Final

Regular Season Series (Game 3 of 3)

Series starts 11/30

Game 1: Saturday, November 30th
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Magic117
Game 2: Sunday, February 2nd
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Hawks97
Game 3: Monday, April 14th
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Magic 84

(42-39, 16-24 away)

Hawks 100

(35-46, 26-15 home)

    Coverage: FSS

    7:30 PM ET, April 14, 2003

    Philips Arena, Atlanta, GA

    1 2 3 4 T
    ORL 20 23 16 2584
    ATL 25 21 28 26100

    Top Performers

    Orlando: T. McGrady 22 Pts, 6 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 Blk

    Atlanta: J. Terry 23 Pts, 1 Reb, 7 Ast, 2 Stl

    Hawks win season-high fourth straight

    ATLANTA (AP) -- If this was Jason Terry's Atlanta farewell, he went out in style.

    Terry scored 23 points and the Hawks extended their winning streak to a season-high four games by defeating the playoff-bound Orlando Magic 100-84 Monday night.

    Ira Newble also scored 23 points, setting a career high for the second game in a row.

    The Hawks, who will miss the playoffs for the fourth straight year, played their final game at Philips Arena this season.

    Terry is in the last year of his contract. He didn't let the uncertainty affect his performance, shooting 9-of-11 from the field with a couple of 3-pointers. He also had seven assists and two steals.

    "I was really into the game,'' said Terry, who was cheered on his by his mother and brothers. "I prepared for this one like it would be my last game. I wanted to leave it all on the court.''

    Terry wants to return to the Hawks, but the team is poised for a major shakeup. The franchise is for sale, general manager Pete Babcock already has been fired and it's not known if coach Terry Stotts will return, either.

    The Hawks have finished strong, winning six of seven as they head into their final game at New Orleans.

    "We moved the ball extremely well and got everybody involved,'' Terry said. "The last couple of weeks have been a great run for us. The guys have really been focused. It's been fun.''

    Tracy McGrady led the Magic with 22 points, even though he didn't play at all in the final period. The loss ensured that Orlando will be the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs.

    "We wanted to win the game,'' McGrady said, "but we wanted to keep everybody healthy for the playoffs.''

    Darrell Armstrong missed all eight of his shots, making him 1-of-16 over the last two games. Drew Gooden, coming back from a toe injury, was the only other Orlando player in double figures with 15 points.

    "I didn't think we were playing well,'' coach Doc Rivers said. "When I saw that, I decided to let (McGrady) rest.''

    Newble, getting more chances to score with Glenn Robinson out, was coming off a 21-point game at Washington in which he scored the winning basket.

    This time, the defensive specialist did even better, setting his career mark on a couple of free throws with 1:51 remaining.

    "Obviously, Ira has been playing well,'' Stotts said. "But I think the whole starting group has really been meshing well. The ball movement is good and Ira's been penetrating.''

    The Hawks pulled away in the final five minutes of the third quarter.

    After Gordon Giricek's basket drew the Magic to 59-55, Atlanta closed the period with a 13-4 spurt. Terry led the way with a steal and five points, hitting a 3-pointer that gave the Hawks a 72-59 lead going to the final period.

    The Magic never got closer than 11 the rest of the way, snapping its three-game winning streak.

    Dan Dickau hit three 3-pointers and scored 11 points in the final period after going scoreless over the first three.

    Theo Ratliff had six blocks, ensuring that he'll beat out Detroit's Ben Wallace for the NBA's shot-blocking crown.

    Game notes


    The 23-year-old McGrady will be the youngest player to average 30 points a game since the NBA-ABA merger in 1976. ... The Hawks signed C Mikki Moore for the rest of the season. He initially signed a 10-day contract with Atlanta on March 24. ... Gooden had missed the last three games with a sprained right big toe. ... Terry's two 3-pointers moved him past Dominique Wilkins into sole possession of second place on the Hawks' career list. Terry has 502 3-pointers in his career but remains far behind the top player on the list: Mookie Blaylock with 1,050. ... Robinson is out for the rest of the season because of an inflamed left Achilles. The Hawks improved to 9-3 when he doesn't play. ... Orlando C Andrew DeClercq missed a dunk in the first quarter.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    ORL
    ATL
    Points 84 100
    FGM-FGA 27-86 (.314) 36-73 (.493)
    3PM-3PA 7-22 (.318) 6-12 (.500)
    FTM-FTA 23-32 (.719) 22-26 (.846)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 13-42 7-40
    Assists 12 26
    Turnovers 13 15
    Steals 8 6
    Blocks 5 10
    Fast Break Points 3 12
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 19 (1/0) 24 (1/0)

    Top Performers

    Orlando
    Atlanta
    Tracy McGrady McGrady
    Points: 22
    Reb: 6
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 1
    Jason Terry Terry
    Points: 23
    Reb: 1
    Ast: 7
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0