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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- MILWAUKEE 24 19 25 17 85 ORLANDO 9 27 28 19 83 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: MIL - TIM THOMAS 21, SAM CASSELL 19, RAY ALLEN 12 ORL - CHUCKY ATKINS 18, PAT GARRITY 15, DARRELL ARMSTRONG 14

HIGH REBOUND: MIL - ERVIN JOHNSON 13, TWO PLAYERS WITH 11 ORL - RON MERCER 9, TWO PLAYERS WITH 6

HIGH ASSISTS: MIL - SAM CASSELL 10, GLENN ROBINSON 3 ORL - DARRELL ARMSTRONG 6, CHUCKY ATKINS 6

ATT: 17,248


Extended Box

MILWAUKEE (85) AT ORLANDO (83)

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

HAM F 38 2-4 6-9 5 6 11 2 3 2 2 10 ROBINSON F 42 5-16 1-3 3 8 11 3 5 0 4 11 JOHNSON C 32 3-6 2-2 4 9 13 0 5 3 2 8 ALLEN G 32 5-9 1-2 0 3 3 1 3 3 3 12 CASSELL G 45 7-20 5-6 2 4 6 10 3 3 6 19 THOMAS 32 7-17 7-9 1 4 5 1 2 0 2 21 R ALSTON 11 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 2 S WILLIAMS 8 1-2 0-2 0 1 1 0 3 1 0 2 DEL NEGRO DNP - COACH'S DECISION MANNING DNP - COACH'S DECISION TRAYLOR DNP - COACH'S DECISION TURKCAN DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 31-76 22-33 15 35 50 18 24 12 22 85 (.408) (.667) TEAM REBS: 14 TOTAL TO: 24(25 PTS)

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

OUTLAW F 29 3-7 0-0 4 0 4 2 2 2 2 6 WALLACE F 26 2-4 0-0 1 2 3 0 4 1 1 4 AMAECHI C 20 1-4 1-2 2 4 6 1 3 0 2 3 D ARMSTRONG G 36 5-17 2-2 0 5 5 6 3 2 5 14 MERCER G 34 3-13 7-8 4 5 9 2 4 2 2 13 WILLIAMS 20 3-4 2-3 0 1 1 1 2 1 3 8 P GARRITY 30 6-14 2-2 1 5 6 1 4 0 1 15 DOLEAC 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 ATKINS 32 7-22 1-2 0 4 4 6 3 4 3 18 MAGGETTE 10 0-1 2-2 0 3 3 1 0 1 0 2 JOHNSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION STRONG DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 30-86 17-21 12 29 41 20 27 13 19 83 (.349) (.810) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 21(15 PTS)

MILWAUKEE 24 19 25 17 - 85 ORLANDO 9 27 28 19 - 83

BLOCKED SHOTS: MILWAUKEE - HAM 3, JOHNSON 3, S WILLIAMS. ORLANDO - OUTLAW 2, WALLACE 2, MAGGETTE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MILWAUKEE 1-8 (.125), ALLEN 1-3, THOMAS 0-4, R ALSTON 0-1. ORLANDO 6-19 (.316), D ARMSTRONG 2-5, P GARRITY 1-5, ATKINS 3-9. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: DAN CRAWFORD, MIKE CALLAHAN, PHIL ROBINSON. A - 17,248. T - 2:20.


Box Score

MILWAUKEE (85) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Ham 38 2-4 6-9 5-11 2 3 10 Robinson 42 5-16 1-3 3-11 3 5 11 Johnson 32 3-6 2-2 4-13 0 5 8 Allen 32 5-9 1-2 0-3 1 3 12 Cassell 45 7-20 5-6 2-6 10 3 19 Thomas 32 7-17 7-9 1-5 1 2 21 R Alston 11 1-2 0-0 0-0 1 0 2 S Williams 8 1-2 0-2 0-1 0 3 2 Del Negro DNP - coach's decision Manning DNP - coach's decision Traylor DNP - coach's decision Turkcan DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-76 22-33 15-50 18 24 85 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.408, FT-.667. 3-Point Goals: 1-8, .125 (Allen 1-3, Thomas 0-4, R Alston 0-1). Team rebounds: 14. Blocked shots: 7 (Ham 3, Johnson 3, S Williams). Turnovers: 24 (Cassell 6, Robinson 4, Allen 3, R Alston 3, Ham 2, Johnson 2, Thomas 2). Steals: 12 (Allen 3, Cassell 3, Johnson 3, Ham 2, S Williams).

ORLANDO (83) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Outlaw 29 3-7 0-0 4-4 2 2 6 Wallace 26 2-4 0-0 1-3 0 4 4 Amaechi 20 1-4 1-2 2-6 1 3 3 D Armstrong 36 5-17 2-2 0-5 6 3 14 Mercer 34 3-13 7-8 4-9 2 4 13 Williams 20 3-4 2-3 0-1 1 2 8 P Garrity 30 6-14 2-2 1-6 1 4 15 Doleac 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 2 0 Atkins 32 7-22 1-2 0-4 6 3 18 Maggette 10 0-1 2-2 0-3 1 0 2 Johnson DNP - coach's decision Strong DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-86 17-21 12-41 20 27 83 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.349, FT-.810. 3-Point Goals: 6-19, .316 (D Armstrong 2-5, P Garrity 1-5, Atkins 3-9). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 5 (Outlaw 2, Wallace 2, Maggette). Turnovers: 21 (D Armstrong 5, Atkins 3, Williams 3, Amaechi 2, Mercer 2, Outlaw 2, P Garrity, Wallace). Steals: 13 (Atkins 4, D Armstrong 2, Mercer 2, Outlaw 2, Maggette, Wallace, Williams). ____________________________________________ Milwaukee 24 19 25 17 - 85 Orlando 9 27 28 19 - 83 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,248. T: 2:20. Officials: Dan Crawford, Mike Callahan, Phil Robinson.


