Thursday , Mar , 11 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Magic McGrady drops 62 in win over Washington

Orlando, FL (Sports Network) – Tracy McGrady scored a career-high and
franchise-record 62 points to lead Orlando to a 108-99 win over Washington at
TD Waterhouse Centre.

McGrady converted 20-of-37 shots from the field, including 5-of-14 three-
pointers, and hit 17-of-26 from the foul line while pulling down 10 rebounds
for the Magic, who swept the four-game season series. It is the highest
regular-season output in the NBA since David Robinson scored 71 on April 24,

“This was a big night for me personally because it’s been a long season,” said
McGrady. “I was going for 70 points. And if I would have made my free throws,
I would have had it.”

Juwan Howard contributed 14 points and 15 rebounds for Orlando, which snapped
a two-game losing streak overall and has won 14 of its last 15 against
Washington in Orlando.

Gilbert Arenas posted a team-high 40 points for the Wizards, who suffered
their fourth straight loss overall. Etan Thomas posted 19 points and 11
rebounds, while Christian Laettner added 13 points and 15 boards.

A three-pointer by Tyronn Lue opened a 9-5 lead for the Magic midway through
the first quarter. But Washington forged a 12-12 tie on a tip-in by Arenas
with 2:11 to go in the first.

Orlando led 15-14 at the end of the quarter.

The Magic opened the second quarter on a 25-11 surge. Howard’s basket with
less than five minutes to go in the period staked them to a 40-25 advantage.

A basket by Arenas with less than a minute to go in the quarter brought the
Wizards within 46-40, but they trailed 49-40 at halftime.

McGrady posted 28 points in the first half.

Less than five minutes into the third quarter, Orlando went ahead 65-51 on a
jumper by McGrady. He poured home 24 points in the third, including a jumper
from the right wing that put his team ahead 79-64 with 2:33 left in the

He tied a career-high with his 52nd point of the game with 24.9 seconds left
in the third on a pair of foul shots for the Magic, who led 81-72 at the end
of the quarter.

A minute into the fourth quarter, Orlando scored the initial four points to go
ahead 85-72.

McGrady missed three straight free throws before breaking his old personal
mark at the foul line 3:53 into the fourth quarter. He set a franchise record
with his 54th and 55th points less than a minute later.

His reverse layup opened a 92-76 advantage for the Magic with 7:39 to go.

“My teammates told me to get 60 points…then they told me to get 70,” McGrady
said. “So I was going for it. I was thinking about breaking [those records]
the whole time. I was counting down, thinking about them the whole time.”

Washington got no closer than seven points the rest of the way.