Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 11/5

Game 1: Monday, November 5th
Game 2: Sunday, December 16th

Magic 91

(12-14, 6-10 away)

SuperSonics 114

(11-15, 7-5 home)

    6:00 PM ET, December 16, 2001

    Key Arena, Seattle, WA

    1 2 3 4 T
    ORL 18 30 24 1991
    SEA 34 21 28 31114

    Top Performers

    Orlando: M. Miller 23 Pts, 8 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Stl

    Seattle: G. Payton 26 Pts, 4 Reb, 9 Ast, 1 Stl

    McGrady leaves early, Payton and Barry put on show

    SEATTLE (AP) -- Without Tracy McGrady, the Orlando Magic were no match for the Seattle SuperSonics.

    Gary Payton scored 26 points and Brent Barry added 22 as Seattle took advantage of an injury to McGrady and beat Orlando 114-91 on Sunday night.

    McGrady, averaging 26.9 points, scored four points in five minutes before leaving the game with a lower back strain. McGrady has scored 40 or more points in four games this season.

    With Grant Hill sidelined by a left ankle injury, the Magic had no one to take over when McGrady left the game.

    "When McGrady went out, they didn't have a Kobe (Bryant) to step in and create opportunities," Sonics coach Nate McMillan said.

    McGrady, who had problems with back spasms during the exhibition season, is listed as day-to-day, according to the Orlando Sentinel. The Magic return home to face the Utah Jazz on Wednesday, followed by the Wizards on Friday.

    McMillan was referring to the Sonics's 107-92 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Nov. 30, in which Shaquille O'Neal was ejected in the first quarter and Bryant took over.

    In this game, the Sonics wore down Orlando.

    "The energy was there from the start," McMillan said. "We pressured them, upped the tempo and wore them down in the fourth quarter."

    The Sonics outscored the Magic 34-18 in the first period and outscored Orlando 31-19 in the final quarter.

    Vin Baker added 19 points and nine rebounds for the Sonics, who began a stretch of six home games out of seven. Art Long, making his second start of the season, had career highs of 12 points and 12 rebounds.

    Mike Miller scored 23 points to lead the Magic, who ended their road trip 1-5. Troy Hudson was the only other Orlando player in double figures with 10 points.

    Magic coach Doc Rivers knew his team was in trouble without McGrady.

    "I felt like I had a Band-Aid holding back the Hoover Dam. You were hoping that it wouldn't break," he said.

    Barry scored 16 points in the first half. Payton scored 16 in the second half for Seattle.

    Payton appeared energized by his young teammates, according to Rivers.

    "Gary looks like he his reborn with all these guys around him and it's nice to see," Rivers said.

    Payton was concerned the Sonics would relax after McGrady left and the team built a 17-point lead midway through the second quarter.

    "We were thinking everything was coming too easy. We started doing other things instead of executing. Then we got back to executing and running in the fourth quarter," he said.

    The Sonics scored 20 points off 17 Orlando turnovers. Earl Watson had four of Seattle's nine steals.

    Seattle seized command with an 18-9 run in the third quarter and carried an 83-72 lead into the fourth. Payton scored eight points in the surge.

    Miller had scored nine points as the Magic closed within 65-63 with 6:42 left in the quarter. Consecutive baskets by Payton extended Seattle's lead to 69-63 with 5:47 left in the third period.

    The Magic used a 19-9 run in the first half to cut their deficit to 55-48 by the break.

    Game notes
    Sonics guard Desmond Mason returned to the active roster after missing six games with a sprained right knee. The Sonics were 1-5 during Mason's absence. ... The Sonics' 34 first-quarter points ranked as their second-highest scoring quarter of the season. Seattle scored 35 on Dec. 11 against the Lakers. ... Official Mike Mathis received a nice ovation when it was announced that he was retiring in two days after 25 years of officiating in the NBA. His final game will be Tuesday in Sacramento, where the Kings face the Detroit Pistons.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 91 114
    FGM-FGA 37-83 (.446) 47-94 (.500)
    3PM-3PA 6-22 (.273) 8-18 (.444)
    FTM-FTA 11-18 (.611) 12-16 (.750)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 14-39 18-50
    Assists 23 28
    Turnovers 17 9
    Steals 4 9
    Blocks 3 1
    Fast Break Points 11 19
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 18 (0/0) 18 (1/0)

    Top Performers

    Mike Miller Miller
    Points: 23
    Reb: 8
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0
    Gary Payton Payton
    Points: 26
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 9
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0