Flaunting a scoreboard-lighting roster, the Purple Haze appear to be a title contender on paper. Alas, though the Haze's depth and deftness are unparalleled, the team was sent packing in a fog thanks to Truck Robinson.
Few could catch fire like Walter Davis, and the one affectionately known as "The Greyhound" put this proficiency on display in the first quarter, scoring 12 points in placing the Haze out to an eight-point lead. Amar'ediculous would cut the deficit to four heading into halftime, driven by the trio of Penny Hardaway, Leandro Barbosa and the aforementioned Robinson.
The onset of the third quarter was one dominated by defense, as both crews strained to find any offensive consistency. Nevertheless, the Haze augmented their advantage, pulling ahead by seven as the game rolled into the final period.
Yet off-the-bench contributions from Jason Richardson pulled the game close, and Hardaway's drive-and-dish artistry could not be contained. With 30 seconds left, a Charlie Scott jumper brought Amar'ediculous within one. The Haze were thwarted on the other end, giving Amar'ediculous a chance to pull off the comeback. As the clock hit zero, Robinson attempted a fadeaway jumper that hit nothing but net, giving Amar'ediculous a 111-110 victory.
Amar'ediculous boasted seven players in double-digit scoring, with Robinson and Scott leading the way with 22 and 19, respectively. Hardaway added 19 points, nine assists and five boards, while the team's namesake, Amar'e Stoudemire, finished with 14 points and six rebounds. In defeat, Cedric Ceballos provided 24 points and six rebounds for the Haze, while Maurice Lucas cleaned the glass with 11 boards and added 14 points.
Rosters: Purple Haze (GM: Stefan Swiat) - Amar'ediculous (GM: Bob Adlhoch)
Player of the game: Truck Robinson (22 points, 12 rebounds)
Winning Percentage of 1,001 Simulations: Amar'ediculous 54.8% - Purple Haze 45.2%
Average Score of 1,001 Simulations: Amar'ediculous 111.3 - Purple Haze 109.6
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