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NBA   FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH   TOTAL
                       ---  ---  ---  ---   -----
      ORLANDO          20   35   21   27    103  
      WASHINGTON       21   24   27   25    97      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   ORL - STEVE FRANCIS 32, GRANT HILL 27, DOUG 
                      CHRISTIE 16
                WAS - GILBERT ARENAS 37, ANTAWN JAMISON 18, 
                      JUAN DIXON 14

HIGH REBOUND:   ORL - TONY BATTIE 11, DWIGHT HOWARD 10, STEVE 
                      FRANCIS 9
                WAS - JARED JEFFRIES 9, ETAN THOMAS 8, GILBERT
                      ARENAS 8

HIGH ASSISTS:   ORL - STEVE FRANCIS 7, DOUG CHRISTIE 4, 
                      HIDAYET TURKOGLU 3
                WAS - GILBERT ARENAS 6, JARED JEFFRIES 3, 
                      THREE PLAYERS WITH 2

         ATT:   20,173

Box Score

ORLANDO (103) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp G Hill 37 10-16 7-10 2-6 0 2 27 D Howard 39 3-7 7-9 2-10 0 3 13 T Battie 42 2-4 0-0 2-11 1 5 4 D Christie 38 5-12 6-6 1-6 4 3 16 S Francis 43 13-26 4-5 4-9 7 4 32 H Turkoglu 21 4-9 0-0 1-2 3 2 9 A DeClercq 6 1-2 0-1 0-0 0 4 2 P Garrity 9 0-3 0-0 0-4 1 2 0 J Nelson 5 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 4 0 S Augmon DNP - COACH'S DECISION K Cato DNP - SINUS INFECTION D Stevenson DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-79 24-31 12-48 17 29 103 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.481, FT-.774. 3-Point Goals: 3-11, .273 (D Christie 0-1, S Francis 2-4, H Turkoglu 1-3, P Garrity 0-3). Team Rebounds: 5. Blocked Shots:5 (D Christie 2, D Howard 2, T Battie). Turnovers:16 (S Francis 6, D Christie 2, G Hill 2, A DeClercq, J Nelson, D Howard, H Turkoglu, T Battie, P Garrity). Steals: 8 (D Howard 3, D Christie 2, G Hill, T Battie, S Francis). WASHINGTON (97) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp A Jamison 43 6-21 5-8 1-4 2 2 18 J Jeffries 24 2-4 2-4 5-9 3 5 6 B Haywood 23 1-4 1-4 2-5 1 3 3 J Hayes 31 4-12 2-2 0-5 2 2 11 G Arenas 48 10-22 13-13 0-8 6 4 37 E Thomas 24 2-6 2-7 5-8 2 3 6 J Dixon 25 4-10 6-7 2-3 1 3 14 A Peeler 17 1-3 0-0 0-0 1 2 2 M Ruffin 5 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 S Walker DNP - COACH'S DECISION L Profit DNP - COACH'S DECISION S Blake DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-82 31-45 15-42 19 24 97 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.366, FT-.689. 3-Point Goals: 6-17, .353 (A Jamison 1-4, J Hayes 1-3, G Arenas 4-8, J Dixon 0-1, A Peeler 0-1). Team Rebounds: 19. Blocked Shots:1 (E Thomas). Turnovers:12 (J Jeffries 4, A Jamison 2, B Haywood 2, J Dixon 2, G Arenas, J Hayes). Steals: 11 (G Arenas 3, J Dixon 3, A Jamison 2, E Thomas, B Haywood, J Hayes). -------------------------------------------- ORLANDO 20 35 21 27 - 103 WASHINGTON 21 24 27 25 - 97 -------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Orlando - 1 (Defensive Three, 2:56 1st). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 20,173. T: 2:28. Officials: Bill Spooner, Joe Derosa, Phil Robinson.


