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McGrady's 46 fetter Nets

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February 24, 2003


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Two days after watching 40-year-old Michael Jordan become the oldest player to score 40 in a game, the Nets were burned by one of the league's young stars -- Tracy McGrady.

McGrady had 46 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds in his second big game since Orlando traded Mike Miller, and the Magic won its third in a row 113-105 Sunday.

"Michael scoring 43 at 40 years old, that's more impressive," McGrady said in rating his performance versus Jordan's.

What McGrady did against the defending Eastern Conference champions two days after his career-best 52 points against Chicago also was impressive.

"He's a talented guy." said fellow All-Star guard Jason Kidd, who posted his third triple double of the season and 49th of his career in leading the Nets with 26 points, 15 assists and 11 rebounds. "He can do it all."

McGrady, who leads the league in scoring with 31.4 points, made 16-of-27 and got all teammates involved in posting the second triple double of his career.

The Magic needs a big finish from the 23-year-old to make the playoffs. Orlando has a one-game lead over the Wizards for East's final playoff berth.

Gordon Giricek and Drew Gooden, who were acquired in the deal that sent Miller and Ryan Humphrey to Memphis on Thursday, added 15 points each. Pat Garrity scored 14, including the first seven in a 17-0 fourth-quarter run that McGrady capped with the final 10.

Kobe's streak continues

LOS ANGELES -- Kobe Bryant had 41 points to extend his streak of scoring at least 40 to nine straight games as the Lakers beat the SuperSonics 106-101. Bryant equaled the streak of Michael Jordan from 1986-87 season.

The only player with longer streaks of 40 or more points is Wilt Chamberlain. The league's fourth-leading career scorer, Chamberlain accomplished the feat 14 straight games twice in the 1961-62 season and in 10 straight the next season.

Bryant shot 13-of-34 and made 14 of 16 free throws. He missed his last six, but made two free throws with 23.6 seconds left to push him over 40. The Lakers, who have won four straight and 11 of 13, moved past Phoenix into seventh in the West.

In his first start with the Sonics, Ray Allen had 26 points, 13 rebounds and nine assists.

MAVS 106, WIZARDS 101 (OT): Michael Jordan caught the ball with the score tied and two seconds left. He dribbled right against a double team and got off an 18-footer. The ball hit the back of the rim and came out. Coach Doug Collins buried his face in the scorers' table. The game went to overtime, where visiting Dallas prevailed.

"I thought I made it," Jordan said. "I got exactly what I wanted. I had a great look, hit the back of the rim."

Two days after scoring 43 in a win over New Jersey, Jordan got 30 as the Wizards came close to a Friday-Sunday sweep of first-place teams. For the first time this season, they failed to win when Jordan scored 30 or more. Dirk Nowitzki had 29 points and 10 rebounds as the Mavericks won their sixth straight.

SIXERS 116, CAVS 103: Allen Iverson scored 23 and Derrick Coleman added 20 points and 13 rebounds for host Philadelphia, which won its sixth straight. The Sixers moved to a tie with Boston for fourth in the East. Dajuan Wagner scored 23 for Cleveland. Also, Philadelphia center Todd MacCulloch was diagnosed with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, a neurological disorder that damages the peripheral nerves. He will see a specialist today; his return is uncertain.

KINGS 99, KNICKS 92: Chris Webber, out for 10 games because of a badly sprained ankle, made a successful return with 20 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists for host Sacramento. New York missed its first 15 3-pointers and finished 2-for-21. Kurt Thomas scored 17 for the Knicks.

WARRIORS 115, HAWKS 93: Jason Richardson scored 20, and Gilbert Arenas had 18 points and six assists for host Golden State. Shareef Abdur-Rahim had 23 points and 14 rebounds for Atlanta, which lost for the sixth time in eight games. The Hawks were missing their second-leading scorer, Nazr Mohammed, who may have a broken foot.

WOLVES 99, SUNS 97: Wally Szczerbiak scored a season-high 30 and Kevin Garnett added 24 points, 15 rebounds and six assists for host Minnesota. Trailing 97-82 with 5:41 left, Phoenix went on a 15-2 run. But Casey Jacobsen's 3-point attempt with 4.9 seconds left went off the rim.

HEAT: Rookie forward Caron Butler was expected to spend a second night in a Coral Gables hospital with flulike symptoms.

LAKERS: Coach Phil Jackson is scheduled to have a kidney stone removed today. He should return Tuesday against the Clippers.

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