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McGrady takes charge in win

©Associated Press
November 3, 2002

MILWAUKEE -- Tracy McGrady helped the Magic make it look as if the Bucks were the ones playing their fourth game in five nights.

McGrady scored 47 points Saturday night as the Magic snapped an eight-game losing streak at the Bradley Center with a 100-90 victory.

McGrady came within three points of his career high of 50, set against Washington last season.

Grant Hill, coming back from a foot injury that sidelined him for most of the past two seasons, scored two in 10 minutes and didn't come out for the second half as a precaution. He played 33 minutes Friday in Minnesota, and doctors want him to play no more than 30 minutes.

A night after Kevin Garnett hounded him into a 6-for-15 shooting night, McGrady found Milwaukee's soft defense more to his liking.

"He was sensational," Magic coach Doc Rivers said. "With a great player, you know what's going to happen after a bad game. But we weren't counting on 47."

He scored 28 points in the first half and accounted for all but two points in Orlando's 18-8 run that gave the Magic a 52-44 halftime lead.

McGrady sank a 3-pointer over a defenseless Ray Allen, completed a three-point play when he was fouled by Allen, then sank 3-pointers over Jason Caffey and Anthony Mason in the run.

The only points that McGrady didn't have in Orlando's run came on Pat Burke's breakaway basket after Sam Cassell's ill-advised jumper.

McGrady made 16 of 29 shots, including 6-of-9 from 3-point range, and all nine of his free throws.

"Coming off a bad game in Minnesota, I came in here with a different mentality," he said. "I wanted the ball and to make sure we got the W."

Mike Miller added 15 points and Pat Garrity 13 for the Magic, who led by as many as 24 in the third quarter.

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