Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

O"neal Dominates Bradley as Magic Rolls over 76ers

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

O"neal Dominates Bradley as Magic Rolls over 76ers

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Shaquille O'Neal played like an All-Star again, while Shawn Bradley looked like an overmatched rookie.

O'Neal dominated the first meeting between the young National Basketball Association centers Saturday night, outscoring the Philadelphia 76ers' first-round draft pick 36-7 to lead the Orlando Magic to a 114-89 victory.

O'Neal, showing more offensive range than when he averaged 23.4 points a game last season, made 16 of 22 shots in just 33 minutes. He had 42 points in 31 minutes in Friday night's season-opening triumph at Miami.

O'Neal went to the bench with Orlando leading by 11 late in the third quarter, and his teammates built the advantage to 100-78 by the time he returned eight minutes later.

O'Neal played a little more than three minutes of the final period and finished with seven rebounds and five blocks, two of them on jump shots by Bradley.

Although the dunk is still O'Neal's best offensive weapon, he put the ball on the floor twice to beat Bradley to the basket. He also made a 16-foot jumper over the 7-foot-6 rookie and a turnaround jumper over Moses Malone.

Jeff Hornacek led the 76ers with 20 points.

Bradley, two for from the field with six points in the 76ers' opener, was two for 11 against the Magic. He had four rebounds and blocked two shots.

***** Pistons 113, Pacers 107

INDIANAPOLIS - Joe Dumars, who scored 27 points, hit 10 successive free throws in the final five minutes to preserve Detroit's victory over Indiana.

Reggie Miller, who led all scorers with 31 points, gave the Pacers their only fourth-quarter lead at 99-98 on a 3-pointer with 4:18 to go. But David Wood answered with a 3-pointer, giving the Pistons the lead for good.

***** Jazz 105, Timberwolves 95

MINNEAPOLIS - Karl Malone scored 32 points, grabbed 15 rebounds, made eight assists and three steals and blocked three shots, leading Utah past Minnesota. …

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