<
>

Hill hopes to play Friday

12/19/2002

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The Orlando Magic avoided falling below
.500 for the first time this season despite playing without Grant
Hill for the entire game and Tracy McGrady for half of it.

Hill rested his sore ankle and McGrady sat out the second half
with a bruised back as the Magic held off the Utah Jazz 97-90
Wednesday night.

Pat Garrity scored 24 points and Shawn Kemp had 14 points and 12
rebounds as the Magic snapped a two-game losing streak.

"I told you we could do it, even without T-Mac," said Mike
Miller, who had 16 points.

McGrady's injury kept him out of all but two minutes of the
second half in a loss to the Lakers on Sunday. He sat out a loss at
Phoenix the next night.

"That's a big win for us. We were just searching for
combinations," Orlando coach Doc Rivers said. "We had a game
similar in Phoenix and we didn't come through. Tonight we made big
plays."

Hill decided after warming up to give his ankle a rest.

"I'm just glad we got a win," said Hill, who hopes to play
Friday when the Magic visit Denver. "I tried to give it a go, but
the big picture is the biggest thing."

Darrell Armstrong also scored 16 points with 11 assists and four
steals, including one in the final minute that ended the Jazz's
last chance at a comeback.

Utah had 23 turnovers in its fourth straight loss and opens a
four-game road trip Friday at Dallas, which has the best record in
the league.

"We've got to end this streak. This is bad," said Matt
Harpring, who had 17 points. "We've got to find a way to do
something."

Andrei Kirilenko also scored 17 for Utah and Karl Malone and
Calbert Cheaney both scored 15. Malone also had 11 rebounds for the
Jazz, who fell to .500 for the first time since Nov. 23.

"They came out in the second half with the idea they were going
to win the game," Utah coach Jerry Sloan said. "They played hard,
made a couple of 3-point shots because they were into it and we
couldn't get into any kind of rhythm."

The Magic trailed all of the first half, then with McGrady on
the bench, started moving the ball around more in the third
quarter. They pulled to 62-60 on a three-point play by Kemp, then
Orlando's Jeryl Sasser made a steal and tied it with two free
throws after he was fouled by Greg Ostertag. Sasser gave Orlando
its first lead with another steal and a layup that put the Magic up
64-62 midway through the third quarter.

Orlando was 11-for-18 from the floor while outscoring Utah 29-20
in the third.

The Jazz stayed within five points through the fourth and made
one final charge in the last minute, but Armstrong held them off.
He hit a 3-pointer that put the Magic up 91-85. After a 3-pointer
by Cheaney, Armstrong hit another long jumper with 37.5 seconds to
go, then stole the ball from Stockton on the Jazz's next
possession.

Garrity topped his previous season high of 21 points, which he
had Monday night in a loss at Phoenix. He was 6-for-10 Wednesday
and 2-for-3 from 3-point range.

Game notes
The Jazz hit their first four shots while opening the game
with a 10-2 run. Hapring made a pair of 3-pointers and Cheaney hit
two long jumpers. ... Orlando rookie Ryan Humphrey was playing
against the team that drafted him. The Jazz dealt Humphrey to the
Magic in exchange for the rights to center Curtis Borchardt and a
second-round draft pick. Humphrey missed his only shot and had one
rebound in 10 minutes. Borchardt has been on the injured list all
season recovering from foot surgery. ... The Magic hit half their
shots (10-for-20) but still trailed 29-25 at the end of the first
quarter. ... Tony Massenburg, signed Sunday to replace injured
center Jarron Collins, made his Jazz debut with four points in five
minutes. Utah is Massenburg's 10th NBA team.

Comments