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Knicks halt McGrady, Magic in OT

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© St. Petersburg Times, published January 5, 2001


NEW YORK -- Marcus Camby had 22 points and 12 rebounds, but his biggest contribution was playing defensive stopper against Tracy McGrady as the New York Knicks defeated the Orlando Magic 95-92 in overtime Thursday night.

The Knicks held their opponent below 100 points for the 27th consecutive game -- one shy of the NBA record -- and Camby was a big reason why. Defending McGrady one-on-one on the perimeter for much of the second half and overtime, Camby forced Orlando's leading scorer to miss three shots and commit a turnover on four of the Magic's final five possessions.

McGrady finished with 36 points, 20 of which came in the first half before Camby was switched onto him defensively. McGrady scored the Magic's first six points of overtime but was shut out the rest of the way as the Knicks extended their longest winning streak of the season to six games.

Allan Houston led New York with 24 points and seven assists..

Darrell Armstrong scored 15 for the Magic, who dropped to 0-5 this season when playing on national television.

HEAT 81, NETS 78: Anthony Mason had 18 points and 13 rebounds as Miami pushed its home winning streak to five games. Stephon Marbury had 27 points for the Nets, who have lost eight of their past nine.

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