Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 2/25

Game 1: Tuesday, February 25th
Game 2: Saturday, April 5th

Magic 90

(39-37, 15-22 away)

Mavericks 108


    Coverage: FSSW

    7:30 PM ET, April 5, 2003

    American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX

    1 2 3 4 T
    ORL 20 22 31 1790
    DAL 33 30 30 15108

    Top Performers

    Orl: G. Giricek 18 Pts, 6 Reb, 4 Ast, 3 Stl

    Dal: S. Nash 28 Pts, 3 Reb, 11 Ast

    Magic no match for Mavs with injured McGrady

    DALLAS (AP) -- The Dallas Mavericks didn't expect to see Tracy McGrady. So, when the Orlando Magic star checked into the game, the Mavericks made sure he wasn't a big factor.

     Steve Nash
     Dirk Nowitzki

    "We found out that he wasn't going to play before the game," Dallas' Steve Nash said after the Mavericks' 108-90 victory Saturday night. "But when he came out, we were a little surprised."

    McGrady didn't start because of a strained rib muscle on his right side. The team announced before the game that the NBA's leading scorer wasn't going to play Saturday.

    And the Mavericks took advantage by jumping out to a 28-9 lead 8½ minutes into the game.

    But McGrady, who wore a protective wrap around his rib area, checked in with 3:55 left in the first quarter. After hitting a 3-pointer to pull Orlando within 30-18 late in the opening quarter, McGrady missed his next eight shots.

    McGrady, who scored 30 or more points in 14 consecutive games, was 3-of-14 for 12 points in 25 minutes before sitting out the fourth quarter. McGrady also had his franchise-record streak of 45 straight games of scoring 20 points or more snapped.

    McGrady, who was injured in Tuesday's 118-105 loss to San Antonio, was getting X-rays after the game and did not speak to reporters.

    "I decided to let him play as long as he was moving freely," Orlando coach Doc Rivers said. "But if I saw him wince, I was going to take him out."

    Dirk Nowitzki scored 29 points and Steve Nash added 28 as Dallas retained its lead in the Western Conference. The Mavericks (57-19) hold a one-game advantage over San Antonio in the race for the top record in the conference and the Midwest Division.

    Dallas also equaled its club record for victories in a season, which it originally set last year.

    The Magic completes a three-game road trip Sunday against Houston.

    "Yeah, we hope so," Rivers said about McGrady's playing status Sunday. "We can't afford to have him out because we're just not good enough."

    The Mavericks, who led by 21 at halftime, extended their lead to 78-50 on Nash's 3-pointer with 7:26 remaining in the third. The Magic got no closer than 14 the rest of the way as Dallas emptied its bench in the fourth quarter.

    "It's never easy to get a big lead, and it is sometimes harder to maintain it," Dallas coach Don Nelson said. "We were able to do it, but it was pretty ugly in the fourth quarter. I'm just happy we got the win and won it decisively."

    Gordon Giricek led Orlando with 18 points, Jacque Vaughn added a season-high 16, and Darrell Armstrong had 15.

    Raef LaFrentz and Raja Bell each scored 11 points for the Mavericks.

    Powered by Nowitzki's 22 first-half points, Dallas jumped out to a 63-42 halftime lead.

    "We were able to get off to a good start, and that carried us a long way," LaFrentz said.

    Nowitzki scored 12 points, and LaFrentz had nine as the Mavericks took a 25-9 lead before McGrady came in.

    "We knew Tracy wasn't 100 percent," Nowitzki said. "So we wanted to put them away early."

    Armstrong's layup with 11:06 left in the first half brought Orlando within 33-24, but that was the closest it got after the first quarter.

    But the Mavericks outscored the Magic 23-7 over the next eight minutes to build a 56-31 lead. Nowitzki capped the run with a basket and 3-point play.

    Game notes
    Dallas ends the regular season with a game at San Antonio on April 16. The Spurs lead the season-series 2-1. ... Dallas' Michael Finley missed his eighth consecutive game Saturday night because a strained left hamstring. ... Orlando's Jeryl Sasser, a Dallas native, was scoreless in 21 minutes. ... The Magic's magic number to clinch a playoff berth is three.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 90 108
    FGM-FGA 33-75 (.440) 42-85 (.494)
    3PM-3PA 5-19 (.263) 11-23 (.478)
    FTM-FTA 19-26 (.731) 13-17 (.765)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 10-45 9-39
    Assists 17 29
    Turnovers 21 16
    Steals 10 10
    Blocks 2 3
    Fast Break Points 4 4
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 16 (0/0) 20 (2/0)

    Top Performers

    Gordan Giricek Giricek
    Points: 18
    Reb: 6
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 0
    Steve Nash Nash
    Points: 28
    Reb: 3
    Ast: 11
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0