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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- WASHINGTON 27 28 23 20 98 ORLANDO 22 29 28 28 107 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: WAS - JUWAN HOWARD 25, RICHARD HAMILTON 17, MITCH RICHMOND 15 ORL - DARRELL ARMSTRONG 32, TRACY MCGRADY 24, MIKE MILLER 16

HIGH REBOUND: WAS - RICHARD HAMILTON 6, POPEYE JONES 6 ORL - BO OUTLAW 8, DARRELL ARMSTRONG 7

HIGH ASSISTS: WAS - JUWAN HOWARD 5, CHRIS WHITNEY 4 ORL - TRACY MCGRADY 7, DARRELL ARMSTRONG 5

ATT: 13,548


Extended Box

WASHINGTON (98) AT ORLANDO (107)

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

HOWARD F 41 9-17 7-7 1 2 3 5 3 2 3 25 MICHAEL SMITH F 18 2-2 0-0 1 4 5 0 1 1 0 4 BOOTH C 21 3-7 1-2 2 3 5 1 6 3 2 7 HAMILTON G 35 7-18 3-6 3 3 6 2 3 2 4 17 C WHITNEY G 39 5-12 0-0 0 0 0 4 3 3 2 12 NESBY 24 3-6 2-2 0 2 2 0 5 1 1 9 J WHITE 15 2-2 3-4 1 2 3 1 3 0 1 7 RICHMOND 29 2-9 10-11 1 3 4 3 1 1 3 15 P JONES 13 1-4 0-0 4 2 6 0 1 0 1 2 LOPEZ 5 0-0 0-0 0 3 3 1 0 0 1 0 KING DNP - COACH'S DECISION STRICKLAND DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 34-77 26-32 13 24 37 17 26 13 18 98 (.442) (.813) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 19(28 PTS)

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

MCGRADY F 37 9-20 5-6 3 2 5 7 2 1 5 24 OUTLAW F 28 4-4 4-6 3 5 8 4 2 3 0 12 DECLERCQ C 14 0-4 0-0 3 3 6 0 4 0 1 0 ARMSTRONG G 37 10-15 5-5 2 5 7 5 1 1 5 32 MILLER G 30 6-10 1-2 0 5 5 2 2 1 2 16 WILLIAMS 17 1-5 0-0 0 2 2 0 4 1 0 2 AMAECHI 15 2-5 4-6 1 1 2 0 2 1 2 8 GARRITY 23 1-4 4-4 1 4 5 1 5 0 1 6 REID 3 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 HUDSON 11 1-7 0-0 1 1 2 1 1 0 1 3 DOLEAC 24 2-4 0-0 0 1 1 3 3 0 0 4 ALEXANDER 1 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0

TOTALS 240 36-81 23-29 14 30 44 23 26 8 18 107 (.444) (.793) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 19(19 PTS)

WASHINGTON 27 28 23 20 - 98 ORLANDO 22 29 28 28 - 107

BLOCKED SHOTS: WASHINGTON - NESBY 2, J WHITE, RICHMOND, MICHAEL SMITH. ORLANDO - MCGRADY 2, OUTLAW, DOLEAC. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: WASHINGTON 4-8 (.500), C WHITNEY 2-4, NESBY 1-1, RICHMOND 1-3. ORLANDO 12-20 (.600), MCGRADY 1-2, ARMSTRONG 7-9, MILLER 3-4, GARRITY 0-1, HUDSON 1-3, ALEXANDER 0-1. TECHNICALS: WASHINGTON - NESBY. OFFICIALS: DICK BAVETTA, RODNEY MOTT, TOM WASHINGTON. A - 13,548. T - 2:16.


Box Score

WASHINGTON (98) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Howard 41 9-17 7-7 1-3 5 3 25 Michael Smith 18 2-2 0-0 1-5 0 1 4 Booth 21 3-7 1-2 2-5 1 6 7 Hamilton 35 7-18 3-6 3-6 2 3 17 C Whitney 39 5-12 0-0 0-0 4 3 12 Nesby 24 3-6 2-2 0-2 0 5 9 J White 15 2-2 3-4 1-3 1 3 7 Richmond 29 2-9 10-11 1-4 3 1 15 P Jones 13 1-4 0-0 4-6 0 1 2 Lopez 5 0-0 0-0 0-3 1 0 0 King DNP - coach's decision Strickland DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-77 26-32 13-37 17 26 98 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.442, FT-.813. 3-Point Goals: 4-8, .500 (C Whitney 2-4, Nesby 1-1, Richmond 1-3). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 5 (Nesby 2, J White, Richmond, Michael Smith). Turnovers: 19 (Hamilton 4, Howard 3, Richmond 3, Booth 2, C Whitney 2, J White, Lopez, Nesby, P Jones). Steals: 13 (Booth 3, C Whitney 3, Hamilton 2, Howard 2, Michael Smith, Nesby, Richmond).

