Friday, April 05, 2002
McGrady, Magic rally past Cavs
Miller's shot, Pacers fall short at Atlanta
The Associated Press
ORLANDO, Fla. Darrell Armstrong scored 11 of his 18 points in the final six minutes and Tracy McGrady had 35 points and 14 rebounds Thursday night as the Orlando Magic rallied to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 105-101.
Orlando Magic guard Tracy McGrady, right, puts up a shot over Cleveland Cavaliers guard Ricky Davis.
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Pat Garrity added 14 points and a career-high 11 rebounds for Orlando, which cut its magic number for clinching a playoff berth to four.
The Magic trailed by 10 points with 6:01 remaining but closed the game on a 21-7 run. Armstrong, who also had 10 assists, hit three 3-pointers and a pair of free throws in the comeback.
Orlando (41-33) has won four of five games and improved to a season-high eight games over .500.
Hawks 95, Pacers 94
ATLANTA Reggie Miller missed a fadeaway 3-pointer at the buzzer as the Atlanta Hawks beat Indiana, sending the Pacers to their fifth loss in six games.
Indiana, which never led, fell into a tie with Toronto for the eighth and final Eastern Conference playoff spot. The Raptors, 2-0 against Indiana this season, play the Pacers on Sunday at Toronto and again Wednesday in Indianapolis.
Nazr Mohammed scored 18 points to lead the Hawks, who avoided being swept by Indiana for the first time since 1976-77, the Pacers' first NBA season.
Spurs 102, Rockets 78
HOUSTON Tim Duncan had 22 points and 11 rebounds for his NBA-leading 61st double-double of the season as the San Antonio Spurs swept the four-game season series.
David Robinson added 15 points and three blocked shots for the Spurs.
Nuggets 88, T'wolves 87
DENVER Voshon Lenard scored 15 points and hit a leaner with 11.2 seconds left as Denver ended Minnesota's four-game winning streak.
Minnesota took an 87-83 lead after Anthony Peeler hit a pair of 3-pointers from the corner. Denver's George McCloud followed with three free throws with 34 seconds left after he was fouled on a 3-point attempt.
Minnesota's Chauncey Billups then was called for a backcourt violation after losing the ball, setting up Lenard's shot along the baseline. Peeler had a shot for the win but was long from the corner.
Mavericks 115, Clippers 90
DALLAS Dirk Nowitzki scored 25 points, including a 3-pointer that started a 15-2 fourth-quarter spurt as Dallas routed the Los Angeles Clippers.
The Mavericks started slowly, then took their first lead just before halftime on a scooping layup by Steve Nash. They led for all but 13 seconds the rest of the way, with Nowitzki scoring 11 points in the game-breaking third quarter when Dallas hit 65 percent of its shots.
The Clippers began to claw back at the start of the fourth quarter, but the Mavericks doused the threat with a combination of layups and 3-pointers against a listless Los Angeles defense.
Trail Blazers 88, Knicks 80
PORTLAND, Ore. Rasheed Wallace scored 25 points and Dale Davis had a season-high 18 rebounds as the Portland Trail Blazers officially eliminated the New York Knicks from playoff contention. The Knicks (28-46) will miss the playoffs for the first time since the 1986-87 season, when the team finished 24-58.
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