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Bullets Spin Their Own Magic, Head For Sunday Showdown

18 April 1997. Washington Bullets 104, Orlando Magic 93 (record: 43-38)
Game leaders: Strickland (27 points), Cheaney (13 rebounds), Strickland (9 assists)

This really wasn't a must-win game for the Bullets, per se, unless they won and Cleveland lost (which they didn't). The Bullets knew the results of the Cleveland-Detroit game, but they still put the hammer down on the Magic. There was no let-up from this crew.

Howard scored 25 points, though Webber had an off night by going 7 of 21 for 18 points. Webber did have 11 rebounds, though Cheaney's total is most amazing. He's coming around at the right time of the season.

Unfortunately, Horace Grant was injured in the first half and did not return. (It turns out that injury kept him out of the playoffs, as well.) Muresan sat out this game with his sore back, so Harvey Grant started in his place.

Now, the Bullets face a winner-takes-all matchup with the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday. On national TV - yes, a regional broadcast, but one which was bumped from 10% to 25% of the nation when the NBC execs realized that it had large playoff implications.

wtf 29 April 1997

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