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McGrady has trouble breathing

By Associated Press
Published October 15, 2003

ORLANDO - Magic guard Tracy McGrady is having trouble breathing because of pleurisy, an inflammation of the lungs.

The league's top scorer last year said after practice Tuesday that he has had shortness of breath and pain the past two weeks.

"I could just be sitting in my bed and find myself having trouble breathing," he said.

But he played Tuesday night in an 89-84 preseason loss to visiting New Orleans, playing 26 minutes and getting 10 points, eight assists and five rebounds.

McGrady sat out the past two preseason games with a sore hip. He is taking anti-inflammatory medication and expects the condition to fade within a few days.

In the game, Baron Davis had 20 points and six assists to lead the Hornets, who lost backup shooting guard Courtney Alexander to a torn Achilles' tendon in the fourth quarter.

NETS 90, SIXERS 88: Larry Lewis made two free throws with 12.3 seconds left in overtime as host New Jersey remained unbeaten in the preseason despite the absence of Jason Kidd, who elected not to play in the first three games.

HEAT 99, SPURS 98: Lamar Odom scored 31 and got the winning basket on a goaltending call as host Miami improved to 4-0. Odom, signed as a free agent during the offseason, also had 14 rebounds and five assists. Eddie Jones added 23 points.

GRIZZLIES 101, WIZARDS 85: Wesley Person scored 10 of his 17 in the third quarter when host Memphis, starting the second half with its reserves, broke it open with 21-2 run.

BULLS 103, PACERS 96 (OT): Jamal Crawford scored seven of his 31 in overtime as Chicago won at home. Indiana had tied the game with 4.7 seconds remaining on a three-point play by Michael Smith.

JAZZ 81, KNICKS 65: Andrei Kirilenko scored 17 and Raja Bell 12 at Boise, Idaho, as Utah kept New York winless in five exhibition games. Keith Van Horn led the Knicks with 19 points and eight rebounds.

SONICS 110, BLAZERS 91: Rashard Lewis and Ray Allen each scored 17 to lead visiting Seattle. Jeff Mcinnis had 16 and nine assists, Rasheed Wallace 15 and eight rebounds for the Blazers.

ROCKETS 82, KINGS 78: Steve Francis scored 29 as visiting Houston snapped a four-game losing streak with its first exhibition win.

CELTICS: Guard Mateen Cleaves was released after appearing in one preseason game and scoring one point in six minutes.

SONICS: Rookie forward Nick Collison had successful surgery to repair his dislocated left shoulder but will miss the season.

AT BAT FOR BROOKLYN: Brooklyn basketball greats including Connie Hawkins and World B. Free joined real estate developer Bruce Ratner to support his bid to buy the Nets and move them across the Hudson and East rivers.

"Brooklyn Nets! Let's go!" said Free, who grew up in the borough's Brownsville neighborhood before a 13-year NBA career.

SPURS MEET BUSH: President Bush honored the Spurs for winning the NBA title four months ago. "I think you're champs because you understand that serving something greater than yourself is the road to championships," he said in a Rose Garden ceremony.

[Last modified October 15, 2003, 01:33:50]

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