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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- LA CLIPPERS 27 21 24 24 96 ORLANDO 34 31 34 30 129 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: LAC - MAURICE TAYLOR 19, ERIC PIATKOWSKI 13, TYRONE NESBY 13 ORL - DARRELL ARMSTRONG 26, JOHN AMAECHI 23, RON MERCER 17

HIGH REBOUND: LAC - MICHAEL OLOWOKANDI 15, TYRONE NESBY 7 ORL - COREY MAGGETTE 8, BO OUTLAW 7

HIGH ASSISTS: LAC - TROY HUDSON 4, TYRONE NESBY 3 ORL - DARRELL ARMSTRONG 9, BO OUTLAW 8

ATT: 13,332


Extended Box

LA CLIPPERS (96) AT ORLANDO (129)

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

SKINNER F 16 1-2 1-2 1 1 2 0 2 0 1 3 TAYLOR F 31 8-16 3-3 0 3 3 2 0 2 1 19 OLOWOKANDI C 34 5-13 0-0 6 9 15 0 1 2 0 10 ANDERSON G 9 1-3 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 3 MURDOCK G 25 1-5 2-4 1 2 3 1 2 3 1 4 PIATKOWSKI 28 5-12 3-3 1 2 3 2 2 0 0 13 CLOSS 11 3-5 0-0 2 2 4 0 0 0 0 6 HUDSON 22 4-8 0-0 1 1 2 4 3 0 5 10 JONES 8 1-5 0-0 0 1 1 2 2 0 0 3 AVENT 3 0-1 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 ODOM 22 5-12 2-4 2 4 6 2 6 1 2 12 NESBY 31 5-15 2-3 4 3 7 3 1 0 2 13

TOTALS 240 39-97 13-19 19 28 47 17 20 9 13 96 (.402) (.684) TEAM REBS: 4 TOTAL TO: 17(18 PTS)

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

OUTLAW F 28 3-5 2-3 2 5 7 8 3 1 2 8 WALLACE F 25 1-3 0-0 1 4 5 0 0 0 0 2 AMAECHI C 27 10-15 3-3 0 3 3 1 3 1 1 23 D ARMSTRONG G 31 10-12 0-0 0 3 3 9 0 4 3 26 MERCER G 27 6-17 5-5 1 3 4 4 1 0 2 17 MAGGETTE 22 4-7 6-6 3 5 8 2 2 0 3 14 DOLEAC 21 2-4 0-0 2 2 4 2 0 0 0 4 P GARRITY 18 6-11 0-2 0 4 4 0 1 0 1 15 ATKINS 17 4-11 0-0 2 1 3 2 2 1 0 8 WILLIAMS 17 4-5 2-2 0 6 6 2 2 0 1 10 TAYLOR 7 1-2 0-0 0 2 2 0 1 0 1 2 BILLUPS DNP - DISLOCATED LEFT SHOULDER

TOTALS 240 51-92 18-21 11 38 49 30 15 7 14 129 (.554) (.857) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 14(16 PTS)

LA CLIPPERS 27 21 24 24 - 96 ORLANDO 34 31 34 30 - 129

BLOCKED SHOTS: LA CLIPPERS - OLOWOKANDI 3, CLOSS 3, NESBY 2, ODOM, ANDERSON. ORLANDO - OUTLAW 2, MERCER 2, P GARRITY, WALLACE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: LA CLIPPERS 5-17 (.294), ANDERSON 1-1, PIATKOWSKI 0-3, HUDSON 2-4, JONES 1-4, NESBY 1-5. ORLANDO 9-18 (.500), D ARMSTRONG 6-8, MERCER 0-2, P GARRITY 3-5, ATKINS 0-3. TECHNICALS: LA CLIPPERS - HEAD COACH TODD. OFFICIALS: STEVE JAVIE, KEN MAUER, GARY BENSON. A - 13,332. T - 2:08.


Box Score

LA CLIPPERS (96) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Skinner 16 1-2 1-2 1-2 0 2 3 Taylor 31 8-16 3-3 0-3 2 0 19 Olowokandi 34 5-13 0-0 6-15 0 1 10 Anderson 9 1-3 0-0 0-0 1 1 3 Murdock 25 1-5 2-4 1-3 1 2 4 Piatkowski 28 5-12 3-3 1-3 2 2 13 Closs 11 3-5 0-0 2-4 0 0 6 Hudson 22 4-8 0-0 1-2 4 3 10 Jones 8 1-5 0-0 0-1 2 2 3 Avent 3 0-1 0-0 1-1 0 0 0 Odom 22 5-12 2-4 2-6 2 6 12 Nesby 31 5-15 2-3 4-7 3 1 13 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-97 13-19 19-47 17 20 96 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.402, FT-.684. 3-Point Goals: 5-17, .294 (Anderson 1-1, Piatkowski 0-3, Hudson 2-4, Jones 1-4, Nesby 1-5). Team rebounds: 4. Blocked shots: 10 (Olowokandi 3, Closs 3, Nesby 2, Odom, Anderson). Turnovers: 17 (Hudson 5, Nesby 2, Odom 2, Anderson, Murdock, Skinner, Taylor). Steals: 9 (Murdock 3, Olowokandi 2, Taylor 2, Anderson, Odom).

