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Tonight: Magic vs. Wizards

By JAMAL THALJI, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published December 20, 2001

WHEN/WHERE: 7:30 p.m.; TD Waterhouse Centre, Orlando.

TV: Sunshine.

MAGIC REPORT: What else can go wrong? With F Grant Hill gone for the season, the Magic has to somehow replace 16.8 points, 4.6 assists and a team-leading 8.9 rebounds a game. F Tracy McGrady flew Wednesday to Atlanta to consult a specialist about his recurring lower back injury. PG Darrell Armstrong almost made it to the injured list last week. He must heal quickly and hope returning rookie of the year G Mike Miller can help him carry the scoring load.

WIZARDS REPORT: After looking hapless through an eight-game losing streak, Washington has won 10 of 13. No surprise, G Michael Jordan leads the Wizards with 23.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 1.73 steals a game. But the key to Washington's turnaround has been the added scoring touch of G Richard Hamilton (20.3 ppg) and the defensive presence of rookie big man Brendan Haywood (2 bpg).

SCALPER ALERT: This game nearly sold out as soon as tickets became available in the offseason. The TD Waterhouse Centre holds 17,248.

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