Regular Season Series (Game 3 of 3)

Series starts 12/5

Game 1: Wednesday, December 5th
Game 2: Tuesday, February 26th
Game 3: Tuesday, March 26th

Bulls 82

(17-54, 4-31 away)

Magic 96

(38-32, 23-11 home)

    Coverage: WGN

    7:30 PM ET, March 26, 2002

    Amway Arena, Orlando, FL

    1 2 3 4 T
    CHI 21 25 15 2182
    ORL 24 26 22 2496

    Top Performers

    Chicago: J. Rose 20 Pts, 6 Reb, 6 Ast, 1 Stl

    Orlando: T. McGrady 20 Pts, 11 Reb, 7 Ast, 1 Stl

    McGrady does it all in return from back injury

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Tracy McGrady had 20 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists in his first game back after suffering back spasms last week, and the Orlando Magic beat the slumping Chicago Bulls 96-82 Tuesday night.

    Monty Williams contributed 18 points and a season-high 11 rebounds for his second double-double of the season. Reserve Troy Hudson added 16 points as Orlando snapped a two-game losing streak.

    For Chicago, Jalen Rose scored 20 points, 14 in the third quarter, and had six assists and six rebounds. Marcus Fizer had 11 of his 15 points in the first quarter.

    The Bulls have lost 13 of their last 15 games.

    McGrady, who hadn't played since after being wheeled off the court on a stretcher last Friday in a loss to Charlotte, shot 7-for-17 in his return. He put the game away in the fourth quarter, scoring the first six points of a 13-3 tear, and sat down with 3:45 left and the Magic holding a 91-73 lead.

    After allowing the Bulls to hang close into the third quarter, the Magic finally opened up some breathing room behind a 10-2 run that put them ahead by 11 points. Four players scored to give Orlando a 66-55 lead with 4:06 left in the period, with McGrady assisting on three baskets.

    From there, Chicago never came closer than eight points. The Bulls' comeback chances were sabotaged by their 6-for-14 foul shooting in the fourth quarter.

    Orlando played with little inspiration in the first half, but still led 50-46 at intermission. The Magic made six of their first seven shots, then finished the half on a 12-of-34 skid.

    McGrady was the worst culprit as he missed seven of his last 10 shots in the half after converting his first two tries. Although his back didn't appear to be causing him pain, it may have sapped the strength of his leg, as almost all of his misses were short.

    But Williams kept the Magic in charge. At halftime, he had 13 points -- seven on free throws -- and six rebounds.

    Game notes

    Orlando has won 13 of the last 14 games against Chicago, including a three-game sweep this season. The Bulls have lost seven straight road games against the Magic since Dec. 10, 1997. ... Chicago guard Jamal Crawford didn't dress because of a sore right knee. ... Orlando forward Mike Miller may return to action by the end of the week. Miller has been sidelined since March 8, when he sprained his left ankle. He said if he can't play against Indiana on Friday night, he'll play against New York on Sunday.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 82 96
    FGM-FGA 29-75 (.387) 34-81 (.420)
    3PM-3PA 2-10 (.200) 6-23 (.261)
    FTM-FTA 22-36 (.611) 22-27 (.815)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 11-43 12-48
    Assists 20 19
    Turnovers 11 11
    Steals 5 7
    Blocks 4 2
    Fast Break Points 5 4
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 24 (2/1) 29 (2/0)

    Top Performers

    Jalen Rose Rose
    Points: 20
    Reb: 6
    Ast: 6
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0
    Tracy McGrady McGrady
    Points: 20
    Reb: 11
    Ast: 7
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0