McGrady notches 20 points, 11 boards in return to court

T-Mac is back

Posted: Wednesday, March 27, 2002

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Tracy McGrady had 20 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists in his first game back after suffering back spasms last week, and the Orlando Magic beat the slumping Chicago Bulls 96-82 Tuesday night.

Monty Williams contributed 18 points and a season-high 11 rebounds for his second double-double of the season. Reserve Troy Hudson added 16 points as Orlando snapped a two-game losing streak.

For Chicago, Jalen Rose scored 20 points, 14 in the third quarter, and had six assists and six rebounds. Marcus Fizer had 11 of his 15 points in the first quarter.

The Bulls have lost 13 of their last 15 games.

Hawks 103, Nets 77

ATLANTA -- Shareef Abdur-Rahim and Jacque Vaughn each scored 18 points and the Hawks blew out the best team in the Eastern Conference. It was the worst loss of the season for the Nets.

The Hawks, winning for the seventh time in nine games, took control with a 36-point second quarter.

The Nets focused on stopping Abdur-Rahim, who averaged 32 points in two previous games against New Jersey. All the extra attention freed up his teammates, especially Vaughn.

Wizards 103, Nuggets 87

WASHINGTON -- Chris Whitney and Richard Hamilton scored 22 points apiece as the Wizards routed the Nuggets for the second time in seven days.

Courtney Alexander scored 14 points and Etan Thomas had a career-high 13 for the Wizards, playing their first home game in two weeks. They went 3-4 in seven straight road games.

Donnell Harvey had 18 points, and former Wizards forward Juwan Howard, booed every time he touched the ball, scored 17 to lead the Nuggets.

Pistons 96, Pacers 77

INDIANAPOLIS -- Corliss Williamson scored 23 points for Detroit before he was ejected near the end of the game.

Williamson and Pacers forward Jermaine O'Neal were thrown out after a confrontation under the Pistons' basket with 1:16 to play and Detroit in control. Williamson, driving the baseline, was fouled hard by O'Neal. Williamson bounced the ball off O'Neal's back and the two stood on the baseline jawing before O'Neal advanced on Williamson. Several players stepped in to separate them, and O'Neal threw at least one punch and one elbow before he was wrapped up by Pacers assistant coach Tree Rollins.

Warriors 115, Timberwolves 106

MINNEAPOLIS -- Antawn Jamison scored 25 points to help the Warriors end a 10-game losing streak.

Reserve Chris Mills added 18 points for the Warriors, who had seven players score in double figures and won for just the third time in their last 29 road games. Even with Tuesday's win, Golden State has lost 20 of 23.

Kevin Garnett scored 31 points and Wally Szczerbiak had 24 of his 28 in the first half for Minnesota, which lost for the seventh time in eight home games and is 2-9 in the last three weeks. The Timberwolves have slipped to sixth place in the Western Conference playoff race.

Mavericks 112, Bucks 106, OT

MILWAUKEE -- Nick Van Exel scored all 17 of his points in the fourth quarter and overtime as the Mavericks overcame a 17-point deficit and beat the short-handed Bucks. Van Exel's finger-roll gave the Mavericks their first lead of the night at 99-98 with 3:20 left in overtime. They wouldn't trail again.

Steve Finley led the Mavericks with 36 points as Dallas won for the first time in 14 games at the Bradley Center. The Mavericks hadn't won in Milwaukee since 1987.

Tim Thomas, returning from a sprained right knee that kept him out of six games, led the Bucks with 22 points. Anthony Mason had 20 and Glenn Robinson 18.

The Bucks were without starters Sam Cassell (toe) and Ray Allen (back). They got more bad news in the fourth quarter, when Michael Redd sprained his left knee. He was hit hard by Raef LaFrentz on his way for a layup after a steal.

Jazz 109, Rockets 105

SALT LAKE CITY -- John Stockton scored 20 points on his 40th birthday, while Karl Malone scored 23 and Greg Ostertag had 11 of his 12 points in the fourth quarter.

The Jazz won their 11th straight at home over the Rockets despite 32 points by Steve Francis, who was held to two in the fourth quarter. Cuttino Mobley added 28 points.

Stockton, who hit two free throws with 26 seconds on the clock, swished another pair to extend the lead to the final margin. He became the 10th man in NBA history to play after turning 40.

Kings 107, Clippers 90

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Chris Webber dominated his matchup with Elton Brand and rookie Gerald Wallace scored 14 points in his first career start.

Webber made 11 of 12 shots during one stretch and finished with 35 points and 13 rebounds as Sacramento reached 50 victories. The Kings maintained a half-game lead over the Lakers for the NBA's best record.

Brand was held to just three points and four rebounds by Webber, who also had three steals and two blocks. Doug Christie added 19 points for Sacramento.

Michael Olowokandi scored 23 to lead the Clippers, who lost their third straight and dropped 3 1/2 games behind Utah in the race for the eighth playoff spot in the West.

Wallace got the start after Hedo Turkoglu came down with a case of food poisoning prior to the game. The Kings were already without their regular starting small forward as Peja Stojakovic missed his third consecutive game with a sore hamstring.

Lakers 121, Cavaliers 116

LOS ANGELES -- Shaquille O'Neal had 19 points and eight rebounds despite sitting out the last 16 minutes, and Rick Fox equaled a season-high with 18 points.

Kobe Bryant, the only Los Angeles starter to play in the fourth quarter, had 17 points and seven rebounds. The Lakers (50-20) won for the 15th time in 19 games and remained one-half game behind Sacramento in the race for the NBA's best record.

Ricky Davis scored a career-high 35 points and Andre Miller had 21 points and nine assists for the Cavaliers, who have lost four straight and eight of 11.

The Cavaliers had only eight players in uniform. Lamond Murray, Wesley Person and Zydrunas Ilgauskas all sat out the game with back spasms, and Tyrone Hill has a sinus infection.

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