McGrady leads Magic past Philadelphia

Posted: Thursday, March 29, 2001

PHILADELPHIA -- Tracy McGrady matched a career-high with 44 points and hit a driving bank shot with 2.7 seconds as the Orlando Magic held off a frenzied comeback by Philadelphia and beat the 76ers 96-95 Wednesday night.

McGrady, who shot 18-for-35 from the field, took an inbounds pass with 7.6 seconds left and drove straight down the lane to hit the winning basket. A desperation heave by Allen Iverson fell short for Philadelphia, which lost for the sixth time in seven games.

Nets 99, Nuggets 96

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Keith Van Horn scored 25 points and Lucious Harris added 21 as New Jersey kept its playoff hopes alive.

Just hours before the game, the Nets learned that All-Star guard Stephon Marbury would be lost for the season. He will have surgery on Thursday to repair a ruptured tendon in his left pinkie, injured in mid-January. He is the sixth New Jersey player lost to a season-ending injury.

Suns 103, Cavaliers 94

PHOENIX -- Jason Kidd scored 29 points as Phoenix extended its winning streak to five games. Tony Delk added 22 points for the Suns. Kidd, averaging 24 points during the winning streak, also had 10 assists.

Mavericks 94, Trail Blazers 84

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Juwan Howard scored 24 points and Michael Finley added 23 as Dallas set a franchise record with their 21st road victory. Dirk Nowitzki added 19 points and 14 rebounds, and hit consecutive 3-pointers during a 10-0 run early in the fourth quarter that put the game away.

SuperSonics 94, Timberwolves 93

SEATTLE -- Ruben Patterson sank two free throws and soared from the side to block Kevin Garnett's shot in the last 32 seconds as Seattle snapped Minnesota's four-game winning streak.

Patterson finished with 19 points and Patrick Ewing scored a season-high 19 to go with 10 rebounds for the Sonics, who have won nine of their last 10 games. Gary Payton led Seattle with 23 points and 11 assists.

Kings 108, Lakers 84

LOS ANGELES -- Chris Webber had 23 points and 12 rebounds, and Peja Stojakovic scored seven of his 22 points in the first 3 1/2 minutes of the fourth quarter as Sacramento handed Los Angeles its most one-sided loss at home this season.

The Pacific Division-leading Kings extended their lead over the defending NBA champions to two games. The win also snapped the Kings' six-game regular-season losing streak to the Lakers.

Shaquille O'Neal scored 25 of his 33 points in the first half and had 11 rebounds to lead the Lakers. Rick Fox had 12 points and eight assists.

Los Angeles, which lost its second in a row, played its fourth straight game without Kobe Bryant, who has a sprained left ankle.



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