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McGrady scores 52, sits for fourth

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February 22, 2003


ORLANDO -- Tracy McGrady's first step in getting over the departure of friend and teammate Mike Miller was to score a career-high 52 points. And he did it without playing the fourth quarter.

McGrady dedicated his effort to Miller, who was traded to Memphis on Wednesday for Drew Gooden and Gordan Giricek. McGrady meshed well with his new teammates as Orlando rolled to a 110-96 victory Friday night.

"This was for my boy," said McGrady, who paused before adding, "I've got to get over that."

Coach Doc Rivers seemed to have moved on quicker than McGrady.

"I asked T-Mac after the game if he had any more friends," Rivers said, laughing. "If that's what he's going to do every night, we're going to trade 'em all."

McGrady was 15-of-32 from the field and 16-for-20 from the line to eclipse the 50 he scored last season against Washington. Shaquille O'Neal set the franchise record of 53 in 1993-94. McGrady also was a point short of Allan Houston's NBA season-high.

"I was just feeling it tonight," McGrady said. "When I get it rolling like that, get me the ball because I can make a lot of things happen. ... I just felt like I couldn't miss."

Gooden shot 11-of-16 from the field for 22 points, and Giricek added 15 points. Jay Williams led Chicago with 20 points.

More history for MJ

WASHINGTON -- Four days after turning 40, Michael Jordan scored 43 points in 43 minutes. He became the first 40-year-old in league history to score 40 or more, also hitting the winning shot as the Wizards beat the Nets 89-86.

Already the oldest player to score 40, Jordan made 18-of-30 and 7 of 8 free throws. His driving layup with 34 seconds left put the Wizards ahead 87-86.

"I told the guys I've got 28 games left; I'm going down with no bullets," Jordan said. "It's the end of my career, and I don't want to see it end in a negative way. I want to see it end positive. I want to have fun."

Jerry Stackhouse, an 87 percent free-throw shooter who was 0-for-4 from the line to that point, made a pair to end scoring. Richard Jefferson scored 25 to lead New Jersey.

76ERS 119, CAVS 99: Allen Iverson matched a season high with 41 points for Philadelphia, which won its 15th straight against Cleveland. Keith Van Horn added 22 points for the Sixers, who improved to 7-1 in their past eight road games. Zydrunas Ilgauskas had 19 points and Ricky Davis 16 for the Cavs, who have lost five straight and dropped to a league-worst 10-45.

WOLVES 103, PISTONS 96: Kevin Garnett had 34 points and 16 rebounds as Minnesota set a franchise record with 13 consecutive home wins. Chauncey Billups led Detroit's second-half surge, finishing with 23 points and seven assists. Consecutive 3-pointers from Jon Barry made it 89-83, and Billups scored seven straight to pull the Pistons within 95-94 with 1:37 left. Garnett had his league-best 44th double double by halftime, with 11 points and 10 rebounds.

HORNETS 125, GRIZZLIES 123 (OT): Jamal Mashburn ended a 50-point performance by sinking a short jumper with one second left in overtime for host New Orleans. In tying his career high and setting a franchise record for points in a game, Mashburn shot 17-of-33 and hit all 12 free throws. The win spoiled a strong debut for Miller, who led Memphis with 23 points off the bench. Wesley Person's 3 with 16 seconds left sent it to overtime for Memphis.

SONICS 88, BUCKS 58: Brent Barry, replacing the traded Gary Payton at point guard, had a career-high 16 assists and 16 points for host Seattle. Tim Thomas scored 17 to lead the Bucks, who will debut Payton today in Portland.

WARRIORS 111, KNICKS 107: Antawn Jamison scored 31 and hit the go-ahead shot with 55 seconds left for host Golden State. Kurt Thomas scored 32 for the Knicks.

LAKERS 92, BLAZERS 84: Kobe Bryant scored 40 to lead host Los Angeles. Bonzi Wells led Portland with 25 points and Rasheed Wallace added 23.

MAVS 100, ROCKETS 85: Dirk Nowitzki had 34 points and 11 rebounds for visiting Dallas, which completed a season sweep of Houston. The Mavericks used a 14-2 run in the second to take a 49-45 halftime lead, keeping the pace in the third for a 75-66 at the end. Steve Francis led Houston with 19 points.

RAPTORS 92, SUNS 89: Antonio Davis had 22 points, including the final four, for host Toronto. Shawn Marion went 3-for-19 from the field and finished with eight points for the Suns, who are 1-4 since the All-Star break. Rookie Amare Stoudemire did not start for Phoenix because he violated an unspecified team rule.

CELTICS: Forward Ruben Wolkowyski was waived, freeing the Argentinian to sign in Europe.

WIZARDS: Salt Lake City police are investigating center Jahidi White after a woman accused him of sexual misconduct, the team said. A complaint was filed by the woman after the Wizards' Feb. 14 road game against Utah. No charges have been filed. Also, guard Larry Hughes, team's third-leading scorer, is expected to miss three weeks with a sprained ankle.

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