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Hawks can't handle Magic

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December 1, 2002

ORLANDO -- Tracy McGrady was so good in the second and third quarters, he earned the final 12 minutes off.

McGrady had 28 points and six assists, and Mike Miller scored 22 Saturday night as the Magic routed the Hawks 117-92. Orlando shot 52 percent from the field and led by as many as 38.

The Magic and Hawks traded jump shots for the first quarter and a half, and Orlando led 48-45 before McGrady got going. He scored eight straight for Orlando as the Magic closed the second quarter with a 21-5 run for a 69-50 lead.

McGrady finished the half with 19 points and three assists, including one to Pat Garrity for a 3-pointer at the halftime buzzer.

The onslaught continued in the third as the Magic made its first eight field-goal attempts to push the advantage to 31 points. McGrady again led the way, hitting three jump shots and a dunk. His fallaway 20-footer made it 86-55 with 7:10 left in the third.

"Our concern with a big halftime lead was that our young guys would go showtime on us," coach Doc Rivers said. "We didn't and that was great. We stayed locked in and focused. I think our guys knew they were playing a tired basketball team and if they could come out and make a good run to start the third quarter, they could put them away."

Atlanta, playing its fourth game in five nights, was a tired team. The Hawks shot 37 percent the first three quarters.

"The Magic were a lot sharper, a lot quicker, a lot more explosive," coach Lon Kruger said. "They are tough to play any night, but when they push the ball like they did tonight and have great spacing, they're a great team."

The Hawks were led by reserve Dion Glover's 18 points. Glenn Robinson, their leading scorer, scored only 13.

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76ERS 95, WIZARDS 94: Michael Jordan made his first start of the season but could not come up with one last clutch effort for host Washington, which has lost six straight.

Jordan had an offensive rebound, assist and blocked shot in the final minute, but his pass to Bryon Russell with five seconds left was stolen.

Allen Iverson scored 35, including 10 in the fourth, and Eric Snow added 16 for Philadelphia, which has won six in a row.

Jerry Stackhouse kept the Wizards in the game, scoring 25 of 38 in the second half. Jordan scored 16 on 8-for-20 shooting in a season-high 37 minutes.

KNICKS 92, HORNETS 86 (OT): Allan Houston recovered from a scoreless second half to hit a clinching 12-foot jumper with 13 seconds left for host New York. Houston finished with 20 points.

Othella Harrington had season highs of 17 points and 14 rebounds, and Latrell Sprewell scored 19 for the Knicks, who won despite losing a 12-point lead in the final five minutes of regulation. Jamal Mashburn had 20 points, 9 assists, 7 rebounds and 4 steals for the Hornets, who dropped to 2-5 on the road.

New York's Kurt Thomas tied it at 80 with 26.1 seconds left in regulation, then blocked a shot by Baron Davis. Shandon Anderson missed a 12-footer at the buzzer.

CAVALIERS: Coach John Lucas said he suspended Ricky Davis for his on-court outburst against teammate Tyrone Hill.

Davis, Cleveland's leading scorer, sat out at Miami and will miss Monday's game at New York. Davis yelled at Hill during the third quarter of Friday night's loss to the 76ers, and Lucas benched Davis the rest of the game.

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