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McGrady scores 28 points in only three quarters

CLEVELAND (AP) -- As Tracy McGrady stepped to the foul line late
in the third quarter, one of the scoreboards in Gund Arena flashed
an advertisement for the "The Cleveland Clinic.''

How fitting. Because for 12 minutes, that's exactly what the
Orlando Magic put on.

"The third quarter was amazing,'' Magic coach Doc Rivers said.

Tracy McGrady scored 28 points and rookie Gordan Giricek made
two 3-pointers when Orlando outscored Cleveland 39-12 in the third,
leading the Magic to a 102-76 win over the Cavaliers.

McGrady didn't have to play in the fourth quarter as the Magic
improved to 4-1 since acquiring Giricek and fellow rookie Drew
Gooden in a Feb. 19 trade with Memphis.

Giricek had 16 points and Gooden added 13 points and 14 rebounds
for Orlando, which led 54-50 on Giricek's 3-pointer -- his first of
two straight -- with 10:27 left in the third.

Giricek's jumper ignited a 28-3 run by the Magic, who outscored
Cleveland 34-7 over the final 9:43 of the third to turn a tight
game into another blowout loss for the Cavs, who dropped to an
NBA-worst 11-48.

"Can we not talk about the third quarter?'' Cavs interim coach
Keith Smart said. "We came out and didn't make shots and dropped
our heads.''

McGrady said the Cavs did more than that.

"I know they quit,'' he said. "Guys didn't want to play. Ricky
Davis, he wasn't aggressive. He was too passive. Guys were passing
up open jumpers.''

McGrady and Giricek each scored 12 points in the third as the
Magic had runs of 9-0 and 16-0 and went 16-for-26 from the floor in
the period. Cleveland helped out by making nine turnovers.

McGrady, who has scored at least 20 points in 30 straight games,
said the addition of Giricek and Gooden has taken pressure off him
to carry the Magic.

"Drew gives us that low-post presence we were lacking,''
McGrady said. "He can rebound and defend. Gordan gives us a lot of
everything. Those guys are helping us in a lot of ways and it's
showing on the court.''

Davis and rookie Dajuan Wagner had 14 points apiece as Cleveland
lost for the eighth time in nine games.

With the Cavs down by 33 points in the fourth, some fans began
chanting "Here We Go, Brownies'' and one yelled, "Where's
LeBron?'' as Cleveland dropped to 8-21 at home.

"This is the way things have been going around here for the
last two years,'' Darius Miles said. "We have to try and turn it
around. All we have left is to try and knock some teams out of the
playoff and just have fun.''

McGrady, the NBA's leading scorer averaging 31.3 points, was
content to make passes as his teammates blew it open in the third.

However, the All-Star guard put an exclamation point on
Orlando's spurt by draining consecutive 3-pointers to put the Magic
ahead 79-52 with 3:15 remaining.

"We wanted to come out aggressive,'' McGrady said. "A team
that has a record as bad as the Cavs have, if you come out and jump
them right away, they tend to fold and don't want to play no
more.''

Rivers said it may have been the best third quarter in his
three-plus seasons in Orlando.

"It was an amazing quarter because it was so simple,'' he said.
"All we did was pick-and-roll and hit open guys. Whenever we can
get someone else going, and T. Mac is on the floor, it helps the
whole team.''

McGrady missed two dunks but was still 6-of-9 from the floor and
scored 16 points and added five assists in the first half to give
Orlando a 49-45 lead at halftime.

Game notes
Cavs G Milt Palacio sprained his left index finger late in
the third quarter and didn't return. ... Cavs C DeSagana Diop stole
the ball from Magic G Jacque Vaughn near mid-court in the second
quarter and the 7-foot, 300-pounder rumbled in for an uncontested
dunk. ... While arguing that Davis wasn't in the act of shooting in
the first half, Rivers told an official, "He's not looking to pass
on any play.'' ... Smart said the club has not yet decided how it
will fill its open roster spot, created when guard Bimbo Coles was
waived Friday. ... McGrady has been the Magic's leading scorer the
past 14 games and in the last 29 games he has played in.