ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Miami's game plan against Tracy McGrady
worked -- but only for 19 minutes.
McGrady didn't have a field goal and scored only three points in
the first 19 minutes, but he finished with 36 points and nine
assists Wednesday night as the Magic rolled to a 109-93 win over
The Heat's plan against the NBA's leading scorer was basic:
double-team him every time he touched the ball and make somebody
else beat them.
"I saw something in Tracy McGrady that I haven't seen in a
player all year,'' Heat coach Pat Riley said. "He made everybody
on his team better. Our game plan was to take him out of the
offense and he still got 36 points.''
"I was just moving the ball and trusting my teammates,''
McGrady said. "Miami was doubling me and my guys were knocking
down shots. I was just making the game easy.''
McGrady was content for a while to be the playmaker for
teammates Pat Garrity and Gordan Giricek, who each had 18 points.
Garrity hit four 3-pointers and Giricek two as the Magic went
12-for-30 from downtown.
"The points that Garrity and Giricek got, a lot of it was
attributed to McGrady hitting guys with passes right on the
numbers,'' Riley said. "He was so patient. He never forced it. He
kept getting off the ball because he knew his shots would come.
That, to me, is a guy who really has a handle on the game.''
The Heat, who lost their fourth straight and seventh in their
last eight games, were led by Caron Butler's 20 points.
Butler, matched up with McGrady at both ends of the floor, had
17 points in the first half and at one point had outscored McGrady
14-3. However, the rookie was held scoreless in the third period,
and his only field goal in the second half was a 3-pointer after
McGrady had left the game.
"I thought Caron was phenomenal, he's going to be a heck of a
player,'' Magic coach Doc Rivers said. "But T-Mac (McGrady) was
just great. I really like what he did tonight. He didn't force the
shots at all. He hit the open man and made them pay for
double-teaming him. When they quit double-teaming him, he got
McGrady scored 10 straight in a 1:40 span to give the Magic a
50-43 lead with 3:18 left in the second quarter. He finished the
half with 15 points as Orlando held a 59-50 lead.
Orlando built the margin to 88-76 by the end of the third
quarter before putting the game away with a 15-4 run to start the
fourth. McGrady had five points in the run and Garrity finished it
with a 3-pointer that made it 99-80 with 6:53 left.
McGrady hit 11 of 18 shots from the field and all 10 of his free
throws. He also had a team-high seven turnovers in 38 minutes.
Magic forward Drew Gooden suffered a sprained big toe on
his right foot and left the game with five minutes left in the
second quarter. Gooden did not return. ... Heat forward Malik Allen
didn't start for the first time this season. He was replaced by
Vladimir Stepania. Allen played as a reserve and scored 12 points
with six rebounds. ... Before the game, the Magic activated F
Olumide Oyedeji and placed F Pat Burke on the injured list with
patella tendinitis. Burke has played only twice in the last 12
games, scoring six points in eight minutes of action.