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Bulls suffer first loss since trade for Rose, Best

CHICAGO (AP) -- The Orlando Magic had Tracy McGrady back in the lineup, and their unselfish play helped them snap Chicago's
three-game winning streak.

McGrady scored 25 points and Pat Garrity added 18 Tuesday night to lead the Magic over Chicago 112-97, handing the Bulls their first loss in four games since acquiring Jalen Rose and Travis Best.

Mike Miller had 15 points and tied his career best with 10 assists for Orlando, which had a season-high 36 assists.

"We had great ball movement," Magic coach Doc Rivers said.
"It's amazing how much better a coach I am when Tracy McGrady and
Pat Garrity are unselfish. It's hard to win when you double-team
Tracy when you've got Pat Garrity, Mike Miller and Horace Grant (16
points) knocking down shots."

"We tend to do a good job finding the open shooter," McGrady said. "Everybody's involved, everybody's comfortable."

McGrady, who missed Sunday's game against Cleveland because of a sore right foot, shot 9-of-19 and had nine rebounds and seven assists in 41 minutes. McGrady said one game off was enough.

"There was no doubt I was going to play," McGrady said. "Without me and Pat, you're taking away 25 to 35 points from us."

The Magic took an early lead, went up by as many as 22 and cruised to their fourth win in five games.

Rose had 24 points and eight assists to lead Chicago.

McGrady started fast, making a dunk and later a steal to start a fast break, which he finished with another dunk.

Rose highlighted a Bulls' run by blocking Miller's shot and blindly feeding Trenton Hassell for a slam.

Garrity scored 12 points in the first and McGrady added 11 as the Magic had 15 assists and led 38-28.

Orlando had a 20-2 run bridging the first and second quarters and led by as many as 15 in the second. McGrady's 18 points at the half topped Orlando, which led 64-51.

"They moved the ball well," said Bulls forward Marcus Fizer, who had 18 points. "It helps when you have a guy like McGrady in there."

The Magic started the third with a 6-0 run to lead 71-51, and
were up 90-68 after three. Chicago got no closer than 12 in the
fourth.

"There will be nights when we're not together defensively,"
said Best, who scored 13 with five assists in 30 minutes off the
bench. "You can't expect to win giving up that many open baskets.
It would have been much closer if we hadn't."

Game notes
Garrity didn't play Sunday because of a right thigh bruise,
but was in the starting lineuhp. ... Forward Charles Oakley (swollen left knee), and did not play, and won't travel to Detroit
for Wedesday's game against the Pistons. ... Guard Greg Anthony (sore left hand) also sat out. ... Anthony and Oakley, whose names
came up in trade talks, both seemed resigned to finishing the
season in Chicago. Neither will be eligible for the playoffs after
Friday. "I'm not upset about it," Anthony said. "The injuries
have bothered me more." ... Michael Jordan's second Wizards
appearance Friday night wouldn't have brought the same circus as
his first visit did in January, but with Jordan on the injured
list, it's just another game to Bulls coach Bill Cartwright. "It
would be nice for him to be able to finish the year -- he's worked
so hard," Cartwright said. "He may yet do it. But he's had
incredible luck in his career, injury-wise." ... Magic guard Monty Williams had to leave the game in the second quarter after getting hit in the
groin.