ORLANDO (107) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mcgrady 37 9-20 5-6 3-5 7 2 24 Outlaw 28 4-4 4-6 3-8 4 2 12 Declercq 14 0-4 0-0 3-6 0 4 0 Armstrong 37 10-15 5-5 2-7 5 1 32 Miller 30 6-10 1-2 0-5 2 2 16 Williams 17 1-5 0-0 0-2 0 4 2 Amaechi 15 2-5 4-6 1-2 0 2 8 Garrity 23 1-4 4-4 1-5 1 5 6 Reid 3 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Hudson 11 1-7 0-0 1-2 1 1 3 Doleac 24 2-4 0-0 0-1 3 3 4 Alexander 1 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-81 23-29 14-44 23 26 107 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.444, FT-.793. 3-Point Goals: 12-20, .600 (Mcgrady 1-2, Armstrong 7-9, Miller 3-4, Garrity 0-1, Hudson 1-3, Alexander 0-1). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 4 (Mcgrady 2, Outlaw, Doleac). Turnovers: 19 (Armstrong 5, Mcgrady 5, Amaechi 2, Miller 2, Alexander, Declercq, Garrity, Hudson). Steals: 8 (Outlaw 3, Amaechi, Armstrong, Mcgrady, Miller, Williams). ____________________________________________ Washington 27 28 23 20 - 98 Orlando 22 29 28 28 - 107 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Washington 1 (Nesby, 3:26 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 13,548. T: 2:16. Officials: Dick Bavetta, Rodney Mott, Tom Washington.


Game Story

ORLANDO, Florida (Ticker) -- Darrell Armstrong is red-hot and so are the Orlando Magic.

Armstrong scored 32 points with a career-high seven 3-pointers to lead the Magic to their season-high sixth straight win, a 107-98 victory over the Washington Wizards.

Orlando's best stretch of the season has been powered by the strong play of Armstrong. During the winning streak, he is averaging 23.3 points on 52 percent (46-of-89) from the field.

From 3-point range, the 6-1 guard has been absolutely deadly, making 23-of-39 shots for 59 percent. In this one, he drilled 7-of-9, including a pair in a third-quarter run that got the Magic back in it and two more in a fourth-quarter surge that gave Orlando control for good.

"I felt good with my shot," Armstrong said. "Other guys are knocking down shots so it's hard to defend (us)."

"Darrell hit some tough threes with some hands in his face," Wizards forward Juwan Howard said. "When you get into one of those zones which he entered, it was tough to get him out of it."

Armstrong's big game came on a night where the team gave out bobble-head dolls of his likeness to the crowd of 13,548 at TD Waterhouse Centre. Magic injured forward Grant Hill held one on the bench and shook it up and down each time Armstrong made a shot.

"It's nice to see that," Armstrong said. "I tried to stay out there and sign a couple of bobbing heads. I hope everybody enjoyed their gift. I know I'm going to be seeing them around, in cars, or I might be seeing them around here again. It's fun when somebody brings something out on you and then all of a sudden, you have a big game."

"He's shown flashes of being able to do that," Washington coach Leonard Hamilton said. "He's had a good year."

Tracy McGrady scored 24 points for the Magic, who have won six in a row for the first time since April 2-9, 1999, the last year they made the playoffs. Orlando (25-23) enters the All-Star break two games over .500 for the first time this season.

"A bad time for the break, absolutely," Magic coach Doc Rivers said. "Actually, it is, but it isn't. Darrell is not doing well with his groin so this break is probably a great time for him. ... But when you win six games in a row, you don't want to threaten that. I would love to play five more games in the next week and then go on break, but you can't call your own break."

Howard scored 25 points and Richard Hamilton added 17 for the Wizards (12-37), who have lost three in a row as their problems against the Magic continued. Washington is 0-3 against Orlando this season and has lost nine straight in the Magic Kingdom since November 1, 1996.

"When you have a break like this, you want to take advantage of it," Howard said. "You need to get your mind right, get refocused and prepared to play that first game after the break. You need to be fresh and rejuvenated."

The Magic led 79-78 entering the final period and took the lead for good at 82-80 on Troy Hudson's 3-pointer with 8:48 to play. The teams traded baskets twice before Orlando took charge with a 15-6 run.

Armstrong had a pair of 3-pointers 33 seconds apart and rookie Mike Miller added one before a jumper by Michael Doleac gave Orlando a 101-90 lead with 3:12 remaining.

"I think everyone was shooting with confidence before (the winning streak), it's just now they're going in and they're winning," Miller said. "I don't think anyone has questioned their shot."

Miller scored nine of his 16 points on 3-pointers and Bo Outlaw added 12 points for the Magic, who made 12-of-20 from the arc and shot 44 percent (36-of-81) overall.

"The second half, we just stepped up our play," said McGrady, who frequently passed out of double-teams and had seven assists. "I think our offense broke down their defense and just found the open guys."

Mitch Richmond scored 15 points and Chris Whitney added 12 for the Wizards, who also shot 44 percent (34-of-77) but made just 4-of-8 3-pointers and were outrebounded, 44-37.

Armstrong and McGrady scored 13 points apiece in the first half but the Wizards emerged with a 55-51 lead. Hamilton's runner gave Washington a 57-53 advantage with 8:56 to go in the third quarter before Armstrong made two 3-pointers in an 11-0 burst.

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