Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 4)

Series starts 1/3

Game 1: Friday, January 3rd
Game 2: Tuesday, February 18th
Game 3: Saturday, March 15th
Game 4: Wednesday, March 26th

Magic 89

(18-16, 7-12 away)

Hornets 100

(19-15, 12-3 home)

    Coverage: COX

    7:30 PM ET, January 3, 2003

    Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, LA

    1 2 3 4 T
    ORL 27 15 23 2489
    NO 19 27 25 29100

    Top Performers

    Orl: T. McGrady 40 Pts, 5 Reb, 4 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

    NO: J. Mashburn 29 Pts, 5 Reb, 9 Ast, 1 Stl

    McGrady's 40 points not enough for Orlando

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- The New Orleans Hornets had trouble stopping Tracy McGrady, but did well enough against the rest of the Orlando Magic to secure their first victory in six games.

     Jamal Mashburn

    McGrady's 40 points were the most against the Hornets by a player this season. But New Orleans used a balanced offense to give plenty of scoring opportunities to Jamal Mashburn, who scored 22 of his 29 points in the second half to lead the Hornets to a 100-89 victory Friday night.

    "The biggest thing for us was for everybody to step up because a lot of times, when we play, defenses concentrate on me," Mashburn said.

    P.J. Brown scored 18 for New Orleans, while Courtney Alexander had 14 and Elden Campbell 13 coming off of the bench.

    "I was so thrilled when P.J. had (13) at the half, because that was going to open things up for me ... his man was going to be reluctant to leave him," Mashburn said. "Then Elden got going. It just opens things up so much for me. I love to see these guys score."

    Brown's free throw capped a 10-0 third-quarter run to give New Orleans a 67-54 lead and the Hornets never trailed again. McGrady made an array of tough jump shots -- two with Alexander right in his face -- and Orlando was able to pull within 71-65 heading into the final period. But Orlando hit only six of its first 17 shots in the final period and turned the ball over six times during that span as New Orleans put the game out of reach.

    McGrady "had a great offensive night but he needs help," Magic coach Doc Rivers said. "We're not going to win games if Tracy is the only one to score."

    Mike Miller scored 13 for Orlando, but only four in the second half. Darrell Armstrong added 11 points. Injury-plagued Grant Hill, among the Magic's top scorers, missed his third-straight game with a sore left ankle.

    Mashburn hit two 3-pointers in the final minutes to put the game away. He scored most of his points on mid-range jump shots and several strong inside moves. He scored only one point from the foul line.

    New Orleans made 49 percent of its shots to Orlando's 44 percent and the Hornets scored 18 points from the foul line, improving on their loss Tuesday to Indiana, when New Orleans went to the foul line only eight times all game. New Orleans also turned 16 Magic turnovers into 25 points and outscored Orlando 40-18 inside.

    "I think if we had somebody who could give us some presence in the post it would open up a lot of things for us," McGrady said. "Right now, with Grant out, I'm probably our only post player. We're getting a lot of our offense off of pick and rolls and guys knocking down open jumpers. There's rarely anybody in the post really making it tough on the other big players and getting them in foul trouble."

    McGrady got the Magic off to a fast start with 11 first-quarter points, including a 3-pointer and a three-point play in which he beat two defenders off the dribble and hit a layup as he was fouled, to help the Magic lead 27-19 at the end of the period.

    New Orleans made nine of its first 16 shots in the second quarter and took its first lead at 41-38 with 1:47 left in the half when Mashburn spun past McGrady on the baseline, double-pumped and hit a layup as he was fouled. Brown, who had 13 first-half points, capped a 12-0 run with a 3-point play as he caught a pass cutting down the lane and scored as he was fouled.

    "We did a good job not just getting the ball to our big guys but driving to the hole and getting penetration, and I think that made a big difference," Brown said.

    The Magic responded with jump shots by McGrady and Armstrong, cutting the Hornets' lead to 46-42 at halftime.

    Game notes
    Hornets guard Baron Davis, who came out of New Orleans' last game early with back spasms, did not play. ... McGrady, who has led the Magic in scoring in 24 games, has scored 40 or more points five times.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 89 100
    FGM-FGA 34-77 (.442) 39-80 (.488)
    3PM-3PA 4-12 (.333) 4-9 (.444)
    FTM-FTA 17-23 (.739) 18-23 (.783)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 12-36 8-36
    Assists 22 22
    Turnovers 16 14
    Steals 6 9
    Blocks 2 3
    Fast Break Points 1 3
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 26 (0/0) 19 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    New Orleans
    Tracy McGrady McGrady
    Points: 40
    Reb: 5
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 1
    Jamal Mashburn Mashburn
    Points: 29
    Reb: 5
    Ast: 9
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0