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Archive for Saturday, February 22, 2003

NBA Roundup: Gooden scores 22 in Orlando debut

McGrady pours in 52 points as Magic victorious, 110-96, against Bulls

February 22, 2003

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— Tracy McGrady's first step in getting over the departure of good friend and teammate Mike Miller was to score a career-high 52 points. And he did it without even playing in the fourth quarter.

McGrady dedicated his effort to Miller, who was sent to Memphis in a trade Wednesday that brought Kansas University product Drew Gooden and Gordan Giricek to Orlando.

McGrady meshed well with his new teammates as Orlando rolled to a 110-96 victory Friday night against Chicago.

"This was for my boy," McGrady said, pausing before adding, "I've got to get over that."

Magic coach Doc Rivers seemed to have moved on quicker than McGrady.

"I asked T-Mac after the game if he had any more friends," Rivers said, laughing. "If that's what he's gonna do every night, we're gonna trade 'em all."

Rivers wasted no time acclimating his new players to the team, starting both. Gooden logged 34 minutes while Giricek played 43. Gooden finished with 22 points and 11 rebounds, going 11-of-16 from the field. Giricek had 15 points.

"For Gordan and Drew to come in and play that well was a huge lift," Rivers said. "You can see what Drew Gooden can do in the post. He's a heck of a basketball player. It's really a nice 1-2 combination with him and T-Mac on the same side of the floor."

McGrady was 15-of-32 from the field and 16-for-20 from the line to eclipse the 50 points he scored March 8 against Washington. McGrady's previous season-high was a 47-point effort Nov. 2 at Milwaukee.

McGrady finished one point shy of tying the franchise record of 53 set by Shaquille O'Neal in the 1993-94 season. He also came up a point short of Allan Houston's NBA season-high of 53.

"I was just feeling it tonight," McGrady said. "When I get it rolling like that, get me the ball because I can make a lot of things happen. That's what happened. I just felt like I couldn't miss.

"I wanted to show my newcomers how I bring it every night."

Orlando led 96-75 after three quarters and Chicago never threatened with McGrady watching from the sidelines, smiling as fans screamed for Rivers to put him back in the game.

Rivers and McGrady agreed that wouldn't have been a smart decision.

"Because it really doesn't look good on our part," McGrady said. "The game was already out of reach. Who knows? Those guys could take it personally and try to hurt me. Fans wanted me to go back in, but it just wasn't professional."

Sonics 88, Bucks 58

Seattle -- Brent Barry, replacing the departed Gary Payton at point guard, had a career-high 16 assists to go with 16 points as Seattle beat Milwaukee.

Warriors 111, Knicks 107

Oakland, Calif. -- Antawn Jamison scored 31 points and hit the go-ahead shot with 55 seconds left, and Gilbert Arenas scored all 14 of his points in the final 61¼2 minutes as Golden State beat New York.

Lakers 92, Blazers 84

Los Angeles -- Kobe Bryant hit a running jumper with 9 seconds remaining to reach 40 points for the eighth consecutive game as Los Angeles defeated Portland. The last player to score 40 in as many consecutive games was Michael Jordan, who did it in nine straight early in the 1986-87 season. Wilt Chamberlain scored at least 40 in 14 consecutive games in 1961-62.

Hornets 125, Grizzlies 123, OT

New Orleans -- Jamal Mashburn ended a 50-point performance by grabbing his own rebound and sinking a short jumper with 1 second left in overtime to lift New Orleans. In tying his career high and setting a franchise record for points in a game, Mashburn shot 17-of-33 and hit all 12 of his foul shots.

Raptors 92, Suns 89

Toronto -- Antonio Davis had 22 points, including the final four of the game, as Toronto beat Phoenix. Shawn Marion went 3-for-19 from the field and finished with eight points for the Suns, who have lost four of five since the All-Star break.

Wizards 89, Nets 86

Washington -- Four days after turning 40, Michael Jordan scored 43 points in 43 minutes. Jordan became the first 40-year-old in NBA history to score 40 or more points, also hitting the game-winning shot.

76ers 119, Cavaliers 99

Cleveland -- Allen Iverson matched a season-high with 41 points and Philadelphia blew away Cleveland early and rolled to its fifth straight win. Iverson almost always has a big game against the Cavs, and he added another as the Sixers won their 15th straight against Cleveland.

Timberwolves 103, Pistons 96

Minneapolis -- Kevin Garnett had 34 points and 16 rebounds as Minnesota defeated Detroit to set a franchise record with 13 consecutive home wins. Troy Hudson added 12 points and 11 assists for the Timberwolves, who nearly blew a 24-point second-half lead. Wally Szczerbiak added 20 points.

Mavericks 100, Rockets 85

Houston -- Dirk Nowitzki had 34 points and 11 rebounds and led a 14-2 second-quarter spurt as Dallas completed a season sweep of Houston. Dallas won its fifth straight game.

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