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Miracle Beats Fire 63-61

August 5, 2002

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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) _ Shannon Johnson scored 18 points as the Orlando Miracle beat the Portland Fire 63-61 Sunday night.

Jesse Hicks gave Orlando (14-14) a 62-61 lead with 24 seconds remaining when she made one of two free throws.

The Fire, who had 18 turnovers, never got a chance at a game-tying shot. With 10 seconds left, Sylvia Crawley attempted a cross-court pass that went awry, striking Tamicha Jackson on the arm before Johnson grabbed it.

Alisa Burras led Portland (16-13) with 16 points.

It was Portland’s first road loss in five games against Eastern Conference teams.

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