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Magic Upend Cavs 96-86

Darrell Armstrong did it all for the Orlando Magic.

Armstrong had 25 points, seven assists, six rebounds and three steals as the Magic beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 96-86 Thursday night.

"He is a tempo changer," Cleveland's Cedric Henderson said. "When he gets in, it is a much quicker team. He makes everybody else run. We knew that coming into the game and he just did his job."

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  • After entering the game with about four minutes left in the first quarter, Armstrong quickly got four points and two steals to spark the Magic.

    "Darrell comes in the game and you feel the electricity come with him," said teammate Horace Grant, who finished with 16 points and 13 rebounds. "He's amazing. He just comes up and touches you or goes by you and you feel the electricity shock you."

    Armstrong, who scored 28 points against Charlotte on Tuesday, made a basket with 4:29 left to give Orlando an 85-73 lead. Danny Ferry scored seven of Cleveland's next nine points to help the Cavs pull within 88-82 with 1:52 remaining, but the Magic closed the game with an 8-4 run.

    "I think a lot of teams know we kind of pick it up another level when I come into the game," Armstrong said. "They see it's like an energize thing when I push it up."

    Penny Hardaway scored 14 points, Nick Anderson had 12 and Matt Harpring added 12 for the Magic. However, Anderson continued his shooting slump, going 5-for-18 from the field. He is shooting only 24 percent over his last six games.

    Shawn Kemp led Cleveland with 22 points and 16 rebounds. He was 6-of-21 from the field but made 10 of 13 free throws. Brevin Knight added 15 points for the Cavs.

    Cleveland began the third quarter with an 11-4 run and led 58-53 with 6:37 remaining. But Orlando answered with a 19-8 run to take a 72-66 lead into the fourth quarter.

    The Cavs led 40-32 in the second period before Orlando went on a 17-7 run to take a 49-47 halftim lead. Anderson scored seven points during that stretch, although he was 4-of-14 from the field in the first half.


    • Magic forward Bo Outlaw (fractured leg) missed his seventh straight game. The Orlando-Philadelphia game on April 25 will be shown on NBC. The start time has been changed to 5:30 p.m. EST.

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