ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Doc Rivers jokingly credited the league
office for the Orlando Magic's latest victory.
"I really think the rules about fighting ... I love them,"
Rivers said, laughing. "I think they're great rules."
Pat Garrity had a season-high 23 points, and the Orlando took
advantage of Atlanta missing its top two scorers and defeated the
slumping Hawks 100-86 Tuesday night.
Atlanta played without leading scorer Shareef Abdur-Rahim, suspended earlier in the day for three games and fined $15,000 for
fighting with Houston's Kenny Thomas on Monday. Jason Terry, was suspended for one game and fined $7,500 for throwing a punch during
Abdur-Rahim is averaging 20.1 points and Terry 18.7 for the Hawks, who have lost seven of their last eight games.
"We can't use that as an excuse," Atlanta's Cal Bowdler said.
"We have been playing with injuries all year. Most NBA squads at
some point do not have their whole squad."
Garrity shot 9-for-13 and the Magic got 40 points their reserves -- all on a night starters Tracy McGrady and Mike Miller combined for 14 points.
McGrady finished with nine points, nine rebounds and eight
assists in 29 minutes. He shot 4-for-7 in his second lowest scoring
performance of the season. Miller was 2-of-8 for a season-low five
"Tracy has nine points and Mike Miller has five," Rivers said.
"That is a strange, strange number and we score 100 points. That's
hard to figure out so I'm not going to try.
"I'm glad they don't draw up pictures of wins. I'm glad they
just put up numbers."
Orlando's Darrell Armstrong was 6-of-8 from the field, finish
with 15 points and Don Reid came off the bench to hit 7-of-8 shots
for a season-high 15 points in 19 minutes.
The Magic went up by 20 when Reid's basket made it 84-64 with
7:35 remaining in the game. Orlando led by no fewer than 14 points
in the final quarter and finished shooting 55.9 percent for the
"They shoot it very well and they make a living off of driving
to the basket and kicking it out for open shots and shooting the
three in transition," Atlanta coach Lon Kruger said. "That's one
of their strengths and they're very good at it."
Atlanta got 24 points from its reserves, including Dion Glover
who had 13.
"It is kind of ironic because their supposed 'players' were held to a score we didn't mind," Vaughn said. "They had a guy like Pat Garrity who got off and changed the momentum of the game.
"We were short-handed but came out believing we had a chance to win which is a good thing."
Orlando took the lead for good when Garrity's jump shot put the
Magic up 40-39 at the 2:48 mark of the second quarter. He followed
with a 3-pointer and another jumper that gave the Magic a 45-39
Garrity had 16 points at the half to give Orlando a 47-41 lead.
Atlanta shot 46.3 percent and benefitted from 12 Magic turnovers,
including nine in the first quarter.
Game notes Atlanta guard Emanual Davis will undergo season-ending
surgery on his left wrist. He was replaced on the roster by forward
Ira Newble, who was signed to a 10-day contract. ... Orlando
activated rookie Jeryl Sasser, who has played in three games this
season. He went on the injured list Jan. 4 with tendinitis in his