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
"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
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
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.
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."
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.