Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Highlight-Film Jam Gives O'neal the Nod in Duel with Mourning

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Highlight-Film Jam Gives O'neal the Nod in Duel with Mourning

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Shaquille O'Neal scored 34 points Thursday night, and his highlight-film jam over Alonzo Mourning during a 10-0 fourth-period run helped the Orlando Magic pull away to a 105-93 victory over the visiting Charlotte Hornets.

The victory was the 50th of the season for Orlando, tying a franchise record set a year ago, and also was the 100th of coach Brian Hill's career.

O'Neal made 13 of 21 shots and had 15 rebounds and five blocks in another big matchup with Mourning, who had 35 points, six rebounds and four blocks.

The Magic won the season series 3-1, with Mourning sitting out the only game the Hornets won.

Horace Grant added 23 points and 12 rebounds for Orlando, which also got 12 points and a career-high 16 assists from Anfernee Hardaway, playing with a dislocated finger.

Scott Burrell scored 22 points and Larry Johnson 17 for Charlotte, which weathered a six-minute scoring drought to trim Orlando's lead to 92-85. Mourning scored 11 of the team's first 13 points in the fourth quarter.

Dennis Scott made a 3-pointer to start Orlando's decisive 10-0 run and added another after O'Neal took off from the left of the foul line and soared above Mourning for a thunderous dunk and a 97-85 lead.

O'Neal entered the game averaging 37 points and 17 rebounds against the Hornets. In the first two games he played against Orlando this season, Mourning averaged 29.5 points and 10.5 rebounds.

Jazz 112, Rockets 104: Karl Malone scored 15 of his 30 points in the third quarter, preventing Utah from blowing an 18-point halftime lead and carrying the Jazz past Houston.

Utah, which leads the NBA in field goal percentage, took a 60-42 halftime lead by hitting 57 percent.

But the Rockets recovered by hitting 10 of their first 14 shots in the third period and cutting Utah's lead to 79-76 with 2:44 left in the quarter.

The Jazz took an 86-76 lead going into the fourth period and the Rockets could never overcome the deficit. …

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