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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- ORLANDO 22 32 30 28 112 DENVER 29 24 25 22 100 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: ORL - DARRELL ARMSTRONG 20, JOHN AMAECHI 16, CHUCKY ATKINS 14 DEN - ANTONIO MCDYESS 25, CHAUNCEY BILLUPS 20, RAEF LAFRENTZ 19

HIGH REBOUND: ORL - MICHAEL DOLEAC 8, BO OUTLAW 8 DEN - ANTONIO MCDYESS 12, RAEF LAFRENTZ 12

HIGH ASSISTS: ORL - CHUCKY ATKINS 8, DARRELL ARMSTRONG 7 DEN - NICK VAN EXEL 11, CHAUNCEY BILLUPS 7

ATT: 14,383


Extended Box

ORLANDO (112) AT DENVER (100)

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

WALLACE F 18 0-2 1-2 0 6 6 0 4 1 0 1 WILLIAMS F 22 4-9 1-2 1 4 5 2 1 0 5 9 DOLEAC C 19 4-12 2-2 2 6 8 2 1 1 0 10 ABDUL-WAHAD G 17 5-6 1-2 1 2 3 0 3 0 3 11 D ARMSTRONG G 28 7-11 4-4 0 3 3 7 1 1 1 20 AMAECHI 27 5-6 6-8 1 3 4 2 4 1 2 16 PARKER 24 4-6 0-0 0 3 3 0 1 1 1 8 GATLING 20 3-12 4-4 3 3 6 1 3 1 1 10 OUTLAW 31 3-6 1-2 3 5 8 1 2 2 0 7 ATKINS 24 4-8 6-7 1 0 1 8 1 2 2 14 GARRITY 10 3-4 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 6 MAGGETTE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 42-82 26-33 12 35 47 23 21 11 16 112 (.512) (.788) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 16(16 PTS)

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

MCDYESS F 43 11-21 3-6 4 8 12 4 4 1 6 25 POSEY F 23 2-7 1-2 0 1 1 0 2 2 0 5 LAFRENTZ C 38 9-17 0-0 4 8 12 1 5 0 1 19 BILLUPS G 40 5-12 8-9 4 2 6 7 5 3 3 20 VAN EXEL G 41 3-17 0-0 1 0 1 11 3 1 4 7 MCCLOUD 21 3-9 0-0 2 5 7 3 1 0 2 8 STITH 15 0-3 2-2 1 0 1 1 1 0 2 2 CLARK 11 3-9 4-5 8 1 9 0 3 0 2 10 BOWEN 4 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ROGERS 4 2-3 0-0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 4 ALEXANDER DNP - COACH'S DECISION MERCER DNP - SINUS INFECTION

TOTALS 240 38-99 18-24 25 26 51 27 24 7 20 100 (.384) (.750) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 20(29 PTS)

ORLANDO 22 32 30 28 - 112 DENVER 29 24 25 22 - 100

BLOCKED SHOTS: ORLANDO - WALLACE 4, OUTLAW 2, GATLING 2, AMAECHI 2. DENVER - LAFRENTZ 6, POSEY 2, STITH, ROGERS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: ORLANDO 2-7 (.286), D ARMSTRONG 2-4, PARKER 0-1, GATLING 0-2. DENVER 6-29 (.207), POSEY 0-2, LAFRENTZ 1-3, BILLUPS 2-7, VAN EXEL 1-8, MCCLOUD 2-6, STITH 0-2, CLARK 0-1. TECHNICALS: ORLANDO - ILLEGAL DEFENSE 2, DENVER - ILLEGAL DEFENSE 2, MCDYESS. OFFICIALS: MIKE CALLAHAN, RASHAN MICHEL, LUIS GRILLO. A - 14,383. T - 2:07.


Box Score

ORLANDO (112) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Wallace 18 0-2 1-2 0-6 0 4 1 Williams 22 4-9 1-2 1-5 2 1 9 Doleac 19 4-12 2-2 2-8 2 1 10 Abdul-wahad 17 5-6 1-2 1-3 0 3 11 D Armstrong 28 7-11 4-4 0-3 7 1 20 Amaechi 27 5-6 6-8 1-4 2 4 16 Parker 24 4-6 0-0 0-3 0 1 8 Gatling 20 3-12 4-4 3-6 1 3 10 Outlaw 31 3-6 1-2 3-8 1 2 7 Atkins 24 4-8 6-7 1-1 8 1 14 Garrity 10 3-4 0-0 0-0 0 0 6 Maggette DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 42-82 26-33 12-47 23 21 112 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.512, FT-.788. 3-Point Goals: 2-7, .286 (D Armstrong 2-4, Parker 0-1, Gatling 0-2). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 10 (Wallace 4, Outlaw 2, Gatling 2, Amaechi 2). Turnovers: 16 (Williams 5, Abdul-wahad 3, Amaechi 2, Atkins 2, D Armstrong, Garrity, Gatling, Parker). Steals: 11 (Atkins 2, Outlaw 2, Amaechi, D Armstrong, Doleac, Garrity, Gatling, Parker, Wallace).

