Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 11/10

Game 1: Sunday, November 10th
Game 2: Thursday, November 14th

Magic 101

(6-3, 3-1 away)

Clippers 80

(3-5, 1-3 home)

    7:00 PM ET, November 14, 2002

    STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, CA

    1 2 3 4 T
    ORL 25 24 29 23101
    LAC 22 21 15 2280

    Top Performers

    Orlando: T. McGrady 35 Pts, 6 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Blk

    Los Angeles: E. Brand 10 Pts, 12 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Stl, 7 Blk

    McGrady, Magic snap two-game losing streak

    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- It was payback time, and Tracy McGrady made sure the Orlando Magic took care of business against the Los Angeles Clippers.

    Tracy McGrady

    The Magic's Tracy McGrady, shooting, raised his scoring average to 32.1 points per game after a 35-point effort Thursday night.

    Boosting his league-leading scoring average, McGrady had 35 points Thursday night in a 101-80 victory over the Clippers, who rallied late to defeat the Magic in Orlando last weekend.

    "We were a little upset because we had that game won. It's a game we let slip away,'' said McGrady, who raised his average to 32.1 points a game.

    "And not only to pay them back for last Sunday, but because this is the first game of a long road trip, so this was the most important game of the trip.''

    McGrady went 14-of-26 from the floor, including 3-of-6 from 3-point range.

    He also had two blocks and six rebounds for Orlando, which, unlike in the earlier 120-117 loss to the Clippers, played solid defense, turning 19 Los Angeles turnovers into 26 points.

    "I'm pleased with the way we played defense and rebounded,'' McGrady said. "That's what killed us in the games we lost. Tonight we were aggressive on both ends of the floor.''

    Teammate Pat Garrity said of McGrady, "When he's hitting shots like that, with .03 seconds left on the shot clock, that's just great offense.''

    The Clippers' Corey Maggette drew the difficult task of trying to contain the hot-shooting McGrady.

    "McGrady's a great player,'' Maggette said. "I just wanted to try to slow him down, but Tracy's one of the best players in the league.''

    Orlando scored 24 points on 8-of-20 shooting from 3-point range. The Clippers were just 3-of-13 on 3-pointers and scored only 13 points off 15 turnovers by the Magic.

    In the Clippers' earlier win, McGrady had 32 points but just two in the final quarter as Los Angeles came back from a seven-point deficit in the final 3:13.

    McGrady's performance in the rematch included a spectacular drive-and-float dunk as the Magic took charge in the third quarter.

    Grant Hill had 17 points and nine rebounds, and Garrity added 14 points in reserve for the Magic, who were missing usual sixth man Mike Miller because of an ankle injury.

    Maggette and Michael Olowokandi led Los Angeles with 16 points each, but Olowokandi had just two in the second half. Elton Brand had 10 points and 12 rebounds.

    After McGrady made an 18-footer, Darrell Armstrong hit a short jumper shortly afterward as Orlando opened its first double-digit lead, at 57-47 with 8:18 left in the third quarter.

    A minute later, McGrady, sprinting full speed, split the defense, went airborne near the foul line and slammed the ball into the hoop -- bringing a loud "AH-H-H'' in unison from the crowd of 17,654 and giving Orlando a 59-49 lead.

    The Magic finished a 12-0 run to go ahead 69-49 and led 78-58 heading into the fourth quarter. The Clippers got no closer than 13 the rest of the way.

    Miller sprained his left ankle when Toronto's Voshon Lenard fouled him late in the third quarter of the Magic's 115-109 loss on Tuesday. Miller remains day-to-day.

    Game notes

    The game began a six-game West Coast road trip for the Magic. ... Miller had a similar injury to the same ankle last March 9 and missed 14 games. ... The game was televised by TNT, the first of four Clippers games that network will cover this season. ESPN will televise six Clippers games. ... The Clippers paid tribute to Eric Piatkowski at halftime for playing the most games for the franchise since it moved to Los Angeles. Thursday's game was Piatkowski's 562nd. He eclipsed Loy Vaught's previous record of 558 in the Clippers' game at New Jersey on Nov. 8.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 101 80
    FGM-FGA 41-90 (.456) 29-73 (.397)
    3PM-3PA 8-20 (.400) 3-13 (.231)
    FTM-FTA 11-13 (.846) 19-26 (.731)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 16-52 5-33
    Assists 21 12
    Turnovers 15 19
    Steals 10 8
    Blocks 6 10
    Fast Break Points 1 5
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 25 (0/0) 17 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    Los Angeles
    Tracy McGrady McGrady
    Points: 35
    Reb: 6
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 2
    Elton Brand Brand
    Points: 10
    Reb: 12
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 7