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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- HOUSTON 12 17 22 23 74 ORLANDO 22 16 19 26 83 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: HOU - STEVE FRANCIS 29, TERENCE MORRIS 11, KELVIN CATO 8 ORL - TRACY MCGRADY 22, TROY HUDSON 19, DARRELL ARMSTRONG 14

HIGH REBOUND: HOU - KENNY THOMAS 12, TERENCE MORRIS 10, STEVE FRANCIS 8 ORL - TRACY MCGRADY 10, HORACE GRANT 6, MONTY WILLIAMS 4

HIGH ASSISTS: HOU - KENNY THOMAS 4, MOOCHIE NORRIS 3, KELVIN CATO 2 ORL - TRACY MCGRADY 6, DARRELL ARMSTRONG 5, TROY HUDSON 3


Extended Box

HOUSTON (74) AT ORLANDO (83)

HOUSTON

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

D LANGHI F 30 3-5 0-0 0 4 4 1 1 1 1 6 K THOMAS F 42 4-11 0-0 4 8 12 4 2 1 4 8 K CATO C 28 4-6 0-0 2 4 6 2 3 1 5 8 O TORRES G 20 2-12 0-0 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 4 S FRANCIS G 46 10-24 7-11 2 6 8 2 4 1 2 29 T MORRIS 32 5-11 0-0 4 6 10 2 2 1 3 11 M NORRIS 23 2-6 0-0 0 3 3 3 4 0 2 4 E GRIFFIN 17 2-7 0-0 1 4 5 0 1 0 0 4 T BROWN 2 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 K WILLIS DNP - COACH'S DECISION C MOBLEY DNP - FLU J COLLIER DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 32-82 7-11 15 35 50 14 18 5 18 74 (.390) (.636) TEAM REBS: 4 TOTAL TO: 19 (18 PTS)

ORLANDO

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

M WILLIAMS F 26 4-6 1-4 1 3 4 1 0 1 2 9 P GARRITY F 39 4-7 1-2 1 3 4 0 3 2 0 10 H GRANT C 34 1-4 1-2 2 4 6 1 4 0 2 3 T MCGRADY G 44 10-20 0-0 1 9 10 6 0 1 3 22 D ARMSTRONG G 34 6-14 0-0 0 3 3 5 5 2 1 14 T HUDSON 31 7-13 4-5 0 3 3 3 3 0 1 19 D REID 10 2-4 0-0 0 3 3 0 1 0 1 4 J JACKSON 14 0-4 0-0 0 3 3 1 2 0 1 0 A DECLERCQ 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 P EWING 5 1-3 0-0 1 1 2 0 1 0 2 2 M MILLER DNP - SPRAINED LEFT ANKLE S HUNTER DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 35-75 7-13 6 32 38 17 19 6 13 83 (.467) (.538) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 13 (10 PTS)

HOUSTON 12 17 22 23 - 74 ORLANDO 22 16 19 26 - 83

BLOCKED SHOTS: HOUSTON - E GRIFFIN. ORLANDO - T MCGRADY, P GARRITY.

3-PT. FIELD GOALS: HOUSTON 3-21 (.143), D LANGHI 0-1, O TORRES 0-4, S FRANCIS 2-6, T MORRIS 1-5, M NORRIS 0-2, E GRIFFIN 0-3. ORLANDO 6- 18 (.333), P GARRITY 1-2, T MCGRADY 2-4, D ARMSTRONG 2-7, T HUDSON 1- 2, J JACKSON 0-3. TECHNICAL FOULS: ORLANDO - DEFENSIVE THREE. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: BILL KENNEDY, LUIS GRILLO, TONY BROTHERS. A - 15,426. T - 2:06.


Box Score

HOUSTON (74)

fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp D Langhi 30 3-5 0-0 0-4 1 1 6 K Thomas 42 4-11 0-0 4-12 4 2 8 K Cato 28 4-6 0-0 2-6 2 3 8 O Torres 20 2-12 0-0 1-1 0 1 4 S Francis 46 10-24 7-11 2-8 2 4 29 T Morris 32 5-11 0-0 4-10 2 2 11 M Norris 23 2-6 0-0 0-3 3 4 4 E Griffin 17 2-7 0-0 1-5 0 2 4 T Brown 2 0-0 0-0 1-1 0 0 0 K Willis DNP - COACH'S DECISION C Mobley DNP - FLU J Collier DNP - COACH'S DECISION

_____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-82 7-11 15-50 14 19 74 _____________________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.390, FT-.636. 3-Point Goals: 3-21, .143 (D Langhi 0-1, O Torres 0-4, S Francis 2-6, T Morris 1-5, M Norris 0-2, E Griffin 0-3). Team Rebounds: 4. Blocked Shots:1 (E Griffin). Turnovers:18 (K Cato 5, K Thomas 4, T Morris 3, M Norris 2, S Francis 2, D Langhi, O Torres). Steals: 5 (K Cato, S Francis, K Thomas, D Langhi, T Morris).

