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Davis's Free Throw in OT Helps Bulls Edge Magic

Associated Press
Thursday, April 7, 2005; Page D05

Kirk Hinrich scored 25 points, Antonio Davis hit a go-ahead free throw with 1.4 seconds left in overtime and the Chicago Bulls beat the Magic, 102-101, last night in Orlando.

Tyson Chandler added 15 points and 22 rebounds for the Bulls, who had their nine-game winning streak snapped Tuesday night in Miami.

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After Ben Gordon missed a runner on Chicago's final possession, Davis rebounded and was fouled by Kelvin Cato on the put-back try. Davis, shooting 74 percent from the line this season, missed the first then made the second.

Davis finished with 11 points and 14 rebounds.

Orlando's bid for victory in its first overtime game of the season didn't come close, as Jameer Nelson's wild three-pointer missed everything.

Combined with Philadelphia's win over Charlotte, the Magic is 2 1/2 games out of the eighth and final playoff berth with seven games remaining.

"It may look bleak, but I've seen stranger things happen," Orlando Coach Chris Jent said.

Steve Francis had 28 points and 11 assists for the Magic, while Nelson added 18 points and eight rebounds.

Grant Hill sat out his third straight game with a sore left shin, which has bothered him since being kicked more than five weeks ago.

PACERS 98, CAVALIERS 77: Stephen Jackson scored 23 points and Reggie Miller had 17 to lead host Indiana to its fifth straight win.

The game was never close after the Pacers held the Cavaliers to 10 points in the second quarter. Cleveland, which has lost nine of 13, made just 3 of 22 shots in the quarter and 36 percent for the game.

LeBron James scored 20 points on 9-for-18 shooting. He made four of six shots in the second half, but missed all three of his three-pointers.

Cleveland was without center Zydrunas Ilgauskas, who dislocated his right ring finger in a loss to New Jersey on Tuesday night. He will be re-evaluated after the swelling subsides.

76ERS 106, BOBCATS 103: Allen Iverson scored 48 points and kept host Philadelphia in the playoff hunt.


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