Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 4)

Series starts 11/2

Game 1: Saturday, November 2nd
Game 2: Monday, December 23rd
Game 3: Wednesday, March 5th
Game 4: Wednesday, April 16th

Magic 100

(3-1, 2-1 away)

Bucks 90

(0-2, 0-1 home)

    7:30 PM ET, November 2, 2002

    BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee, WI

    1 2 3 4 T
    ORL 21 31 24 24100
    MIL 20 24 12 3490

    Top Performers

    Orlando: T. McGrady 47 Pts, 6 Reb, 7 Ast, 2 Stl

    Milwaukee: T. Kukoc 16 Pts, 12 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Stl

    Bucks have no answer for McGrady

    MILWAUKEE (AP) -- If Kevin Garnett provided the stingiest defense Tracy McGrady had ever encountered, the Milwaukee Bucks offered the softest.

    Tracy McGrady

    Tracy McGrady went 6-for-9 from 3-point range, and enjoyed doing it.

    Twenty-four hours after Garnett hounded him into a 6-for-15 night, McGrady scored 47 points Saturday night as the Magic snapped an eight-game losing streak at the Bradley Center with a 100-90 victory over the Bucks.

    "He was sensational," Magic coach Doc Rivers said. "With a great player, you know what's going to happen after a bad game. But we weren't counting on 47."

    McGrady helped the Magic improve to 3-1 and came three points short of his career high of 50 set against Washington last March 8.

    "Coming off a bad game in Minnesota, I came in here with a different mentality," McGrady said. "I wanted the ball and to make sure we got the W."

    He got both.

    Grant Hill, coming back from a foot injury that sidelined him for most of the past two seasons, scored just two points in 10 minutes and didn't come out for the second half because of a sore left ankle.

    He played 33 minutes Friday night in Minnesota, and doctors want him to play no more than 25 to 30 minutes. Hill said he wanted to play some more but didn't argue with Rivers, adding he'll practice Monday and play Tuesday against Sacramento.

    "We had the game under control," he said. "It was probably a smart thing because the big picture is the main thing. We're trying to win a championship."

    Thanks to McGrady, Hill's services weren't needed.

    McGrady, who said Garnett's defense on him Friday night was the best he'd ever seen, scored 28 points in the first half and accounted for all but two points in Orlando's 18-8 run that gave the Magic a 52-44 halftime lead.

    "I can usually feel if I am having a big game in the first quarter. Tonight it was the second quarter when I felt it," McGrady said. "I just knew everything I threw up was going in."

    McGrady sank a 3-pointer over a defenseless Ray Allen, completed a three-point play when he was fouled by Allen, then sank 3s over Jason Caffey and Anthony Mason in the run.

    "There was nobody out there who could have done anything," said Tim Thomas, who was schooled by McGrady from all over the floor.

    McGrady made 16 of 29 shots, including 6-for-9 from 3-point range, and all nine of his free throws.

    "It seemed like he was upset about the way he played last night and came back and had a super game," Bucks coach George Karl said. "He sure put on a show tonight."

    Mike Miller added 15 points and Pat Garrity 13 points and a career-best 15 rebounds for Orlando, which led by as many as 24 in the third quarter.

    Michael Redd led Milwaukee (0-2) with 17 points, and Toni Kukoc had 16.

    Before the game, Karl talked about his team's record-breaking collapse last season and said the players on his refurbished team needed "to get back to feeling confident with one another," but added he didn't sense any need for the Bucks to win back their fans after the nosedive last season.

    He might want to rethink that position.

    As the Magic opened the second half with a 19-5 run to make it 71-49, the Bradley Center boo birds returned in force, frustrated by bad shot selection and nonexistent defense -- the very things that characterized the Bucks' mammoth collapse last season.

    In his team's defense, Karl said McGrady is the best player in the Eastern Conference and one of the top two or three in the NBA.

    "He's just a very difficult matchup for most teams. He's 6-10. He can play inside, he can play outside," Karl said. "He was hitting his 3-pointer. When he's doing that, he makes it very difficult to defend him.

    "A combination of our bad offense and his great offense made it an easy game for him."

    Game notes

    Allen and Sam Cassell, who combined for 45 points in the Bucks' opener at Philadelphia, were a combined 5-for-22 for 14 points. ... The Bucks shot just 4-for-20 in the third quarter. ... The last time the Magic won in Milwaukee during the regular season was April 8, 1997. ... The previous highest output by an opponent in a Bucks home opener was 46 by Michael Jordan in 1991.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 100 90
    FGM-FGA 36-82 (.439) 34-78 (.436)
    3PM-3PA 11-22 (.500) 3-14 (.214)
    FTM-FTA 17-19 (.895) 19-29 (.655)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 14-42 16-45
    Assists 22 20
    Turnovers 15 18
    Steals 9 11
    Blocks 4 6
    Fast Break Points 2 9
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 23 (0/0) 19 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    Tracy McGrady McGrady
    Points: 47
    Reb: 6
    Ast: 7
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0
    Toni Kukoc Kukoc
    Points: 16
    Reb: 12
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0