ORLANDO (83)

fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp M Williams 26 4-6 1-4 1-4 1 0 9 P Garrity 39 4-7 1-2 1-4 0 3 10 H Grant 34 1-4 1-2 2-6 1 4 3 T McGrady 44 10-20 0-0 1-10 6 0 22 D Armstrong 34 6-14 0-0 0-3 5 5 14 T Hudson 31 7-13 4-5 0-3 3 3 19 D Reid 10 2-4 0-0 0-3 0 1 4 J Jackson 14 0-4 0-0 0-3 1 2 0 A DeClercq 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 P Ewing 5 1-3 0-0 1-2 0 1 2 M Miller DNP - SPRAINED LEFT ANKLE S Hunter DNP - COACH'S DECISION

_____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-75 7-13 6-38 17 19 83 _____________________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.467, FT-.538. 3-Point Goals: 6-18, .333 (P Garrity 1-2, T McGrady 2-4, D Armstrong 2-7, T Hudson 1-2, J Jackson 0-3). Team Rebounds: 8. Blocked Shots:2 (T McGrady, P Garrity). Turnovers:13 (T McGrady 3, P Ewing 2, H Grant 2, M Williams 2, D Armstrong, D Reid, J Jackson, T Hudson). Steals: 6 (D Armstrong 2, P Garrity 2, M Williams, T McGrady).

------------------------------------------- HOUSTON 12 17 22 23 - 74 ORLANDO 22 16 19 26 - 83 -------------------------------------------

Technical fouls: Orlando - 1 (Defensive Three, 7:14 1st). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 15,426. T: 2:06. Officials: Bill Kennedy, Luis Grillo, Tony Brothers.


Game Story

ORLANDO, Florida (Ticker) -- With all the focus on Tracy McGrady, Darrell Armstrong came through for the Orlando Magic when they needed it.

Armstrong scored five straight points to snap a tie and support a 22-point performance by McGrady as the Magic continued their dominance of the Houston Rockets with an 83-74 victory.

Rookie Eddie Griffin gave Houston its final lead at 67-65 with a layup with 5:13 remaining. McGrady tied it with a long jumper that triggered a 13-1 run.

After the Rockets came up empty, Armstrong grabbed a rebound and pulled up for a short jumper for a 69-67 lead. He followed by nailing a 3-pointer for a five-point cushion.

"Those shots, I know I can make," Armstrong said. "I've just got to start knocking them down earlier."

McGrady did the rest of the damage in the run for Orlando, which has won 10 straight home games against Houston and 14 of the last 15 meetings overall. He nailed three straight jumpers and capped the run with 1:44 remaining.

McGrady scored 14 points in the fourth quarter and finished with 10 rebounds and six assists. He exited with seconds remaining as the crowd serenaded him with chants of "MVP, MVP."

"I looked up at the clock and saw that I had only eight points and I said, `OK, I've got to take over,'" McGrady said. "They really didn't have anything to lose, but they came to play. We finally realized that in the second half."

Orlando also got a boost from reserve guard Troy Hudson, who scored 19 points on 7-of-13 shooting. The victory allowed the Magic to pull within two games of Boston for the third seed in the Eastern Conference. They are one victory away from clinching a playoff spot.

The first quarter featured low scoring and poor play from both sides, but Orlando was able to establish a 22-10 lead. The Rockets responded with 12 straight points to tie it, but the Magic recovered for a 38-29 halftime lead.

"I bet they used 20 seconds on every shot attempt," Orlando coach Doc Rivers said. "It is very difficult to run when a team plays like that. They wanted us to play slow and forced us into that game."

The 12 points in the first quarter and 29 in the first half were the fewest allowed by the Magic this season.

Steve Francis led all scorers with 29 points for Houston. Rookie Terence Morris was the only other Rocket in double figures with 11 points as they shot just 39 percent (32-of-82).

"We couldn't throw it in the ocean," Houston coach Rudy Tomjanovich said. "It's a great lesson that if you go out there and just lay it on the line, even if you shoot like we did, you may have a chance to win."

Tomjanovich apparently can be counted as one of McGrady's supporters in the MVP race.

"What he does is legendary type stuff," he said. "We've got some wonderful players in this league and he's right there near the top of the list."

The Rockets played without starting guard Cuttino Mobley, who was out with the flu, and it showed. They committed 18 turnovers and were a woeful 3-of-21 from beyond the arc.

Houston enjoyed a 50-38 rebounding edge as Kelvin Cato grabbed 12 and Morris 10. The Rockets' poor shooting led to 15 offensive boards.

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