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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- ORLANDO 28 23 24 18 93 PHOENIX 22 26 28 16 92 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: ORL - TRACY MCGRADY 24, PATRICK EWING 22, GRANT HILL 14 PHO - STEPHON MARBURY 25, SHAWN MARION 20, TWO PLAYERS WITH 12

HIGH REBOUND: ORL - PATRICK EWING 15, TRACY MCGRADY 9 PHO - RODNEY ROGERS 10, TWO PLAYERS WITH 9

HIGH ASSISTS: ORL - TRACY MCGRADY 8, TWO PLAYERS WITH 4 PHO - PENNY HARDAWAY 7, STEPHON MARBURY 4

ATT: 17,393


Extended Box

ORLANDO (93) AT PHOENIX (92)

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

HILL F 37 3-9 8-8 0 7 7 4 2 0 3 14 GRANT F 23 2-4 0-0 1 1 2 1 1 0 0 4 HUNTER C 12 1-3 0-2 1 0 1 0 4 1 1 2 MCGRADY G 45 10-22 4-5 3 6 9 8 1 1 4 24 ARMSTRONG G 32 2-7 1-1 0 3 3 4 3 0 2 7 EWING 30 10-16 2-2 4 11 15 1 1 0 3 22 OUTLAW 25 2-2 2-2 2 1 3 0 4 2 1 6 MILLER 22 4-10 2-2 0 3 3 1 2 1 2 12 HUDSON 10 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 3 1 1 1 2 GARRITY 4 0-3 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 DECLERCQ DNP - COACH'S DECISION REID DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 35-78 19-22 11 32 43 23 19 6 17 93 (.449) (.864) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 17(18 PTS)

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

SH MARION F 41 9-20 2-2 1 8 9 1 4 4 1 20 ROGERS F 33 5-11 1-3 3 7 10 3 5 5 1 12 VOSKUHL C 10 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 ST MARBURY G 38 9-16 4-4 2 1 3 4 3 1 4 25 HARDAWAY G 41 4-14 3-5 1 3 4 7 0 0 3 12 TSAKALIDIS 23 4-6 1-3 3 6 9 0 3 0 3 9 T DELK 23 0-5 3-4 0 0 0 3 0 0 2 3 WALLACE 18 4-9 0-0 1 3 4 1 2 0 1 8 FORD 4 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 BUECHLER 9 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 V DEL NEGRO DNP - COACH'S DECISION GUGLIOTTA DNP - CONCUSSION

TOTALS 240 36-82 14-21 12 28 40 19 18 10 16 92 (.439) (.667) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 16(22 PTS)

ORLANDO 28 23 24 18 - 93 PHOENIX 22 26 28 16 - 92

BLOCKED SHOTS: ORLANDO - OUTLAW 2, MCGRADY, GRANT. PHOENIX - SH MARION, TSAKALIDIS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: ORLANDO 4-14 (.286), MCGRADY 0-3, ARMSTRONG 2-4, MILLER 2-5, GARRITY 0-2. PHOENIX 6-18 (.333), SH MARION 0-3, ROGERS 1-3, ST MARBURY 3-5, HARDAWAY 1-4, T DELK 0-2, BUECHLER 1-1. TECHNICALS: PHOENIX - SH MARION. OFFICIALS: JACK NIES, RON OLESIAK, GARY ZIELINSKI. A - 17,393. T - 2:20.


Box Score

ORLANDO (93) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Hill 37 3-9 8-8 0-7 4 2 14 Grant 23 2-4 0-0 1-2 1 1 4 Hunter 12 1-3 0-2 1-1 0 4 2 Mcgrady 45 10-22 4-5 3-9 8 1 24 Armstrong 32 2-7 1-1 0-3 4 3 7 Ewing 30 10-16 2-2 4-15 1 1 22 Outlaw 25 2-2 2-2 2-3 0 4 6 Miller 22 4-10 2-2 0-3 1 2 12 Hudson 10 1-2 0-0 0-0 3 1 2 Garrity 4 0-3 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 Declercq DNP - coach's decision Reid DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-78 19-22 11-43 23 19 93 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.449, FT-.864. 3-Point Goals: 4-14, .286 (Mcgrady 0-3, Armstrong 2-4, Miller 2-5, Garrity 0-2). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 4 (Outlaw 2, Mcgrady, Grant). Turnovers: 17 (Mcgrady 4, Ewing 3, Hill 3, Armstrong 2, Miller 2, Hudson, Hunter, Outlaw). Steals: 6 (Outlaw 2, Hudson, Hunter, Mcgrady, Miller).