Game Story

ORLANDO, Florida (Ticker) -- The Milwaukee Bucks have owned the Orlando Magic all season and tonight they delivered the knockout punch.

Glenn Robinson converted a breakaway layup with 14.8 seconds remaining as the Bucks clinched the final Eastern Conference playoff spot with an 85-83 victory over the Magic, who rallied from a 19-point deficit and led with 1:17 left.

"I liked our attitude from the opening tip," Robinson said. "We got off to a good start and that was the game right there. They made their run, but you have to give them a lot of credit. They played hard, even though they played last night."

Milwaukee played the entire fourth quarter without guard Ray Allen, who suffered a sprained left MCL when Orlando's Ron Mercer ran into him as the two were diving for a loose ball.

But Tim Thomas picked up the slack by scoring eight of his 21 points in the fourth quarter, including six in the final three minutes. Sam Cassell added 19 and Allen had 12.

"It was struggle all year and now we have a whole new season ahead of us," Thomas said.

After Robinson's basket, Orlando went for the win on the ensuing possession, but Chucky Atkins missed a wide-open 3-pointer from the right corner with five seconds remaining. Robinson slapped the rebound into the backcourt and time ran out before either team could gain control.

Milwaukee (41-40) completed a four-game season sweep of the Magic and will face either Indiana or Miami in the first round of the playoffs. The Bucks are one-half game behind seventh place Detroit in the East.

"They are both great teams," Thomas said. "We just have to be ready to play either one."

Even if the Bucks lose their season finale to Washington and Orlando defeats Toronto on Wednesday, Milwaukee wins the tiebreaker based on their head-to-head success against the Magic.

"In the second half, they (the Magic) rebounded the ball better and that hurt," Milwaukee coach George Karl said. "In the second half, they hurt us on the boards. They have the energy and should be complimented. They had a good season and we were very fortunate."

Atkins had 18 points and Pat Garrity added 16 for Orlando, which trailed 24-9 after the first quarter. However, Atkins was just 7-of-22 from the field, including 3-of-9 from 3-point range.

It was a disappointing end for Orlando, a team of castoffs and career backups that overachieved all season. Doc Rivers, a candidate for Coach of the Year, may have gotten more out of his talent than any coach in the league.

"I told them I was proud of them," Rivers said. "I basically told them they were the best team I had ever seen, not the greatest team, but the best team. They are an amazing group. I am just so proud, but this is tough.

"I don't know when I ever felt worse for a group of guys," Rivers continued. "I think that every single player on this team has validated that they belong in the NBA."

Orlando overcame an eight-game losing streak in December to stay in playoff contention until the second-to-last game of the season. But the Magic came out tight in the most important game of the season and it ultimately cost them. The first quarter was a nightmare for Orlando, which fell behind, 24-5, with two minutes remaining in the period.

"Everyone expected to be going to the playoffs," Garrity said. "Once we started the season, winning a few games, everyone expected it. We weren't going to be a losing team, we were going to be a winning team. It's just a shame to have it end like this."

The Magic shook off the nerves and climbed back into it, taking their first lead midway through the fourth period. But they could not stop Thomas in the final minutes. His dunk tied it, 83-83, with 39 seconds left.

The Magic shot just 19 percent (3-of-16) in the period and narrowly avoided a franchise low for points in a quarter. Orlando scored seven points in the fourth period at Detroit on February 7, 1996.

"I think we were a little too pumped in the beginning," Orlando guard Ron Mercer said. "We were too excited. We were ready for this game, had a lot of energy, but we were too excited. Our shots weren't falling in the beginning."

Like its season, Orlando faced an uphill climb after its nightmarish first quarter, but the Magic finally took their first lead at 79-77 on Williams' eight-footer with 3:21 left.

After Garrity's layup gave Orlando an 83-81 lead with 1:18 remaining, Sam Cassell threw away the ball on the inbounds pass, giving Orlando a chance to go up by four, but Outlaw missed a jumper.

Following Thomas' dunk, Darrell Armstrong turned over the ball for Orlando, leading to Robinson's fastbreak layup.

"Tim Thomas did a magnificent job of filling in," Milwaukee guard Sam Cassell said. "I call him, 'The Truth.' He can guard anyone. He is one of the big reasons why we won tonight."

Orlando pulled within 37-36 late in the second quarter, but Milwaukee scored the final six points to take a 43-36 halftime lead. Atkins scored nine points in the third period to bring Orlando within 68-64 entering the final quarter.

"I would label this as a team that didn't quit," Rivers said. "How many young teams do you know down 24-9 and struggling would have a chance to tie the score before halftime."

The game was dominated by defense as Milwaukee shot 41 percent (31-of-76) and committed 24 turnovers. Orlando shot just 35 percent (30-of-86) and committed 21 turnovers.

Milwaukee outrebounded Orlando, 50-41. Ervin Johnson grabbed 13 rebounds and Robinson and Darvin Ham pulled down 11 apiece.

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