ORLANDO (AP) -- Tracy McGrady was so good in the second and third
quarters, he earned the final 12 minutes off.
McGrady scored 28 points and handed out six assists while Mike
Miller had 22 points Saturday night as the Magic routed the Atlanta
Hawks 117-92. Orlando shot 52 percent from the field and led by as
many as 38.
The Magic and Hawks traded jump shots for the first quarter and
a half, and Orlando led 48-45 before McGrady got going. He scored
eight straight points for Orlando as the Magic closed the second
quarter with a 21-5 run for a 69-50 lead.
McGrady's run included a 20-footer, two driving layups and a
pair of free throws as he demonstrated his versatility inside and
out. He finished the half with 19 points and three assists,
including one to Pat Garrity for a 3-pointer at the halftime
The onslaught continued in the third quarter as the Magic hit
their first eight field goal attempts to push the advantage to 31
points. Once again, McGrady led the way, hitting three jump shots
and a dunk. His fallaway 20-footer made it 86-55 with 7:10 left in
the third period.
"Our concern with a big halftime lead was that our young guys
would go showtime on us,'' Magic coach Doc Rivers said. "We didn't
and that was great. We stayed locked in and focused. I think our
guys knew they were playing a tired basketball team and if they
could come out and make a good run to start the third quarter, they
could put them away.''
Atlanta, playing its fourth game in five nights, was indeed a
tired team. The Hawks shot only 37 percent for the first three
"The Magic were a lot sharper, a lot quicker, a lot more
explosive,'' Atlanta coach Lon Kruger said. "They are tough to
play any night, but when they push the ball like they did tonight
and have great spacing, they're a great team.''
The Hawks were led by reserve Dion Glover's 18 points. Glenn
Robinson, their leading scorer, had only 13 points on 6-of-20
shooting while being defended primarily by McGrady.
"For a quarter and a half, we just traded baskets with them,''
Rivers said. "Then we finally started playing defense in the last
five minutes of the second quarter. We shut them down pretty good
For the second game in a row, the Magic started their "Big
Lineup'' that includes McGrady, Miller and Grant Hill. Rivers said
he intended to use the three for long minutes against Atlanta, but
didn't get the chance because the game was a rout by middle of the
"We were actually going to experiment with upping Grant
(Hill's) minutes because the new theory is don't rest his ankle and
he won't get so sore,'' Rivers said. "But that's OK, we'll have
more chances to do it.''
Second-year guard Jeryl Sasser hit the first 3-pointer of
his career at the start of the fourth quarter. He went on to score
a career-high eight points. ... Magic coach Doc Rivers said he
expects forward Horace Grant back for Monday's game against Boston.
Grant hurt his knee in the season opener and hasn't played since.
... The Hawks have lost seven straight games in Orlando.