PHOENIX (92) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Sh Marion 41 9-20 2-2 1-9 1 4 20 Rogers 33 5-11 1-3 3-10 3 5 12 Voskuhl 10 0-0 0-0 1-1 0 1 0 St Marbury 38 9-16 4-4 2-3 4 3 25 Hardaway 41 4-14 3-5 1-4 7 0 12 Tsakalidis 23 4-6 1-3 3-9 0 3 9 T Delk 23 0-5 3-4 0-0 3 0 3 Wallace 18 4-9 0-0 1-4 1 2 8 Ford 4 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Buechler 9 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 3 V Del Negro DNP - coach's decision Gugliotta DNP - concussion _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-82 14-21 12-40 19 18 92 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.439, FT-.667. 3-Point Goals: 6-18, .333 (Sh Marion 0-3, Rogers 1-3, St Marbury 3-5, Hardaway 1-4, T Delk 0-2, Buechler 1-1). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 2 (Sh Marion, Tsakalidis). Turnovers: 16 (St Marbury 4, Hardaway 3, Tsakalidis 3, T Delk 2, Rogers, Sh Marion, Voskuhl, Wallace). Steals: 10 (Rogers 5, Sh Marion 4, St Marbury). ____________________________________________ Orlando 28 23 24 18 - 93 Phoenix 22 26 28 16 - 92 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Phoenix 1 (Sh Marion, 4:06 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,393. T: 2:20. Officials: Jack Nies, Ron Olesiak, Gary Zielinski.


Game Story

PHOENIX (Ticker) -- Even at 39, Patrick Ewing showed that he is the best center on the Orlando Magic.

Ewing came off the bench to post season highs of 22 points and 15 rebounds and lift the Magic to a slump-snapping 93-92 victory over the Phoenix Suns.

"That is different and it is an adjustment for me," Ewing said of his role. "I am trying just to stay focused. It was a lot of fun, but it is always fun when you win. We played very good tonight. We were doing the right things tonight, moving the basketball, everybody was involved and we played defense."

One of the NBA's 50 Greatest Players, Ewing spent his first 15 seasons in New York before he was unceremoniously traded to Seattle prior to last season. He became a free agent and signed a two-year, $4.6 million contract with the Magic, looking for an elusive NBA title.

Ewing began the season as Orlando's third-string center behind foul-prone Andrew DeClercq and career backup Don Reid. He seemed to slip further down the depth chart earlier this week as rookie Steven Hunter started two games and was overwhelmed by Shaquille O'Neal and Greg Ostertag.

The veteran 7-footer was surprised he did not start Wednesday but still had plenty at the finish. His tip-in opened the fourth quarter and gave Orlando the lead for good at 77-76 and he added a pair of jumpers later in the period.

"We never know game to game with Patrick Ewing -- is he going to reach the youth fountain that night, or is he going to be the Patrick Ewing of 39 years old?" Magic coach Doc Rivers said. "Tonight he was the young guy. One of the coaches said before the game, `Patrick's going to have a good game tonight. This is where the old people come to play basketball.'"

"No, it is in Florida," Ewing joked. "I love the warm weather. It is nice out here, too."

Despite Ewing's big game, the victory was not secure until Suns guard Stephon Marbury missed a tough runner and John Wallace was too hard on a tip attempt in the final seconds.

Tracy McGrady scored 24 points and Grant Hill added 14 for the Magic, who improved to 1-2 on a four-game road trip. Orlando had lost six of its last seven meetings with Phoenix.

"I am going tip my hat to the big fellow (Ewing)," McGrady said. "He gave it to us tonight. You know he is not going to give it (to) us every night but we definitely needed it tonight."

Marbury scored 25 points and Shawn Marion added 20 and nine rebounds for the Suns, who scored the final five points but came up one shy.

"It's tough to lose the way we lost," Marbury said. "Some people say they'd rather lose by 20 than by one, but it's always good to be in that situation where you lose by one."

Two free throws by Hill gave Orlando a 93-87 lead with 1:38 to play, but Rodney Rogers made a follow shot and Marbury drilled a long 3-pointer to make it 93-92 with 43 seconds remaining.

Pat Garrity missed a 3-pointer, setting up the final possession. From the top, Marbury drove into the lane and put up a runner that bounced off the rim. Wallace's tip went into the right corner and was batted around as time ran out.

"We knew Steph was going to take it," McGrady said. "The guy's a remarkable player with unbelievable talent. When he made that three, I was like, `Damn, he's feeling it now.' Coming out of the timeout, we knew he was going to take it 1-on-1."

"We were going for a little backdoor play that they played pretty well," Suns coach Scott Skiles said. "We had the ball in Steph's hands. He had it going late in the game and he had a good look at it; he just missed it."

The Magic again started Hunter, who had four fouls, two points and one rebound matched up against Jake Voskuhl. Ewing, whose season high was 12, had 14 on 6-of-6 shooting in the first half, helping Orlando to a 51-48 lead.

"I worked extremely hard this summer to be ready," Ewing said. "I came into this season feeling a lot healthier than I did last year. Doc used me a little more than normal tonight and I was able to be effective."

Marbury scored 11 points in the third quarter, which ended with Phoenix holding a 76-75 lead. But Ewing's tip triggered an 8-0 surge that McGrady closed with two free throws and a tip-in of his own for an 83-76 advantage with 10:04 to play.

Penny Hardaway, who had 12 points and seven assists, buried a 3-pointer to cut the deficit to 83-80, but Ewing answered with a jumper with 8:33 left. Wallace's jumper made it 87-85, but again Ewing responded, this time with an 18-footer with 4:47 to go.

"We left Patrick open and our weak-side defense was not there," Skiles said.

Mike Miller scored 12 points for Orlando, which shot 45 percent (35-of-78).

Rogers had 12 points and 10 rebounds for Phoenix, which shot 44 percent (36-of-82). Rogers started for forward Tom Gugliotta, who sat out with a mild concussion suffered in Tuesday's win at Seattle.

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