Magic 91, Cavaliers 89, OT
Mar. 07, 1998
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) _ Derek Harper sank a 22-foot jumper with 14 seconds left in overtime to give the Orlando Magic a 91-89 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday night.
Nick Anderson, who banked in a 3-pointer to send the game to overtime, led Orlando with 25 points. Bo Outlaw added 22 points, five blocked shots, eight rebounds and six assists.
Cleveland got 20 points from rookie Derek Anderson, playing only his second game after missing 15 games with a sprained knee. Shawn Kemp had 19 for the Cavs and rookie Zydrunas Ilgauskas added 14 points and 10 rebounds.
Anderson forced overtime when he banked in an off-balance 3-pointer with 3.5 seconds left in regulation.
Derek Strong made a driving layup as the shot clock expired to put Orlando up 89-87 with 44 seconds left in overtime, but Cleveland countered with a layup from rookie Brevin Knight to tie the score with 32 seconds remaining.
After Harper's jumper gave Orlando a 91-89 lead, Cleveland had a final chance to win it but Wesley Person's 3-pointer at the buzzer fell short.
The Magic committed eight turnovers in the fourth period, including three in the final 1:30 of regulation, and Cleveland's Cedric Henderson converted two of those into layups to make it 80-79.
After Horace Grant missed two free throws for Orlando, Kemp gave the Cavs an 81-80 lead by sinking two free throws with 23.5 seconds left. Anderson added two more from the line with 10 seconds to play for an 83-80 lead before Anderson's 3-pointer sent the game into overtime.
Notes: Orlando's Kevin Ollie, signed to a 10-day contract, had eight points in his second game with the Magic. ... Cleveland has lost four straight road games. ... Magic guard Mark Price, out since Feb. 20 with a torn ligament in his thumb, had the cast removed Friday and participated in pregame shooting drills. ... The Magic have outrebounded eight straight opponents.