Final

Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 12/10

Game 1: Monday, December 10th
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Game 2: Thursday, February 21st
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Magic 92

(11-11, 5-7 away)

Clippers 100

(11-10, 11-5 home)

    Coverage: FSW

    7:30 PM ET, December 10, 2001

    STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, CA

    1 2 3 4 T
    ORL 27 24 25 1692
    LAC 18 33 24 25100

    Top Performers

    Orlando: T. McGrady 47 Pts, 11 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Blk

    Los Angeles: L. Odom 19 Pts, 4 Reb, 10 Ast, 1 Stl, 2 Blk

    Los Angeles wins despite 47 points from McGrady

    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- It's been a long time since the Los Angeles Clippers had something to smile about this late in the season.

    Orlando Magic forward Tracy McGrady has emerged as one of the NBA's best players.

    Corey Maggette scored 21 points -- overcoming Elton Brand's worst game with the Clippers and a 47-point night by Tracy McGrady -- to help Los Angeles beat the Orlando Magic 100-92 Monday night.

    Quentin Richardson scored nine of his 16 points in the fourth quarter, helping the Clippers improve to 11-10. It's the first time they've had a positive record so far into a season since March 5, 1993.

    "We've really been working and working, and finally we got the opportunity to go over .500," Maggette said. "The next game, we've got a chance to go two games over. And that's our goal. We don't want to just be a .500 team."

    The Clippers were 29-28 under Larry Brown in 1993 and advanced to the playoffs with a 41-41 record. They made the postseason in 1996-97 under Bill Fitch, but never went over .500 after starting out 6-5.

    One of two winless road teams in the NBA, the Clippers improved to 11-5 in Staples Center and are off to their best home start since 1974-75 when they were the Buffalo Braves (13-3).

    Brand, the Clippers' scoring leader, had a season-low six points and two rebounds in 26 minutes.

    "We trapped him, basically. That was the one guy we decided wasn't going to kill us," Magic coach Doc Rivers said. "The great thing about Elton is that he's so unselfish that he gave the ball up and didn't worry about it. And that's the mark of a great player."

    Lamar Odom had 19 points and 10 assists, after picking up his sixth technical foul in 13 games.

    "We didn't even want to talk before the game about going over .500." Odom said. "We wanted to talk about winning a basketball game. Sure, it feels great. But if I would have had 60 points tonight and we lost, we would have gone home under .500."

    McGrady had his second consecutive 40-point game and third of the season, finishing two points below his career high. But it wasn't enough for Orlando, which lost for the third time in 14 games against the Clippers.

    "We just needed someone else, really -- 47 from one guy is good, but not good enough," Rivers said. "The two stretches we took T-Mac off the floor, there was a minus-18 point differential. We needed one more guy."

    Sean Rooks, benched by Clippers coach Alvin Gentry in the previous game for missing practice, took over for the ineffective Brand with 1:30 left in the third quarter.

    Los Angeles opened the fourth with a 20-4 run that included a pair of 3-pointers by Richardson and a three-point play by Richardson.

    Orlando scored eight consecutive points, including a pair of free throws that narrowed the gap to 95-90 with 1:02 remaining. Darius Miles extinguished the comeback, blocking consecutive layup attempts by McGrady and Darrell Armstrong in the final minute.

    After squandering a 16-point lead in the defeat at Atlanta on Saturday night, the Magic built a 33-20 lead early in the second quarter, but gave that away in seven minutes.

    "In this league, it's going to be hard to hold leads because the talent is so good," Armstrong said. "When teams make runs, that's when you really have to execute your offense. Sometimes we've been having breakdowns, and we have to learn from that. It's going to take time."

    Game notes
    The Clippers have played home games on consecutive nights 14 times since coming to Los Angeles in 1994-95. On six of those occasions, one of the games was at the Anaheim Pond. They have swept both games five times, lost both four times, and split the other five sets. ... The Magic are still without Grant Hill, who is injured.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    ORL
    LAC
    Points 92 100
    FGM-FGA 35-87 (.402) 36-76 (.474)
    3PM-3PA 5-17 (.294) 6-16 (.375)
    FTM-FTA 17-21 (.810) 22-24 (.917)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 14-42 8-39
    Assists 17 23
    Turnovers 10 10
    Steals 5 5
    Blocks 5 6
    Fast Break Points 6 13
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 22 (1/0) 20 (1/0)

    Top Performers

    Orlando
    Los Angeles
    Tracy McGrady McGrady
    Points: 47
    Reb: 11
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 1
    Lamar Odom Odom
    Points: 19
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 10
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 2