Magic 94, Heat 87
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) _ Darrell Armstrong’s colossal fourth quarter _ keyed by a four-point play with 6:05 remaining _ sparked Orlando as the Magic overcame a 24-point, 15-rebound effort by Alonzo Mourning to defeat the Miami Heat 94-87 Sunday.
Armstrong’s 3-pointer and ensuing free throw put Orlando ahead 78-75, and the Magic never trailed thereafter. Armstrong scored 19 of his 25 points in the final period, making all nine of his free throws.
Miami got 23 points from P.J. Brown and 21 from Tim Hardaway, but the Heat struggled from 3-point range, missing all but one of 13 shots.
Miami cut Orlando’s lead to 88-85 with 1:25 remaining. Orlando’s Horace Grant was called for traveling, giving Miami possession at the 1:05 mark. But Orlando’s Isaac Austin blocked a dunk attempt by Mourning with 48 seconds remaining, and the Magic finished on a 6-2 run for the final margin.
Miami led 47-43 at halftime as Mourning scored 15 points. Miami had a 45-38 lead with 3:51 remaining in the first half. Orlando had a chance to close Miami’s lead but struggled at the line, making only six of 15 attempts. Orlando finished the game making 23-of-36 free throws.
Orlando committed six turnovers in the first 3:12 of the third quarter, helping Miami take a 55-46 lead. Matt Harpring’s 3-pointer cut Miami’s lead to 61-57 with 4:12 remaining in the third quarter.
Nick Anderson made one of two free throws to tie the game, 65-65, but Hardaway’s basket gave Miami a 67-65 lead after three quarters. NOTES: Miami forward Keith Askins landed on his head in the first quarter and did not return to the game. He does not have a concussion. ... Miami’s P.J. Brown needed two stitches to close a cut to his mouth. He played 38 minutes. ... Mourning had a season-high six assists. ... Armstrong entered the game scoring 142 points in the final 12 minutes of play, for a team-high average of 4.9 points in the fourth quarter.