ORLANDO (129) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Outlaw 28 3-5 2-3 2-7 8 3 8 Wallace 25 1-3 0-0 1-5 0 0 2 Amaechi 27 10-15 3-3 0-3 1 3 23 D Armstrong 31 10-12 0-0 0-3 9 0 26 Mercer 27 6-17 5-5 1-4 4 1 17 Maggette 22 4-7 6-6 3-8 2 2 14 Doleac 21 2-4 0-0 2-4 2 0 4 P Garrity 18 6-11 0-2 0-4 0 1 15 Atkins 17 4-11 0-0 2-3 2 2 8 Williams 17 4-5 2-2 0-6 2 2 10 Taylor 7 1-2 0-0 0-2 0 1 2 Billups DNP - dislocated left shoulder _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 51-92 18-21 11-49 30 15 129 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.554, FT-.857. 3-Point Goals: 9-18, .500 (D Armstrong 6-8, Mercer 0-2, P Garrity 3-5, Atkins 0-3). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 6 (Outlaw 2, Mercer 2, P Garrity, Wallace). Turnovers: 14 (D Armstrong 3, Maggette 3, Mercer 2, Outlaw 2, Amaechi, P Garrity, Taylor, Williams). Steals: 7 (D Armstrong 4, Amaechi, Atkins, Outlaw). ____________________________________________ La Clippers 27 21 24 24 - 96 Orlando 34 31 34 30 - 129 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: La Clippers 1 (Head Coach Todd, 4:55 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 13,332. T: 2:08. Officials: Steve Javie, Ken Mauer, Gary Benson.


Game Story

ORLANDO, Florida (Ticker) -- First-year coach Doc Rivers continues to get the most out of his Orlando Magic, while interim coach Jim Todd continues to count the days until his tenure with the Los Angeles Clippers is over.

Darrell Armstrong had 26 points and nine assists in just three quarters as the Magic matched their season-high five-game winning streak with a 129-96 rout of Todd's lifeless Clippers.

Rivers' squad of role players continues to be the NBA's biggest surprise. The Magic have won nine of 11 since a season-high eight-game skid and matched their five-game run from December 17-23. They are just one game under .500 at 25-26 and one game behind idle Detroit for the Eastern Conference's final playoff spot.

"I looked at Minnesota, they lost eight or so games in a row and they bounced back," Armstrong said. "I looked at that and said something to our team when we were on our losing streak and we can do the same thing and we've done it and hopefully we can continue to do it."

"We just needed a game where we came out the victor," Rivers said. "I thought the last two days of practice were really beneficial. You have no idea how horrible Monday was."

Armstrong knocked down 10-of-12 shots and had four steals in 26 minutes as Rivers rested the lone remaining Orlando starter from last season in the final period. The 6-1 point guard buried 6-of-8 3-pointers for the Magic, who finished 9-of-18 from beyond the arc.

"No doubt about it, I felt good," Armstrong said. "Felt like I could break the 3-point record. But we were just clicking. It feels good when you come out and just hit shots."

"We had a guy catch fire tonight in Darrell and that really helped us out in the second half tonight," Orlando forward Pat Garrity added.

Armstrong, John Amaechi and rookie Corey Maggette scored five points apiece during a 23-6 second-quarter run that gave the Magic a 63-42 lead with 1:36 remaining in the first half.

Armstrong scored 11 of his team's 13 points in a three-minute stretch of the third quarter as Orlando opened an 86-62 cushion with 3:35 remaining in the period.

Amaechi scored 23 points on 10-of-15 shooting for the Magic, who had season highs in points and victory margin while posting their 10th win in 11 meetings with Los Angeles.

"(Amaechi) is playing terrific. He scores a lot of points and keeps us going," Rivers said. "He is scoring on the post, jump shot and drives."

Maurice Taylor scored 19 points for the Clippers, who are 0-6 since Todd took over for Chris Ford. Los Angeles has lost eight in a row and 18 of 19 overall and 14 in a row on the road.

"We're the Clippers. I don't know if that's a curse or what," Los Angeles guard Derek Anderson said. "All this talent and it just can't work."

"This is not the Florida trip we had hoped for," said Todd, one night after being demolished 107-88 at Miami. "Great weather, but the weather in Los Angeles isn't bad, either. We need to somehow come together and regroup. Somebody is going to have to step up and rally this team."

Tyrone Nesby and rookie Lamar Odom both returned to action from injuries for the Clippers, scoring 13 and 12 points, respectively. Los Angeles shot 40 percent (39-of-97) and remained winless on the road since a 103-99 triumph at Golden State on December 22.

Ron Mercer scored 17 points, Garrity 15 and Maggette added 14 for Orlando, which shot 55 percent (51-of-92) and scored 18 points off turnovers. Bo Outlaw had seven points and a season-high eight assists for the Magic, who held a 49-47 advantage on the boards.

"It was a good game for us because everybody went out and played hard and let the break really affect us too much," Mercer said. "We just tried to go out there and play hard and we have another win and that's the important thing."

Armstrong hit a 25-footer, dunked and handed out two assists during a 15-8 run to open the contest.

Anderson's 3-pointer to open the second quarter pulled Los Angeles within 34-30 but the Clippers got no closer as Orlando raced to a 65-48 lead at the half.

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