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NBA CHICAGO 94 ORLANDO 103 FINAL


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CHICAGO (94) AT ORLANDO (103)

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

KUKOC F 39 6-15 4-7 2 2 4 7 2 0 0 17 LANG F 9 2-3 0-0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 4 SIMPKINS C 34 5-8 5-6 2 1 3 3 3 0 1 15 BROWN G 33 8-13 4-6 0 3 3 2 3 2 4 20 HARPER G 36 6-14 0-0 3 7 10 4 2 2 5 13 BARRY 29 2-5 0-0 2 2 4 2 1 2 1 4 C BENJAMIN 5 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 BOOTH 5 2-6 0-0 1 1 2 0 1 0 1 5 BRYANT 32 7-15 0-0 5 2 7 2 2 1 3 14 CARR 5 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 1 1 1 3 0 DAVID 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 WENNINGTON 11 0-3 2-2 0 2 2 1 3 0 0 2

TOTALS 240 38-83 15-21 17 21 38 22 18 8 18 94 (.458) (.714) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 18(24 PTS)

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

GRANT F 31 2-5 0-0 1 3 4 2 3 0 1 4 M HARPRING F 24 2-5 1-2 1 3 4 1 5 0 1 5 AUSTIN C 26 4-10 4-4 5 4 9 3 0 3 2 12 ANDERSON G 40 6-17 8-10 4 5 9 0 1 2 4 21 A HARDAWAY G 41 7-17 0-0 1 6 7 7 3 5 4 14 B ARMSTRONG 5 1-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 2 D ARMSTRONG 34 8-14 5-5 2 3 5 7 1 2 3 23 DOLEAC 22 5-5 0-0 0 3 3 0 2 0 0 10 STRONG 17 4-6 4-5 3 1 4 0 1 0 0 12 OUTLAW DNP - LEFT CALF CONTUSION SCHAYES DNP - COACH'S DECISION D WILKINS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 39-81 22-26 17 29 46 20 17 12 15 103 (.481) (.846) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 16(25 PTS)

CHICAGO 25 18 25 26 - 94 ORLANDO 23 34 18 28 - 103

BLOCKED SHOTS: CHICAGO - BRYANT 2, SIMPKINS. ORLANDO - AUSTIN 2, GRANT, ANDERSON, DOLEAC. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: CHICAGO 3-13 (.231), KUKOC 1-4, BROWN 0-1, HARPER 1-3, BARRY 0-3, BOOTH 1-2. ORLANDO 3-14 (.214), M HARPRING 0-1, ANDERSON 1-7, A HARDAWAY 0-2, D ARMSTRONG 2-4. TECHNICALS: CHICAGO - HEAD COACH FLOYD, HARPER, ORLANDO - A HARDAWAY. OFFICIALS: BERNIE FRYER, KEVIN FEHR, JOE DEROSA. A - 15,823. T - 2:05.


Box Score

CHICAGO (94) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Kukoc 39 6-15 4-7 2-4 7 2 17 Lang 9 2-3 0-0 1-2 0 0 4 Simpkins 34 5-8 5-6 2-3 3 3 15 Brown 33 8-13 4-6 0-3 2 3 20 Harper 36 6-14 0-0 3-10 4 2 13 Barry 29 2-5 0-0 2-4 2 1 4 C Benjamin 5 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Booth 5 2-6 0-0 1-2 0 1 5 Bryant 32 7-15 0-0 5-7 2 2 14 Carr 5 0-0 0-0 1-1 1 1 0 David 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Wennington 11 0-3 2-2 0-2 1 3 2 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-83 15-21 17-38 22 18 94 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.458, FT-.714. 3-Point Goals: 3-13, .231 (Kukoc 1-4, Brown 0-1, Harper 1-3, Barry 0-3, Booth 1-2). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 3 (Bryant 2, Simpkins). Turnovers: 18 (Harper 5, Brown 4, Bryant 3, Carr 3, Barry, Booth, Simpkins). Steals: 8 (Barry 2, Brown 2, Harper 2, Bryant, Carr).

ORLANDO (103) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Grant 31 2-5 0-0 1-4 2 3 4 M Harpring 24 2-5 1-2 1-4 1 5 5 Austin 26 4-10 4-4 5-9 3 0 12 Anderson 40 6-17 8-10 4-9 0 1 21 A Hardaway 41 7-17 0-0 1-7 7 3 14 B Armstrong 5 1-2 0-0 0-1 0 1 2 D Armstrong 34 8-14 5-5 2-5 7 1 23 Doleac 22 5-5 0-0 0-3 0 2 10 Strong 17 4-6 4-5 3-4 0 1 12 Outlaw DNP - left calf contusion Schayes DNP - coach's decision D Wilkins DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-81 22-26 17-46 20 17 103 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.481, FT-.846. 3-Point Goals: 3-14, .214 (M Harpring 0-1, Anderson 1-7, A Hardaway 0-2, D Armstrong 2-4). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 5 (Austin 2, Grant, Anderson, Doleac). Turnovers: 16 (A Hardaway 4, Anderson 4, D Armstrong 3, Austin 2, Grant, M Harpring). Steals: 12 (A Hardaway 5, Austin 3, Anderson 2, D Armstrong 2). ____________________________________________ Chicago 25 18 25 26 - 94 Orlando 23 34 18 28 - 103 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Chicago 2 (Head Coach Floyd, 0:11 3rd; Harper, 7:46 4th). Orlando 1 (A Hardaway, 7:46 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 15,823. T: 2:05. Officials: Bernie Fryer, Kevin Fehr, Joe Derosa.