Extended Box

ORLANDO (103) AT WASHINGTON (97) ORLANDO REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === G HILL F 37 10-16 7-10 2 4 6 0 2 1 2 27 D HOWARD F 39 3-7 7-9 2 8 10 0 3 3 1 13 T BATTIE C 42 2-4 0-0 2 9 11 1 5 1 1 4 D CHRISTIE G 38 5-12 6-6 1 5 6 4 3 2 2 16 S FRANCIS G 43 13-26 4-5 4 5 9 7 4 1 6 32 H TURKOGLU 21 4-9 0-0 1 1 2 3 2 0 1 9 A DECLERCQ 6 1-2 0-1 0 0 0 0 4 0 1 2 P GARRITY 9 0-3 0-0 0 4 4 1 2 0 1 0 J NELSON 5 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 4 0 1 0 S AUGMON DNP - COACH'S DECISION K CATO DNP - SINUS INFECTION D STEVENSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 38-79 24-31 12 36 48 17 29 8 16 103 (.481) (.774) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 16 (17 PTS) WASHINGTON REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === A JAMISON F 43 6-21 5-8 1 3 4 2 2 2 2 18 J JEFFRIES F 24 2-4 2-4 5 4 9 3 5 0 4 6 B HAYWOOD C 23 1-4 1-4 2 3 5 1 3 1 2 3 J HAYES G 31 4-12 2-2 0 5 5 2 2 1 1 11 G ARENAS G 48 10-22 13-13 0 8 8 6 4 3 1 37 E THOMAS 24 2-6 2-7 5 3 8 2 3 1 0 6 J DIXON 25 4-10 6-7 2 1 3 1 3 3 2 14 A PEELER 17 1-3 0-0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 2 M RUFFIN 5 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 S WALKER DNP - COACH'S DECISION L PROFIT DNP - COACH'S DECISION S BLAKE DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 30-82 31-45 15 27 42 19 24 11 12 97 (.366) (.689) TEAM REBS: 19 TOTAL TO: 14 (14 PTS) ORLANDO 20 35 21 27 - 103 WASHINGTON 21 24 27 25 - 97 BLOCKED SHOTS: ORLANDO - D CHRISTIE 2, D HOWARD 2, T BATTIE. WASHINGTON - E THOMAS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: ORLANDO 3-11 (.273), D CHRISTIE 0-1, S FRANCIS 2- 4, H TURKOGLU 1-3, P GARRITY 0-3. WASHINGTON 6-17 (.353), A JAMISON 1- 4, J HAYES 1-3, G ARENAS 4-8, J DIXON 0-1, A PEELER 0-1. TECHNICAL FOULS: ORLANDO - DEFENSIVE THREE. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: BILL SPOONER, JOE DEROSA, PHIL ROBINSON. A - 20,173. T - 2:28.


Game Story

WASHINGTON (Ticker) -- Orlando Magic stars Steve Francis and Grant Hill came home and closed out the back end of a home-and-home series. Francis scored 32 points and Hill added 27 as the Magic edged the Washington Wizards, 103-97, completing a sweep of the weekend series and closing the gap in the Southeast Division. Francis, a native of Takoma Park, Maryland, had nine points in the fourth quarter, including a 14-foot turnaround jumper off a spinning dribble that snapped a 97-97 tie with 24 seconds to play. "I was just looking for an opportunity to get a shot," Francis said. "What shot it was going to be, I didn't know, but I didn't want to lose the opportunity to get a shot in that situation." Coming off Friday's poor performance in which he made just 1-of-12 shots and scored 10 points, Francis was 13-of-26 from the floor and added nine points and seven rebounds. "I think it's more a bigger game for our team because this is one of the toughest teams in the East this year and we're right there trying to chase them and be where they are," Francis said. "We did a good job of maintaining our composure in certain situations and we came out with a victory against a tough team." "He is good down the stretch," Magic coach Johnny Davis said. "He is fearless. When the game is on the line, he wants the ball in his hands more often than not. He did it for us again tonight." Hill, a native of nearby Reston, Virginia, made 10-of-16 shots, including a couple of high-flying hoops that recalled his play before his ankle injury. "Yeah, every time I play it means a lot," Hill said. "It's always fun to come here and play in front of the family and friends and play against the team I used to follow before when I was a little kid." Playing in front of father, former NFL running back Calvin Hill, Grant Hill scored nine points in the final six minutes, preventing the Wizards from staging another of their late comebacks. "I was just trying to be aggressive, trying to draw fouls and get to the line and make some plays," Hill said. "Coach talked to us yesterday about being aggressive and attacking and that's what we wanted to do tonight. We were fortunate to do it tonight and last night, just attack, get to the line, play our game and dictate the tempo - and ultimately down the stretch to close out games." There were six lead changes in the last 2 1/2 minutes. Washington's last lead was at 97-96 with 1:06 to go on a pair of free throws by Juan Dixon, who scored 14 points. Hill tied it with a foul shot 10 seconds later. After Antawn Jamison missed a runner, Francis gave the Magic the lead for good. "We had opportunities but they really took it to us," Wizards coach Eddie Jordan said. "It was a very well-contested game, but they made the big plays when they had to and we didn't; no excuses." Washington had a chance to tie when center Brendan Haywood was fouled with 18 seconds to play. His first free throw was an airball and the second clanged off the back rim, completed the Wizards' 31-of-45 showing at the line. "The first one slipped," Haywood said. "And on the second one, I wanted to hit it too bad and I missed because of it. I wish I hit them. This is the second game in a row that free throws cost us." Doug Christie made four free throws around a turnover to seal the win for the Magic (24-19), who beat the Wizards (26-17) at home on Friday and moved within two games of second place in the Southeast. "Everybody stepped up," Hill said. "Doug hit some big free throws. Steve hit a clutch shot at the free-throw line. We just did a good job tonight of closing out the game." Washington's Gilbert Arenas played all 48 minutes and scored 37 points, his fifth straight 30-point game. "Gilbert has been playing at the highest level that any guard in the league is playing," Jordan said. "He is our leader." Arenas said nights like this were bound to come. Davis was glad his team capitalized. "There have been games when everything went our way down the stretch," he said. "In the last two games that didn't happen. Over the course of an 82-game schedule that's going to happen." "We are very fortunate to come out of this with two wins," Davis said. "They just keep at you, they are relentless. We had some timely rebounds and that was the story. Both games could have gone either way."


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