DENVER (100) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mcdyess 43 11-21 3-6 4-12 4 4 25 Posey 23 2-7 1-2 0-1 0 2 5 Lafrentz 38 9-17 0-0 4-12 1 5 19 Billups 40 5-12 8-9 4-6 7 5 20 Van Exel 41 3-17 0-0 1-1 11 3 7 Mccloud 21 3-9 0-0 2-7 3 1 8 Stith 15 0-3 2-2 1-1 1 1 2 Clark 11 3-9 4-5 8-9 0 3 10 Bowen 4 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Rogers 4 2-3 0-0 1-2 0 0 4 Alexander DNP - coach's decision Mercer DNP - sinus infection _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-99 18-24 25-51 27 24 100 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.384, FT-.750. 3-Point Goals: 6-29, .207 (Posey 0-2, Lafrentz 1-3, Billups 2-7, Van Exel 1-8, Mccloud 2-6, Stith 0-2, Clark 0-1). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 10 (Lafrentz 6, Posey 2, Stith, Rogers). Turnovers: 20 (Mcdyess 6, Van Exel 4, Billups 3, Clark 2, Mccloud 2, Stith 2, Lafrentz). Steals: 7 (Billups 3, Posey 2, Mcdyess, Van Exel). ____________________________________________ Orlando 22 32 30 28 - 112 Denver 29 24 25 22 - 100 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Orlando 2 (Illegal Defense 2, 7:45 2nd, 3:36 2nd). Denver 3 (Illegal Defense 2, 10:28 2nd, 0:24 2nd; Mcdyess, 2:19 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 14,383. T: 2:07. Officials: Mike Callahan, Rashan Michel, Luis Grillo.


Game Story

DENVER (Ticker) -- Orlando Magic leading scorer Darrell Armstrong may have had something to prove after being held without a basket in Minnesota on Thursday.

Armstrong rebounded from his worst performance of the season to score 20 points as the Orlando Magic climbed over .500 with a 112-100 victory over the Denver Nuggets, who had a five-game home winning streak snapped.

Armstrong was held scoreless in the Magic's 103-93 win over the Timberwolves until hitting two foul shots with 53 seconds remaining for his only points. Tonight, he made 7-of-11 shots, including two 3-pointers, and handed out seven assists.

"We're not getting the respect we deserve," he said. "Teams aren't getting up for us. This team plays hard and we're here to prove everybody wrong."

Denver opened a 27-16 lead on Keon Clark's two foul shots with 2:22 remaining in the first quarter. But Orlando built a 54-53 lead at halftime and Armstrong scored 13 points in the second half when the Magic pulled away.

"The last two games we've played well defensively," Armstrong said. "We were sluggish on offense in the first half. Our second unit in the fourth period was awesome."

John Amaechi scored 16 points and rookie Chucky Atkins added 14 off the bench for Orlando, which opened its biggest lead at 101-82 on Chris Gatling's basket with 5:28 remaining. Armstrong, who was 7-of-11 from the field, capped Orlando's scoring with a breakaway dunk with 12 seconds to play.

Antonio McDyess had 25 points and 12 rebounds and Chauncey Billups added 20 points the Nuggets, who begin a six-game road trip. Denver is 0-5 on the road this season and has dropped 82 of its last 87 contests away from home.

Raef LaFrentz contributed 19 and 12 for the Nuggets but scored only two points in the final period. Nick Van Exel was held to just seven points on 3-of-17 shooting.

Swingman Ron Mercer, who leads the team with 20.1 points per game, sat out with a sinus infection but Nuggets coach Dan Issel refused to use that as an excuse.

"Not having Mercer didn't have anything to do with it," he said. "We weren't ready to play. There is not one player on that (Orlando) team that could make our starting squad and they made a laughingstock out of us. We were not ready to play and that was my fault."

LaFrentz, however, was not quiet as harsh in his assessment of the Nuggets' performance.

"We weren't taking the night off," he said. "Things just didn't go our way. We wanted to get this one before we go on the road trip and we didn't get it done."

For the second time in as many nights, 11 Orlando players saw at least 10 minutes of action as rookie coach Doc Rivers continues to do an excellent job of juggling his limited roster. Orlando maintained a 61-24 edge in bench points.

"Winning back-to-back games is huge," Rivers said. "We played with a ton of energy. Our second unit at times is as good as our first."

In a virtual replay of Thursday's game, Orlando wore down Denver in the second half with its superior depth. The Magic shot 51 percent (42-of-82) from the field while holding the Nuggets to only 38 percent (38-of-95). Orlando also converted 20 Denver turnovers into 29 points.

"Our style of play is running," Atkins said. "We're in too great of shape to let the (high) altitude affect us. Nick Van Exel's shooting hurt them. We played good defense on McDyess."

With Denver holding a 32-22 lead early in the second quarter, Orlando ripped off eight straight points to pull within 32-30 on Amaechi's 3-point play with 9:40 left in the first half.

Billups' 3-pointer gave Denver a 50-43 lead with 3:27 to go in the second quarter but Tariq Abdul-Wahad's tip-in gave Orlando a 54-53 lead 10 seconds before the intermission and the Magic never trailed in the second half.

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