3-4 0 2 2 4 4 0 0 9 STACKHOUSE G 39 7-18 5-6 2 2 4 10 3 3 7 21 MONTROSS 4 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 WILLIAMS 31 3-6 3-4 1 12 13 1 3 1 0 9 CROTTY 15 2-5 2-2 0 2 2 4 3 1 1 6 CURRY 18 1-4 2-2 3 3 6 0 2 0 0 4 VAUGHT 11 2-4 0-0 1 1 2 0 1 0 0 4 BUECHLER 9 1-5 0-0 0 1 1 0 3 1 1 2 REID 4 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 0

TOTALS 240 36-87 23-29 12 37 49 26 29 9 18 99 (.414) (.793) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 18(25 PTS)

ORLANDO 31 26 36 15 - 108 DETROIT 24 26 21 28 - 99

BLOCKED SHOTS: ORLANDO - OUTLAW 4, WALLACE 2, WILLIAMS, MAGGETTE. DETROIT - WILLIAMS, REID. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: ORLANDO 0-7 (.000), ABDUL-WAHAD 0-2, D ARMSTRONG 0-5. DETROIT 4-19 (.211), HILL 0-1, LAETTNER 1-2, MILLS 1-2, HUNTER 0-6, STACKHOUSE 2-4, CROTTY 0-1, BUECHLER 0-3. TECHNICALS: ORLANDO - HEAD COACH RIVERS, D ARMSTRONG, DETROIT - HEAD COACH GENTRY. OFFICIALS: JOE CRAWFORD, TED BERNHARDT, DEREK COLLINS. A - 13,212. T - 2:19.


Box Score

ORLANDO (108) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Wallace 29 3-5 2-3 4-12 3 3 8 Williams 34 7-12 4-6 1-4 2 5 18 Doleac 24 8-13 4-4 3-6 0 3 20 Abdul-wahad 36 7-17 2-2 2-5 3 4 16 D Armstrong 34 6-13 5-5 0-5 8 3 17 Gatling 21 6-11 4-8 2-7 2 3 16 Garrity 20 0-4 0-1 0-0 1 1 0 Outlaw 15 0-2 0-0 1-3 2 3 0 Atkins 15 1-4 3-4 0-2 2 2 5 Maggette 12 3-4 2-2 1-1 0 1 8 Amaechi DNP - coach's decision Parker DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 41-85 26-35 14-45 23 28 108 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.482, FT-.743. 3-Point Goals: 0-7, .000 (Abdul-wahad 0-2, D Armstrong 0-5). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 8 (Outlaw 4, Wallace 2, Williams, Maggette). Turnovers: 16 (D Armstrong 3, Gatling 3, Williams 3, Maggette 2, Abdul-wahad, Atkins, Doleac, Garrity, Outlaw). Steals: 10 (D Armstrong 4, Abdul-wahad 3, Gatling 2, Williams).

DETROIT (99) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Hill 40 9-19 6-9 3-11 6 1 24 Laettner 26 7-12 2-2 2-7 1 4 17 Mills 8 1-3 0-0 0-0 0 3 3 Hunter 35 3-10 3-4 0-2 4 4 9 Stackhouse 39 7-18 5-6 2-4 10 3 21 Montross 4 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Williams 31 3-6 3-4 1-13 1 3 9 Crotty 15 2-5 2-2 0-2 4 3 6 Curry 18 1-4 2-2 3-6 0 2 4 Vaught 11 2-4 0-0 1-2 0 1 4 Buechler 9 1-5 0-0 0-1 0 3 2 Reid 4 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-87 23-29 12-49 26 29 99 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.414, FT-.793. 3-Point Goals: 4-19, .211 (Hill 0-1, Laettner 1-2, Mills 1-2, Hunter 0-6, Stackhouse 2-4, Crotty 0-1, Buechler 0-3). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 2 (Williams, Reid). Turnovers: 18 (Stackhouse 7, Hill 4, Laettner 4, Buechler, Crotty, Reid). Steals: 9 (Stackhouse 3, Hill 2, Buechler, Crotty, Laettner, Williams). ____________________________________________ Orlando 31 26 36 15 - 108 Detroit 24 26 21 28 - 99 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Orlando 2 (Head Coach Rivers, 1:05 1st; D Armstrong, 3:02 2nd). Detroit 1 (Head Coach Gentry, 0:24 1st). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 13,212. T: 2:19. Officials: Joe Crawford, Ted Bernhardt, Derek Collins.


