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.
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.