Final / OT

Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 4)

Series starts 10/29

Game 1: Wednesday, October 29th
Game 2: Monday, November 3rd
Game 3: Monday, December 29th
Game 4: Wednesday, January 14th

Magic 85

(1-0, 1-0 away)

Knicks 83

(0-1, 0-1 home)

    Coverage: MSG

    8:00 PM ET, October 29, 2003

    Madison Square Garden, New York, NY

    1 2 3 4 OT T
    ORL 17 17 17 22 1285
    NY 19 15 25 14 1083

    Top Performers

    Orl: T. McGrady 26 Pts, 4 Reb, 6 Ast, 1 Stl, 3 Blk

    NY: K. Van Horn 29 Pts, 8 Reb, 1 Stl

    Orlando surges with 15-point run in regulation, OT

    NEW YORK (AP) -- For three quarters, Tracy McGrady struggled while Keith Van Horn looked like an All-Star.

    That all changed in a flash.

    McGrady scored half of his 26 points in the fourth quarter and overtime to rally the Orlando Magic to a season-opening 85-83 victory over the New York Knicks on Wednesday night.

    Orlando forced overtime with a 10-0 run over the final 3:55 of regulation. The Magic made it a 15-point spurt by scoring the first five points of the extra session -- punctuated by McGrady's 3-pointer with 3:42 left.

    "I told the guys if we took this to overtime I was going to take over," McGrady said.

    That's what Van Horn did in his Knicks debut. He scored 29 points and grabbed eight rebounds before fouling out when New York held a 73-69 lead with 34 seconds left in regulation.

    Even McGrady took a brief shot at defending Van Horn, who is two inches taller.

    "We couldn't find anyone to guard him. It's a good thing he got his sixth foul," McGrady said. "He looked like an All-Star."

    The Knicks rallied, too, in overtime scoring six straight points to take a 79-78 lead on Kurt Thomas' turnaround jumper.

    Tyronn Lue responded with a 3-pointer that made it 81-79, and McGrady then blocked Allan Houston's jumper. That sent Gordan Giricek to a fastbreak basket and three-point play that made it 84-79 with 1:46 remaining.

    The Knicks had one last chance as Lue missed two free throws with 17 seconds left. But Howard Eisley and Thomas both missed shots during the game's final possession. Thomas' short 3-point try at the buzzer grazed the bottom of the net.

    McGrady scored seven points during the fourth-quarter spurt, including the tying basket with 0.5 seconds left. He drove to the lane and shoveled a pass to Juwan Howard, who clanked a shot off the rim. McGrady out-tapped Thomas for the rebound and scooped the ball in to tie it at 73.

    "They kept believing. I didn't have to convince them," Magic coach Doc Rivers said.

    Houston missed a fallaway jumper as the fourth-quarter buzzer sounded. He finished with 10 points as he gets back in shape following offseason knee surgery.

    "It definitely affected me mentally, not physically," Houston said. "I have to work through it. It won't take long."

    Van Horn didn't make New York fans forget favorite Latrell Sprewell, who he was traded for during the offseason, but he quickly turned lukewarm cheers into full-throated ones.

    "I was excited to come in here and show the Knick fans what I can do," Van Horn said. "I wanted to come out and let my game speak for myself."

    McGrady looked like he'd fall well behind his 32.1 scoring average of last season when he led the NBA. Drew Gooden was next for the Magic with 16 points, and Howard had 10 rebounds.

    Thomas had 10 points and 15 rebounds for New York.

    McGrady drilled a 3-pointer with 1:03 left and made both free throws after Van Horn fouled out to bring Orlando within 73-71.

    Dikembe Mutombo also drew cheers from the sellout crowd. He provided sorely needed size for the Knicks, who have missed the playoffs the last two seasons.

    Mutombo, the NBA's active leader in blocked shots, recorded his first with New York late in the third quarter when he knocked away Andrew DeClercq's try and followed it up with his signature finger wag.

    Orlando trailed by eight points at the start of the fourth, but trimmed the deficit to 61-56 on two free throws by McGrady with 9:13 left.

    Van Horn's only fourth-quarter basket was a dunk with 4:20 left that gave the Knicks a 71-63 lead.

    "He did a great job of setting the tone," Houston said. "He played hard, he played aggressive, and his shot fell for him which was good."

    Game notes

    Former Knicks star Dave DeBusschere, who died during the offseason, was honored with a moment of silence. His retired jersey No. 22 that hangs from the rafters was replaced with a blue banner for the season instead of white. ... The teams combined to go 3-13 in the preseason. Orlando was 1-7. ... Mutombo sent Magic players to the floor twice in the third quarter while fighting for rebounds that became jump balls. McGrady got up limping after the first.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 85 83
    FGM-FGA 32-87 (.368) 32-80 (.400)
    3PM-3PA 5-20 (.250) 5-16 (.313)
    FTM-FTA 16-29 (.552) 14-17 (.824)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 12-44 8-48
    Assists 17 20
    Turnovers 17 27
    Steals 11 8
    Blocks 4 6
    Fast Break Points 3 1
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 18 (1/0) 22 (2/0)

    Top Performers

    New York
    Tracy McGrady McGrady
    Points: 26
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 6
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 3
    Keith Van Horn Van Horn
    Points: 29
    Reb: 8
    Ast: 0
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0