Orlando, Day 2: Morrison heats up in second game

Courtesy of OrlandoMagic.com:

D'or Fischer's tip-in of an Adam Morrison miss with 0.1 seconds left lifted the Charlotte Bobcats past the Chicago Bulls, 88-87, in the second day of the 2006 Pepsi Pro Summer League on Tuesday in Orlando.

Morrison, the third overall pick in the 2006 draft, led all scorers with 29 points, shooting 8-for-17 (47.1 percent) from the field and 2-3 from behind the arc. Sean May and Alan Anderson both chipped in 15.

Heading into the second quarter, the Bobcats held a 25-14 lead, led by Morrison's 15 points. Morrison seemed to find his touch following a shaky debut in Monday night's game, hitting on five of seven shots in the period. Starting the second period the Bobcats continued to surge ahead, ending the half with Morrison draining a three and pushing the Bobcats lead to 13, 49-36.

Thabo Sefolosha, Tyrus Thomas and the Bulls came out ready to play in the second half, going on an 8-0 run and cutting the lead to five. And it didn't stop there. Led by Eddie Basden's 10 third-quarter points, the Bulls surged ahead, 56-55 with 3:27 left in the third. But it didn't stay that way for long, as Brett Blizzard hit a three with 1:45 left to put the Bobcats back on top, finishing the third on a 7-2 run to put them up 67-62.

The Bobcats maintained a lead for most of the fourth, but a focused Bulls team was quietly chipping away. Aaron Miles cut the Bobcats' lead to one, 85-86 on a layup with 28.8 left. On the ensuing possession, the Bobcats inbounded to Morrison who threw out of a double team, but they were unable to convert, resulting in a Chicago timeout with eight seconds remaining. Sefolosha then hit a 15-footer from the baseline to put Chicago back on top, 87-86, with 3.1 seconds on the clock.

Charlotte got the shot it wanted as Morrison got free for a floater in the lane. It was off the mark, but Fischer tipped it in for the victory.

-- Amanda Norvell

Gortat's tip leads Magic over Pacers

Rebounding from an opening-game loss Monday, the Orlando Magic evened their record at 1-1 on this summer season with an 80-79 victory over the Indiana Pacers.

With 50 seconds remaining and the Magic leading 78-76, the Pacers inbounded the ball, passed the ball around the perimeter and dished to an open Boo Davis who hit a three with 40 seconds left. On the Magic's next trip down the floor, Darvin Ham then put up an eight-foot jumper which rattled out, but Marcin Gortat's tip-in put the Magic back up by one, 80-79, with 24 seconds left.

In what appeared to be an instant replay, Indiana passed the ball around the perimeter, found an open Davis on the wing yet again, except this time his 3-point field goal failed to catch the rim and went out of bounds with 0.3 seconds left, sealing the victory for the Magic.

Indiana was led by four players in double figures, Danny Granger leading the way with 23, but got little contributions other than Granger, James White (16), Davis (13), and Damone Brown (12).

Travis Diener finished the game pacing the Magic with 20 points, seven of which came in the third. Gortat also provided big minutes, grabbing eight boards to go with 15 points. James Augustine's 10 boards helped the Magic dominate the rebounding category all game, as the contest finished with Orlando holding a 35-16 advantage on the glass.

-- Jason Wallace

Barron's 33 scorches the Nets
Earl Barron and the Miami Heat reversed their fortunes from their first game here, downing the New Jersey Nets 91-85. Barron, who had an 18-point performance in the Heat's first game, an 83-65 loss to the Bobcats, scored 33 points and had 15 rebounds, and the Heat thwarted a late comeback attempt from the Nets.

New Jersey was down nine, 73-64, heading into the fourth, but the Nets capped a 12-2 charge with a 3-pointer from Marcus Williams with 1:10 remaining in the game, bringing them within two, 85-83. But Barron answered for Miami, hitting two free throws and a 13-foot jumper to put the Heat back on top by six, 89-83. The Heat hit 4-of-6 from the line in the game's last minute to preserve the victory.

Barron also led all scorers in the first half with 18, knocking in 12 points and grabbing four boards in the second quarter to put the Heat on top at the half, 50-44. Miami outscored New Jersey 27-16 in the period after being down by as many as eight early in the game.

Josh Boone had a good first half as well, pacing the Nets with 15 of his 16 points in the first 20 minutes on 7-of-9 shooting. Former UConn teammate Williams also netted 16 in the contest, while Antoine Wright led New Jersey with 17. Barron was assisted by Dorrell Wright, who chipped in 19, and Robert Hite, who added 14 in the Miami victory.

-- Melanie Curtsinger