Game Story

ORLANDO, Florida (Ticker) -- Darrell Armstrong had another big game off the bench, but it was the mainstays of the Orlando Magic who came through down the stretch.

Armstrong scored a season-high 23 points, including a 3-pointer that triggered the decisive 14-1 run in the final minutes, before Nick Anderson and Penny Hardaway helped seal the deal as the Magic edged the Chicago Bulls, 103-94.

Orlando trailed 88-87 with less than four minutes to go when Armstrong took a feed from former Bull Horace Grant and hit from behind the arc to put the Magic ahead for good. Armstrong, whose steal and layup at the buzzer gave Orlando a 74-73 victory over Philadelphia on Monday, scored seven points in the fourth quarter and finished with seven assists.

Anderson missed his previous six attempts from long range before following Armstrong with a 3-pointer of his own, making it 93-88 with 3:13 remaining.

"Once I let it go, it felt real good," Armstrong said of his 3-pointer. "Then Nick hit the 3. That hurt their momentum because they worked so hard to get back in the game. That cut off their morale."

The margin was 95-89 just over a minute later when a steal by Hardaway set up Anderson for an easy attempt inside. He missed the layup to give the Bulls possession, but Hardaway stripped Ron Harper and hit a lay-in.

"We just started fast-breaking, pushing the ball and getting easy buckets," Hardaway said. "They don't have a lot of speed, particularly with Harper and (Toni) Kukoc on the floor."

Hardaway rebounded a miss by Kukoc, which led to Anderson's bank shot. Anderson capped the burst with a follow shot, opening a 101-89 cushion with 42 seconds left.

Anderson scored nine of his 21 points in the fourth quarter and grabbed nine rebounds. Hardaway had 14 points, seven assists, seven boards and five steals as Orlando improved to 12-1 at home.

"We got back out to running and got some easy baskets to build the lead up again," Anderson said. "We were due to get out and run. Our legs felt good, you could see it -- everybody was getting out and running."

"Every team makes a run, regardless if it's the Clippers or Chicago or New York or whoever," Grant said. "We just had to keep our poise, which we did. Penny and Nick came up with some big baskets for us."

Randy Brown scored a season-high 20 points for the Bulls, who have dropped six of their last eight games.

"We wanted to contain Darrell Armstrong, that's for sure," Brown said. "We knew he'd come in and give them a big boost off the bench. Their guard rotation and the way they rotate is really potent. They can go big, they can go small and they could have gone with Darrell Armstrong the whole game the way he played tonight."

Armstrong scored 11 points in the second quarter, when Orlando appeared to take control. With the Bulls trailing 36-35, he buried a 17-footer to spark a 16-3 run. Armstrong had a dunk and assisted Hardaway on a layup during the burst, during which Derek Strong scored five of his 12 points.

Orlando took its largest lead, 59-43, on a jumper by Isaac Austin in the opening stages of the third quarter. But Brown scored seven points in the period, helping Chicago pull within 75-68.

The Bulls scored the first eight points of the fourth, including six by Mark Bryant, to claim the lead for the first time since the start of the second quarter. But they were unable to complete the comeback, falling to 6-16 on the season -- second-worst in the Eastern Conference.

Orlando has won three in a row, during which Armstrong has averaged 17.7 points, 6.3 assists and 4.7 rebounds. He also has scored 114 points in the fourth quarter this season to lead the Magic.

"Right now, I'm playing well with Penny and playing well with Nick," Armstrong added. "If I can run the point, then Penny can go to the off-guard and shoot. You got a scorer with Nick and a scorer with Penny; this team can be really deadly."

Austin contributed 12 points and nine rebounds, helping Orlando to a 46-38 edge on the glass.

Kukoc scored 17 points, Dickey Simpkins added 15, Bryant 14 and Harper had 13 and 10 rebounds for the Bulls, who gave up 100 points for only the fourth time this season.

"We are getting better each game," Kukoc said. "Our problem is how to finish the game. We are playing hard, but at the end, we come up short every time."

The Bulls will be a bit shorter on the bench for the next few games, losing center Andrew Lang to a strained medial collateral ligament. He is expected to miss seven to 10 days.

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