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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- ORLANDO 23 19 26 27 95 INDIANA 27 30 17 22 96 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: ORL - DARRELL ARMSTRONG 29, TRACY MCGRADY 25, MIKE MILLER 12 IND - REGGIE MILLER 22, AUSTIN CROSHERE 14, JERMAINE ONEAL 13

HIGH REBOUND: ORL - TRACY MCGRADY 7, MIKE MILLER 7 IND - AL HARRINGTON 12, JALEN ROSE 9

HIGH ASSISTS: ORL - DARRELL ARMSTRONG 12, TWO PLAYERS WITH 4 IND - JALEN ROSE 10, TWO PLAYERS WITH 5

ATT: 17,926 Extended Box ORLANDO (95) AT INDIANA (96) ORLANDO REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === MCGRADY F 46 11-18 3-3 2 5 7 4 3 0 1 25 OUTLAW F 27 2-5 2-3 3 3 6 1 2 0 0 6 AMAECHI C 14 0-3 0-0 2 1 3 1 2 0 1 0 ARMSTRONG G 43 11-24 1-1 0 3 3 12 1 0 1 29 MILLER G 43 4-14 2-2 2 5 7 4 2 2 0 12 DOLEAC 25 3-6 2-2 2 3 5 3 3 0 1 8 WILLIAMS 7 1-1 1-1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 ALEXANDER 5 1-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 1 0 2 GARRITY 21 4-11 0-0 2 3 5 0 3 1 2 8 REID 9 1-3 0-2 2 4 6 0 5 0 2 2 DECLERCQ DNP - STRAINED RIGHT CALF HUDSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 38-87 11-14 15 28 43 25 23 4 8 95 (.437) (.786) TEAM REBS: 4 TOTAL TO: 8(5 PTS) INDIANA REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === HARRINGTON F 40 4-10 4-6 6 6 12 5 4 1 2 12 ONEAL F 35 6-15 1-3 0 5 5 1 4 1 3 13 PERKINS C 15 3-4 0-1 0 3 3 0 0 1 0 7 R MILLER G 43 7-14 4-4 0 2 2 3 0 0 1 22 ROSE G 32 5-11 2-2 0 9 9 10 2 0 4 12 BEST 26 3-8 4-4 1 4 5 5 2 1 2 10 CROSHERE 24 5-7 2-2 1 4 5 0 2 0 0 14 TABAK 6 1-1 0-0 1 0 1 1 1 0 0 2 MCKEY 12 2-3 0-0 1 1 2 1 0 0 0 4 EDNEY 7 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 J BENDER DNP - COACH'S DECISION FOSTER DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 36-74 17-22 10 34 44 26 15 4 12 96 (.486) (.773) TEAM REBS: 4 TOTAL TO: 12(17 PTS) ORLANDO 23 19 26 27 - 95 INDIANA 27 30 17 22 - 96 BLOCKED SHOTS: ORLANDO - REID 2, MCGRADY, DOLEAC, OUTLAW, MILLER. INDIANA - R MILLER, ONEAL, TABAK. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: ORLANDO 8-24 (.333), MCGRADY 0-1, ARMSTRONG 6-10, MILLER 2-10, GARRITY 0-3. INDIANA 7-13 (.538), PERKINS 1-1, R MILLER 4-6, ROSE 0-1, BEST 0-2, CROSHERE 2-3. TECHNICALS: INDIANA - ONEAL. OFFICIALS: RON GARRETSON, NOLAN FINE, TONY BROTHERS. A - 17,926. T - 2:06.


Game Story

INDIANAPOLIS (Ticker) -- Darrell Armstrong could not quite match Reggie Miller.

Armstrong's long-range shooting finally failed as his potential game-winning 3-pointer missed just before the horn, allowing the Indiana Pacers to escape with a 96-95 victory over the Orlando Magic.

Armstrong scored 29 points and shot the Magic back into the game after they trailed by 18 points midway through the third period. He made three 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, including one that pulled Orlando into a 91-91 tie with 3:06 remaining.

After a series of empty possessions, Miller came around a screen and drilled a 3-pointer over Magic rookie Mike Miller to give the Pacers the lead for good with 1:14 to play.

"That's just him," teammate Al Harrington said. "It's kind of like that's what we expect of him. He just stepped up like he always does."

On the next possession, Armstrong had a wide-open 3-pointer but instead whipped a pass underneath to Michael Doleac, who was fouled and made two free throws to make it 94-93 with 46 ticks left.

"I could've took that shot, especially with two guys underneath," said Armstrong, who also had 12 assists. "T-Mac (Tracy McGrady) looked at me like I was crazy -- what did you pass it up for? -- because I was hitting threes left and right."

Miller, who scored 22 points, drew a foul from Armstrong and hit a pair from the line. Pat Garrity answered with a drive and Indiana's Jalen Rose missed a lane jumper with 10 seconds to go, setting up the final possession.

Armstrong was stationed in the right corner when he took a pass from Mike Miller. With Derrick McKey running at him, he had a good look at the game-winner. But it was a bit long and bounded into the hands of Harrington, who dribbled out the clock.

"Two guys ran at Mike Miller and then all of a sudden I was left in the corner," Armstrong said. "I saw two guys coming at me. I got a nice look at it. I thought I hit the game-winner."

"I was just really hoping that shot didn't go in," Pacers center Jermaine O'Neal said.

Armstrong made 6-of-10 from the arc. One of the NBA's all-time greatest gunslingers, Miller sank 4-of-6 to run his all-time leading total to 2,006.

"As long as you can get to the end of the game, we'll take our chances with Reggie Miller taking the shot," Pacers coach Isiah Thomas said.

It was a big win for Indiana, which is fighting for a postseason berth after reaching the NBA Finals last season. The Pacers (30-37) moved one game in front of Boston in the race for the eighth and final Eastern Conference playoff spot.

Rose had 12 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds for Indiana, which has won four straight home games. The Pacers shot 49 percent (36-of-74) and had six players in double figures.

"The season is very short now," Rose said. "Now we must put a streak together and play hard and tough as a unit for the rest of the season. The playoffs are there for our taking."

McGrady scored 25 points for the Magic (37-31), who had a two-game winning streak snapped but remained one game ahead of Toronto for sixth place in the East.

"This was a great game. I hate losing, but it was really fun," Magic coach Doc Rivers said.

Orlando trailed 69-51 after a jumper by Rose with 5:53 left in the third quarter, but Armstrong began and ended a 17-3 run with jumpers that cut the deficit to 72-68 late in the period.

McGrady made two baskets before Armstrong's 3-pointer gave the Magic a 75-74 lead with 10:23 remaining. That was the first of eight lead changes in the fourth quarter.

Another 3-pointer by Armstrong gave Orlando an 82-80 edge with 6:44 left. Miller tied it with two free throws, the first of three ties in the period. Armstrong's third 3-pointer of the quarter knotted it for the last time.

Austin Croshere scored 14 points, O'Neal added 13 and Harrington 12 for the Pacers, who used a big bench effort to build their early lead. In the second quarter, Orlando scored 19 points while Indiana's bench accounted for 21, helping open a 57-40 halftime lead.

Mike Miller scored 12 points for the Magic, who shot 44 percent (38-of-87) and committed just eight turnovers.

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