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NBA FINAL IN OT 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH OT TOTAL --- --- --- --- --- ----- ORLANDO 21 19 24 17 7 88 CHICAGO 11 19 33 18 5 86 FINAL IN 1ST OT

HIGH SCORERS: ORL - DARRELL ARMSTRONG 20, RON MERCER 19, COREY MAGGETTE 13 CHI - ELTON BRAND 18, CHRIS ANSTEY 12, CHRIS CARR 12

HIGH REBOUND: ORL - MICHAEL DOLEAC 9, BEN WALLACE 9 CHI - ELTON BRAND 17, CHRIS ANSTEY 16

HIGH ASSISTS: ORL - DARRELL ARMSTRONG 6, CHUCKY ATKINS 6 CHI - HERSEY HAWKINS 7, CHRIS ANSTEY 6

ATT: 21,813


Extended Box

ORLANDO (88) AT CHICAGO (86) - FINAL IN OT

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

OUTLAW F 26 1-2 2-5 2 6 8 3 3 2 0 4 WALLACE F 37 0-4 0-2 4 5 9 2 3 0 3 0 AMAECHI C 34 5-12 2-3 0 0 0 3 2 2 1 12 D ARMSTRONG G 36 6-15 8-8 0 3 3 6 2 7 3 20 MERCER G 38 7-18 5-6 1 2 3 1 2 2 2 19 MAGGETTE 26 4-8 5-5 1 3 4 1 4 2 1 13 DOLEAC 17 1-4 1-2 2 7 9 0 3 0 0 3 ATKINS 18 1-7 0-0 0 2 2 6 0 1 0 2 JOHNSON 16 3-6 1-4 0 1 1 1 2 1 1 7 P GARRITY 17 3-7 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 8 STRONG DNP - COACH'S DECISION WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 265 31-83 24-35 10 29 39 23 22 17 12 88 (.373) (.686) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 12(9 PTS)

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

ARTEST F 24 5-8 0-1 0 3 3 2 4 2 3 10 BRAND F 45 7-19 4-9 6 11 17 2 2 0 1 18 ANSTEY C 33 4-11 4-4 3 13 16 6 6 1 4 12 BROWN G 5 0-3 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 HAWKINS G 37 4-7 0-0 2 3 5 7 5 3 1 8 ARMSTRONG 22 1-5 0-0 0 1 1 1 2 0 4 3 SIMPKINS 28 2-3 3-4 3 9 12 2 2 0 2 7 CARR 27 5-16 2-2 2 3 5 2 4 0 3 12 C BENJAMIN 18 3-7 0-0 1 2 3 2 3 1 0 7 MALONEY 26 3-6 0-0 1 2 3 4 1 0 4 9 HOIBERG DNP - CONCUSSION PERDUE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 265 34-85 13-20 18 47 65 28 30 7 23 86 (.400) (.650) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 27(31 PTS)

ORLANDO 21 19 24 17 7 - 88 CHICAGO 11 19 33 18 5 - 86

BLOCKED SHOTS: ORLANDO - WALLACE 2, AMAECHI, OUTLAW, DOLEAC. CHICAGO - BRAND 5, HAWKINS, ARTEST, SIMPKINS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: ORLANDO 2-7 (.286), D ARMSTRONG 0-2, ATKINS 0-1, P GARRITY 2-4. CHICAGO 5-18 (.278), ARTEST 0-1, HAWKINS 0-3, ARMSTRONG 1-2, CARR 0-4, C BENJAMIN 1-3, MALONEY 3-5. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: BENNETT SALVATORE, JIM CLARK, VIOLET PALMER. A - 21,813. T - 2:39.


Box Score

ORLANDO (88) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Outlaw 26 1-2 2-5 2-8 3 3 4 Wallace 37 0-4 0-2 4-9 2 3 0 Amaechi 34 5-12 2-3 0-0 3 2 12 D Armstrong 36 6-15 8-8 0-3 6 2 20 Mercer 38 7-18 5-6 1-3 1 2 19 Maggette 26 4-8 5-5 1-4 1 4 13 Doleac 17 1-4 1-2 2-9 0 3 3 Atkins 18 1-7 0-0 0-2 6 0 2 Johnson 16 3-6 1-4 0-1 1 2 7 P Garrity 17 3-7 0-0 0-0 0 1 8 Strong DNP - coach's decision Williams DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 265 31-83 24-35 10-39 23 22 88 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.373, FT-.686. 3-Point Goals: 2-7, .286 (D Armstrong 0-2, Atkins 0-1, P Garrity 2-4). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 5 (Wallace 2, Amaechi, Outlaw, Doleac). Turnovers: 12 (D Armstrong 3, Wallace 3, Mercer 2, Amaechi, Johnson, Maggette, P Garrity). Steals: 17 (D Armstrong 7, Amaechi 2, Maggette 2, Mercer 2, Outlaw 2, Atkins, Johnson).

