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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- ORLANDO 27 29 31 21 108 NEW YORK 24 25 22 26 97 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: ORL - TROY HUDSON 29, HORACE GRANT 22, TRACY MCGRADY 19 NYK - ALLAN HOUSTON 26, KURT THOMAS 23, LATRELL SPREWELL 21

HIGH REBOUND: ORL - HORACE GRANT 10, FOUR PLAYERS WITH 5 NYK - CLARENCE WEATHERSPOON 10, ALLAN HOUSTON 5, TWO PLAYERS WITH 4

HIGH ASSISTS: ORL - DARRELL ARMSTRONG 7, TROY HUDSON 6, TRACY MCGRADY 6 NYK - CHARLIE WARD 5, LATRELL SPREWELL 5, MARK JACKSON 5

ATT: 19,763


Extended Box

ORLANDO (108) AT NEW YORK (97)

ORLANDO

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

H GRANT F 38 11-13 0-0 3 7 10 4 1 2 1 22 M WILLIAMS F 33 3-5 0-0 2 3 5 1 3 1 5 6 P EWING C 19 2-3 2-4 0 5 5 1 2 0 0 6 D ARMSTRONG G 22 1-7 1-1 0 5 5 7 2 3 2 3 T MCGRADY G 37 8-15 3-4 0 3 3 6 1 1 4 19 P GARRITY 32 4-8 2-2 0 2 2 1 4 2 0 13 T HUDSON 26 10-17 2-2 0 3 3 6 2 0 2 29 J JACKSON 27 2-5 2-2 0 5 5 3 1 2 3 8 D REID 5 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 2 A DECLERCQ 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 M MILLER DNP - SPRAINED LEFT ANKLE S HUNTER DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 42-75 12-15 5 33 38 29 21 11 17 108 (.560) (.800) TEAM REBS: 4 TOTAL TO: 17 (16 PTS)

NEW YORK

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

L SPREWELL F 42 8-20 4-4 1 2 3 5 1 1 1 21 C WEATHERSPOON F 25 0-3 0-0 2 8 10 3 1 0 1 0 K THOMAS C 39 10-11 3-3 0 4 4 2 5 0 2 23 A HOUSTON G 46 10-17 5-5 0 5 5 3 2 1 4 26 M JACKSON G 21 3-4 0-0 1 0 1 5 2 3 2 7 O HARRINGTON 32 4-17 2-2 2 2 4 2 2 1 0 10 H EISLEY 10 1-3 0-0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 3 S ANDERSON 8 0-1 0-0 0 2 2 0 0 0 2 0 C WARD 17 3-6 0-0 0 3 3 5 3 3 0 7 F SPENCER DNP - COACH'S DECISION T KNIGHT DNP - COACH'S DECISION L POSTELL DNP - LEFT ANKLE BRUISE

TOTALS 240 39-82 14-14 6 26 32 27 16 9 13 97 (.476) (1.000) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 14 (16 PTS)

ORLANDO 27 29 31 21 - 108 NEW YORK 24 25 22 26 - 97

BLOCKED SHOTS: ORLANDO - T MCGRADY 2, H GRANT. NEW YORK - L SPREWELL.

3-PT. FIELD GOALS: ORLANDO 12-26 (.462), D ARMSTRONG 0-3, T MCGRADY 0- 3, P GARRITY 3-5, T HUDSON 7-10, J JACKSON 2-5. NEW YORK 5-16 (.313), L SPREWELL 1-5, A HOUSTON 1-4, M JACKSON 1-1, O HARRINGTON 0-1, H EISLEY 1- 2, C WARD 1-3. TECHNICAL FOULS: ORLANDO - DEFENSIVE THREE. NEW YORK - DEFENSIVE THREE. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: COURTNEY KIRKLAND, JOE CRAWFORD, MONTY MCCUTCHEN. A - 19,763. T - 2:03.


Box Score

ORLANDO (108)

fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp H Grant 38 11-13 0-0 3-10 4 1 22 M Williams 33 3-5 0-0 2-5 1 3 6 P Ewing 19 2-3 2-4 0-5 1 2 6 D Armstrong 22 1-7 1-1 0-5 7 2 3 T McGrady 37 8-15 3-4 0-3 6 1 19 P Garrity 32 4-8 2-2 0-2 1 4 13 T Hudson 26 10-17 2-2 0-3 6 2 29 J Jackson 27 2-5 2-2 0-5 3 1 8 D Reid 5 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 3 2 A DeClercq 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 2 0 M Miller DNP - SPRAINED LEFT ANKLE S Hunter DNP - COACH'S DECISION

_____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 42-75 12-15 5-38 29 21 108 _____________________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.560, FT-.800. 3-Point Goals: 12-26, .462 (D Armstrong 0-3, T McGrady 0-3, P Garrity 3-5, T Hudson 7-10, J Jackson 2-5). Team Rebounds: 4. Blocked Shots:3 (T McGrady 2, H Grant). Turnovers:17 (M Williams 5, T McGrady 4, J Jackson 3, D Armstrong 2, T Hudson 2, H Grant). Steals: 11 (D Armstrong 3, H Grant 2, J Jackson 2, P Garrity 2, M Williams, T McGrady).

