Hill had 27 points and nine assists, and Miller scored 10 of his
18 points in the fourth quarter as the Magic beat the Seattle
SuperSonics 105-98 on Friday night.
"I struggled,'' said McGrady, who had 23 points, including 11
in the final period, on 8-of-22 shooting. "Grant picked me up,
Mike picked me up. We have guys who are capable of stepping up.''
Hill held the Magic together early, when they fell behind by a
dozen points. And it was Miller and McGrady pushing Orlando over
the top late, as the Magic clinched the win with a 21-9 run midway
through the fourth quarter.
"If we do that the whole year, it's going to be tough to stop
us,'' said Miller, whose back-to-back 3-pointers put Orlando up
87-81 with 5 minutes remaining.
The Sonics had kept Orlando's explosive offense bottled up for
most of the night. But in the fourth quarter, the Magic scored 34
points behind 9-for-12 shooting from the field and 14 foul shots in
Although McGrady struggled, missing eight of his first 10 shots,
he was there down the stretch. He hit a fallaway jumper as the shot
clock expired and followed that with a three-point play on a
fastbreak layup to give the Magic a 96-88 lead with 2:33 to go.
"I thought they made big plans and made big shots when they
needed to and we didn't,'' Seattle coach Nate McMillan said. "We
turned the ball over and we didn't make the shots late in the
Brent Barry, who came in as the NBA's fifth-most accurate
shooter at 60.5 percent, finished with 13 points after being
hounded into a 4-for-12 shooting night. He also missed six of eight
"I'd like to have a couple of those back, but that's the
season,'' said Barry, who had been shooting 63.6 percent from
beyond the arc. "You make some, you miss some.''
Seattle was 6-for-17 on 3s, continuing its woes. In their first
loss of the season on Wednesday, the Sonics were 1-for-12.
"We settled for the 3-ball a little bit too much,'' Barry said.
"We probably should've penetrated more and found some more rhythm
With McGrady misfiring early and no teammates picking up the
slack, Seattle bolted out to a 23-11 lead in the first quarter.
Radmanovic's 3-pointer and jumper on successive possessions capped
off a run of 13 unanswered points.
"I thought we did a good job of keeping (McGrady) in front of
us and making him take tough shots,'' McMillan said. "I think
that's about as good as you can do defending him in the post.''
But Hill, scoring 10 points in a 3:42 span, rallied the Magic to
a 43-38 lead with four minutes remaining before the break.
From there, neither team could expand its lead to more than four
until Miller's 3-pointer with 7:03 left to play put Orlando up
Seattle had won three straight against Orlando ... Before
the game, Orlando placed forward-center Horace Grant on the injured
list with a sore left knee. Still recovering from offseason
surgery, Grant has missed four straight games and could be out
until December. ... Forward Olumide Oydeji was activated to replace
Grant, but he didn't play. ... Seattle center Jerome James sat out
with a sore right foot.