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McGrady gets suspension

Magic forward sits out Atlanta game for shoving 76ers' Snow in the face.

By Compiled from Times wires

© St. Petersburg Times, published November 5, 2000

NEW YORK -- The Magic's Tracy McGrady was suspended for one game and fined $7,500 by the league on Saturday for shoving Eric Snow of the Philadelphia 76ers in the face.

The altercation took place Friday night in the 76ers' 87-80 victory at Orlando.

Snow, who fouled McGrady in the act of shooting, put his hand to McGrady's chest after the guards exchanged words. Both were ejected.

"I let my team down," McGrady said. "It was my fault. I'll take the blame."

Only McGrady drew a suspension. He had to sit out the Magic's game Saturday night at Atlanta.

Snow was fined $2,500 by NBA vice president of basketball operations Stu Jackson.

The Hawks were winless going into the game with the Magic. Without 7-foot-2 center Dikembe Mutombo, they have been in limbo.

Mutombo, a major defensive presence, missed the first two games of the season recovering from a bout of malaria, and the Hawks lost both by a combined total of 49 points.

Atlanta scored 35 points after halftime in a 106-82 opening-night loss to Charlotte and followed up with a dismal 28-point second half in Thursday's 94-69 setback against the New York Knicks.

"(Mutombo is) a big factor," Hawks first-year coach Lon Kruger said. "There's not many people in the league like him, especially on the defensive end."

Forward Alan Henderson was the Hawks' leading scorer in both games, following up a 23-point performance in the opener with 18 points against the Knicks.

The Magic lost its previous two after a season-opening victory against Washington.

McGrady, acquired in a sign-and-trade deal with Toronto during the summer, scored 32 points in his Orlando debut but had 16 in losses to Miami and Philadelphia.

Grant Hill, hobbled by the left ankle he broke just before last season's playoffs, sat out the game. He missed the Miami game but played against Philadelphia, scoring 18 points. He rode an exercise bike while not in the game to keep the joint loose but was scoreless in the fourth quarter.

- SportsTicker contributed to this report.

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