NEW YORK (97)

fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L Sprewell 42 8-20 4-4 1-3 5 1 21 C Weatherspoon 25 0-3 0-0 2-10 3 1 0 K Thomas 39 10-11 3-3 0-4 2 5 23 A Houston 46 10-17 5-5 0-5 3 2 26 M Jackson 21 3-4 0-0 1-1 5 2 7 O Harrington 32 4-17 2-2 2-4 2 2 10 H Eisley 10 1-3 0-0 0-0 2 0 3 S Anderson 8 0-1 0-0 0-2 0 0 0 C Ward 17 3-6 0-0 0-3 5 3 7 F Spencer DNP - COACH'S DECISION T Knight DNP - COACH'S DECISION L Postell DNP - LEFT ANKLE BRUISE

_____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-82 14-14 6-32 27 16 97 _____________________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.476, FT-1.000. 3-Point Goals: 5-16, .313 (L Sprewell 1-5, A Houston 1-4, M Jackson 1-1, O Harrington 0-1, H Eisley 1-2, C Ward 1-3). Team Rebounds: 5. Blocked Shots:1 (L Sprewell). Turnovers:13 (A Houston 4, M Jackson 2, S Anderson 2, K Thomas 2, C Weatherspoon, L Sprewell, H Eisley). Steals: 9 (C Ward 3, M Jackson 3, A Houston, O Harrington, L Sprewell).

-------------------------------------------- ORLANDO 27 29 31 21 - 108 NEW YORK 24 25 22 26 - 97 --------------------------------------------

Technical fouls: Orlando - 1 (Defensive Three, 5:03 1st). New York - 1 (Defensive Three, 5:56 1st). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,763. T: 2:03. Officials: Courtney Kirkland, Joe Crawford, Monty Mccutchen.


Game Story

NEW YORK (Ticker) -- Even though Patrick Ewing said it was not a farewell, Doc Rivers gave him plenty of opportunities to say good-bye.

Making a rare start in perhaps his final game in Madison Square Garden, Ewing received ovations before and after the game and scored six points in between as the Orlando Magic clinched a playoff berth with their fourth straight victory, a 108-97 triumph over the New York Knicks.

With the fans calling his name and time winding down, Ewing tried one of his patented fadeaway jumpers from the left baseline but missed, a somewhat ironic finish as he left the fans wanting just a little bit more.

"The fans have been terrific," said Ewing, the club's all-time leader in nearly every category, who still is searching for an elusive first championship. "They showed that they appreciated what I did throughout my 15-year career here."

Speculation regarding Ewing's future began Monday night, when Rivers said he thought the future Hall of Famer would retire after the season. He repeated his beliefs before Tuesday's game.

"I could be completely wrong. I'm not basing it on any type of fact," said Rivers, a teammate of Ewing's in New York from 1992-95. "But my gut tells me that this could be his last game here in the Garden.

"From this point on, when he comes to New York, act like it's the last time, because it could be."

In his 17th season, Ewing, 39, has one year left on his contract. He would not say whether or not he would be back next season.

"It's too early to say," Ewing said after the game. "I'm not going to make that decision until the season is over."

That won't be for some time for the Magic (43-34), who are headed to the playoffs for the third time in the last four years. They swept the four-game season series, leaving Knicks coach Don Chaney thoroughly disgusted.

"Any questions?" Chaney asked. When none immediately came, he walked out of his postgame news conference.

Troy Hudson scored 29 points and Horace Grant added a season-high 22 and 10 rebounds for Orlando, which shot 56 percent (42-of-75) from the field and opened a two-game lead on Charlotte in the race for fourth place in the Eastern Conference and home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs.

The Magic made 12-of-26 3-pointers, including seven by Hudson.

"That's what I do," said Hudson, who scored 15 points in the second quarter, when the Magic took the lead for good. "I come off the bench and they expect me to be a scorer."

Ewing's days as a scorer are over. He came in averaging career lows of 5.9 points and 4.1 rebounds and his biggest impact on the Magic may be as a good luck charm. Orlando has won all four games he has started.

"I appreciated what he did by starting me," said Ewing, who added five rebounds in 19 minutes.

"I think it was the right thing to do," Rivers said.

Upon receiving a 30-second ovation when introduced, Ewing waved to the half-empty Garden crowd. He made his first two shots and sat down midway through the period, which ended with Orlando holding a 27-24 lead.

Hudson had three 3-pointers and Jaren Jackson two in the second period. The Magic extended their lead to 56-49 at halftime despite playing the final seven minutes without All-Star Tracy McGrady, who was taking a nap in the trainer's room before the game and scored just three points in the first half.

"That's a ritual for me," McGrady said. "My scoring wasn't needed in the first half."

Ewing played nearly all of the third quarter, adding two free throws. Grant scored six points and McGrady four in a 12-0 burst that widened the lead to 72-53 with 7:12 left. Now wide awake, McGrady scored 14 of his 17 points in the period.

Two more 3-pointers by Hudson gave the Magic their largest lead at 96-73 with 10:26 to play. The Knicks got no closer than nine points thereafter, and with the crowd chanting, "Pa-trick Ew-ing!," Ewing reluctantly returned with 54 seconds to go.

"I told (assistant coach) Paul Pressey with about three minutes left, `Tell Patrick he's going in,'" Rivers said. "Paul said something, and I said he was gonna go in, no matter what."

"I didn't want to go back in," Ewing said.

Pat Garrity scored 13 points for the Magic, who improved to 18-0 when shooting better than 50 percent.

Allan Houston scored 26 points and Kurt Thomas added 23 for the Knicks, who have lost eight of their last 11 games and were reduced to mere spectators in their own arena.

"Patrick is a guy who has brought so many great memories to this city and these fans, but at the same time, we're trying to play a game," Houston said. "It is awkward when they are cheering for him."

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