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McGrady sparks romp over Bulls

©Associated Press
March 4, 2003

CHICAGO -- The Bulls kept Tracy McGrady under his average Monday night, but the NBA's leading scorer still controlled the game.

McGrady shot 6-of-19 but scored 26 -- eight in the final 4:45 -- tied his career high with 13 assists and had nine rebounds as the Magic prevailed 104-89 for its sixth win in seven games.

"It's not about me going out and trying to score 30 or 40 points. I'm just trying to get the win. I'm sacrificing when they double (team)," McGrady said.

Pat Garrity added 21, Gordon Giricek 18, Darrell Armstrong 14 and Drew Gooden 13 for the Magic. As they have done since joining the Magic in a trade from Memphis, rookies Gooden and Giricek provided a spark. The Magic is 5-1 since acquiring the two.

KINGS 107, SIXERS 99: Chris Webber had 29 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists as host Sacramento snapped Philadelphia's season-best nine-game winning streak. Allen Iverson had 35 points, five rebounds, five steals and four assists to lead the Sixers.

CELTICS 111, GRIZZLIES 110: Paul Pierce, who missed Boston's past two games with lower-back pain, scored 31 and had 13 rebounds to lead the visitors. Pau Gasol led seven Grizzlies in double figures with 23 points.

Clippers fire coach

LOS ANGELES -- Alvin Gentry's roster of young, talented players just kept losing, and that cost him his job as coach of the Clippers.

Gentry was fired Monday with 24 games left in another disappointing season (19-39). Assistant Dennis Johnson replaced him for Monday night's game against New Orleans.

"With Alvin, he was just too nice," team vice president Elgin Baylor said. "Dennis' personality is totally different."

HEAT: Guard Eddie Jones reinjured his troublesome right ankle and likely will be sidelined several weeks.

PISTONS: Center Zeljko Rebraca might quit because of an irregular heartbeat that has sidelined him for more than two months. Visiting in Belgrade, Rebraca, 31, said he was considering heart surgery after consulting with doctors in the United States and Italy.

JORDAN HONORED: Michael Jordan, 40, won Eastern Conference player of the week honors, averaging 24.5 points, 8.3 rebounds and 4.8 assists last week.

BASKETBALL HALL OF FAME: Earl Lloyd, the first black player in the NBA; Forrest Anderson, who led Bradley and Michigan State to NCAA and NIT finals; and sporting goods executive Grady Lewis were nominated by the veterans committee for a second year.

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