Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Hawks Take Advantage of Shaq's Ejection

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Hawks Take Advantage of Shaq's Ejection

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Kevin Willis missed 13 of his first 15 shots, then scored twice in the final minute, including the winning basket with 4.4 seconds left, lifting Atlanta to a 92-90 victory over Orlando on Wednesday night.

Willis took advantage of the absence of Magic center Shaquille O'Neal, who would normally defend Willis. O'Neal was ejected with 3:52 left in the third quarter for arguing an official's call.

Willis, who finished with 15 points and 15 rebounds, gave Atlanta a 90-88 advantage with a short hook shot with 58 seconds left.

The Magic tied it with two free throws by Donald Royal with 21 seconds left before Willis scored on another hook making it 92-90. Dennis Scott's 3-point attempt to win the game at the buzzer bounced off the rim.

Atlanta, playing without Dominique Wilkins because of an ankle injury, was led by Mookie Blaylock with 18 points and Stacey Augmon with 16. Nick Anderson scored 31 points for Orlando, and O'Neal had 19 points and 13 rebounds before his ejection.

***** Kings 103, Bullets 97

LANDOVER, Md. - Sacramento, down by 16 points in the third quarter, held Washington to one basket in the first seven minutes of the final period and pulled out its victory.

Lionel Simmons scored 27 points and Walt Williams had six of his 14 in the final six minutes as the Kings won for only the second time in 13 road games and for the fourth time in 22 games overall. Two of those victories came against Washington.

Don MacLean had 25 points and Rex Chapman 21 for the Bullets, who have dropped eight of nine against the Kings. Washington made 34 free throws compared to 17 for Sacramento, but the Bullets simply couldn't score down the stretch.

Washington opened the third quarter with an 18-4 run to go up 66-50. MacLean had nine points in the surge, and the Kings missed 11 of 12 shots.

Down 71-55, Sacramento closed the period with a 17-5 run that made it 76-72. The Kings continued their charge in the fourth period and took the lead for the first time since the second quarter when LaBradford Smith's jumper made it 81-80 with 7:33 left. …

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