Game Story

AUBURN HILLS, Michigan (Ticker) -- Alvin Gentry's Detroit Pistons took a step back while Doc Rivers' Orlando Magic keep finding ways to move forward.

Michael Doleac scored a season-best 20 points as the feisty Magic snapped Detroit's season-high five-game winning streak and climbed to .500 with a convincing 108-99 victory.

Detroit appeared to have recovered from a dreadful 0-4 start, winning seven of its last nine games. But tonight, the Pistons fell behind in the second quarter and never seriously challenged in their first loss since a 95-89 setback at Toronto on November 16.

"Really, there's not a whole lot to be said," Gentry said. "They physically kicked our butts. The one thing I will say is that we didn't quit. They got 26 second shots, you just can't do that. We tried to hustle and get to the ball, but they just beat us to it. They had control of the game most of the way."

Detroit also had a five-game home win streak halted.

Rivers has kept the Magic competitive despite a roster laden with role players that was formed during an offseason in which four of five starters were unloaded from last season's 31-19 squad.

"That was a good win for us because of the emotional game from last night's (loss in New York)," Rivers said. "Tonight the effort was unbelievable."

Monty Williams scored 18 points and Tariq Abdul-Wahad and Chris Gatling added 16 apiece for Orlando, which outscored Detroit 36-21 in the third quarter to build a commanding 93-71 lead.

"The third quarter, it was nothing they were doing wrong," Rivers added. "It was just our effort. We got every loose ball, we caused every steal. We took charge and when you play like that, good things happen."

Gatling had five points during a 7-0 second-quarter spurt that put Orlando ahead for good, 43-36, with 5:25 left.

"I think the guys were really ready to play," Gatling said. "There were comments in the paper about us and I think we wanted to go out with a sense of urgency. You hear comments like that in the paper and it lights a fire under you."

Grant Hill had 24 points and 11 rebounds and Jerry Stackhouse added 21 points and 10 assists for the Pistons, who slipped to 0-2 against Orlando this season.

"The third quarter was the difference and they played well," Hill said. "You've got to tip your hat to them."

Rivers earned his first NBA coaching win on November 3 with a 103-94 home victory over Detroit.

Darrell Armstrong scored 17 points and Ben Wallace had 12 rebounds for the Magic, who shot 48 percent (41-of-85) and scored 25 points off 18 turnovers.

"For some reason, I don't know why, we usually have big games against (Detroit)," Armstrong said. "We work hard and they work hard. It's just a matter of how the ball is rolling. Today we came out and worked even harder. That's what we've been doing all season."

Jerome Williams grabbed 13 rebounds for the Pistons and made a layup with 6:46 left in the first half to forge a 36-36 tie.

But Gatling and Armstrong made back-to-back jumpers befor Gatling hit a free throw and nine-foot hook shot in the lane to make it 43-36 with 5:25 remaining.

Doleac's jumper five minutes later gave Orlando a 55-50 lead and Chucky Atkins made a pair of free throws to give the Magic a seven-point cushion at intermission.

Things fell apart quickly for Detroit in the second half. The Pistons managed just seven field goals in the third quarter, while Orlando made 12-of-20 shots to take control.

"They outplayed us in every facet of the game and outhustled us all the way," Stackhouse said. "With a team like that, that's how they win, by playing scrappy. We just didn't match them tonight for whatever reason."

Doleac, who buried 8-of-13 shots, sank a five-foot hook shot to cap an 11-0 run, giving Orlando a 74-56 lead with 8:18 left in the third quarter.

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