Orlando Magic Team Report – February 19
=== Orlando Magic Team Report – February 19 ===
(Sports Network) – Tracy McGrady topped the 40-point mark for the second
straight game, as his 43 points led the Orlando Magic to a 90-77 victory over
the Utah Jazz at TD Waterhouse Centre on Wednesday.
McGrady, who needs only 12 points for 10,000 in his career, also pulled down
eight rebounds, while Juwan Howard netted 20 and grabbed nine boards. Gordan
Giricek came off the bench to chip in 15 as the Magic snapped an eight-game
losing streak. McGrady poured in 41 points in Tuesday’s loss to Milwaukee.
Howard hit a jumper with 4 1/2 minutes into the third to put Orlando up by 11
at 48-37. The Jazz fought back with an 8-2 run over the next 2 1/2 minutes,
sparked by a fadeaway baseline jump shot from DeShawn Stevenson, to only trail
McGrady answered Utah’s run by scoring Orlando’s next 10 points, as the Magic
eventually built a 63-48 advantage with 2:11 left in the quarter. Giricek hit
a layup with only a few seconds remaining to give the Magic a 68-53 lead at
the end of three.
McGrady hit a hook shot in the lane with eight minutes left in the game to put
the Magic up 77-60, but the Jazz went on a 9-0 run, capped by a Andrei
Kirilenko three-pointer from the baseline, to get within 77-69.
However, that was the closest Utah got, as Howard followed with a jumper from
the elbow and McGrady converted a layup on Orlando’s next possession to give
the Magic a 14-point advantage with 3:56 left.
The Magic are off until Friday when they host the Denver Nuggets.