CHICAGO (86) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Artest 24 5-8 0-1 0-3 2 4 10 Brand 45 7-19 4-9 6-17 2 2 18 Anstey 33 4-11 4-4 3-16 6 6 12 Brown 5 0-3 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Hawkins 37 4-7 0-0 2-5 7 5 8 Armstrong 22 1-5 0-0 0-1 1 2 3 Simpkins 28 2-3 3-4 3-12 2 2 7 Carr 27 5-16 2-2 2-5 2 4 12 C Benjamin 18 3-7 0-0 1-3 2 3 7 Maloney 26 3-6 0-0 1-3 4 1 9 Hoiberg DNP - concussion Perdue DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 265 34-85 13-20 18-65 28 30 86 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.400, FT-.650. 3-Point Goals: 5-18, .278 (Artest 0-1, Hawkins 0-3, Armstrong 1-2, Carr 0-4, C Benjamin 1-3, Maloney 3-5). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 8 (Brand 5, Hawkins, Artest, Simpkins). Turnovers: 27 (Anstey 4, Armstrong 4, Maloney 4, Artest 3, Carr 3, Simpkins 2, Brand, Brown, Hawkins). Steals: 7 (Hawkins 3, Artest 2, Anstey, C Benjamin). _________________________________________________ Orlando 21 19 24 17 7 - 88 Chicago 11 19 33 18 5 - 86 _________________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 21,813. T: 2:39. Officials: Bennett Salvatore, Jim Clark, Violet Palmer.


Game Story

CHICAGO (Ticker) -- The Chicago Bulls tried to throw away the game. The Orlando Magic hardly seemed to want it.

Chicago committed 27 turnovers and Orlando's Anthony Johnson missed two free throws that would have clinched the victory in overtime before the Magic survived two potential tying shots and held on for an 88-86 victory over the Chicago Bulls.

"It's a win. That's all I can say," Orlando coach Doc Rivers said. "I was thinking we were trying to create new ways to go into overtime or lose. I'm just glad it's over and that we won."

Orlando's Darrell Armstrong scored 20 points, including a pair of free throws with 12.2 seconds to play, and had seven steals and six assists. Ron Mercer added 19 points, rookie Corey Maggette 13 and John Amaechi 12 for the Magic, who took over sole posession of eighth place in the Eastern Conference, one game ahead of Milwaukee.

"We were down two at the end of the game and I called a timeout," Rivers said. "I told them that if we lost this game, we're not going to the playoffs. I don't know if it was true, but it worked."

Rookie Elton Brand had 18 points and 17 rebounds, Chris Anstey added 12 and 16 boards and Chris Carr contributed 12 points for the Bulls, who have lost seven straight.

The Magic held an 84-81 lead before B.J. Armstrong nailed a 3-pointer to tie the score with 1:06 to play. Mercer drilled a jumper that put the Magic ahead to stay, 86-84, with 48 seconds left.

The Bulls threw away the ball on their next possession and Anstey was called for his sixth foul, putting Darrell Armstrong on the line. The Magic guard hit both for a four-point lead.

"I definitely like getting the ball in my hands at the end of the game," Darrell Armstrong said. "I like to find the ball in my hands to take the big shot. As teams have gotten to know that, I have to work harder to get the ball."

Carr scored on a drive and Johnson gave Chicago another chance when he missed two free throws with seven seconds left. But Carr missed a drive and Brand couldn't get two tip attempts to drop.

"I hit the jumper to go into overtime a few days ago but I couldn't hit the layup tonight, so this loss was tough," Brand said. "Chris Carr had a good look, but I just couldn't finish it."

"On the last play we were trying to get a clear side for Chris Carr," Chicago coach Tim Floyd said. "We felt like he could make a play in the open floor, and the other four guys would go to the offensive boards. Elton had two good looks at the basket and Chris had a good look at the basket."

It was just the second win in Orlando's last 10 road games. The Magic are 14-22 away from TD Waterhouse Center.

The Magic held a 61-49 lead with 2:54 left in the third quarter. To that points, Chicago had 18 turnovers leading to 25 points for Orlando.

Over the next eight-plus minutes, Chicago put together a 25-9 charge to take a 74-70 lead. Brand and Anstey carried the Bulls, dominating the boards as Brand scoring eight points.

The Bulls stretched the lead to 79-74 with 5:35 left when Corey Benjamin hit a 3-pointer, but the Magic fought back to tie it at 79-79 when Ron Mercer hit 1-of-2 from the line with 45 seconds to play in regulation.

Hersey Hawkins tipped in Brand's miss with 5.8 seconds to go but Darrell Armstrong tied it again with a pair of free throws with 2.1 seconds left.

The Magic took their biggest lead of the first half at 32-16 with 6:59 remaining when Maggette picked off Matt Maloney's pass and turned it into a three-point play. The Bulls responded with 12 straight points as Anstey had four points, a pair of assists and two rebounds in the surge. His baseline jumper with 3:48 left pulled Chicago within 32-28.

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