Magic, McGrady overthrow Kings

Posted: Wednesday, November 06, 2002

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Tracy McGrady broke the 40-point barrier for the second straight game, scoring 41 points Tuesday night as the Orlando Magic held off a Sacramento rally and beat the Kings 125-121.

McGrady, coming off a 47-point performance in a road win at Milwaukee, made 15 of 27 shots and also had eight rebounds and seven assists for the Magic, who are off to a 4-1 start for the first time since 1996-97.

Grant Hill, who sat out the second half of Saturday's victory over the Bucks after feeling pain in his surgically repaired left ankle, had 21 points in 33 minutes while showing no signs of being hampered by the injury that sidelined him most of the last two seasons.

Bobby Jackson scored 16 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter, keying a rally from a 109-91 deficit in the last 8:25. The guard, starting because Mike Bibby is out with a broken foot, scored seven straight for the Kings to trim Orlando's lead to 122-121 with just under a minute to go.

Cavaliers 89, Lakers 70

CLEVELAND -- Zydrunas Ilgauskas scored 23 points and Cleveland won its home opener over the Shaq-less Los Angeles Lakers, whose point total was the franchise's lowest since moving to Los Angeles in 1960.

Ricky Davis added 24 points and Tyrone Hill had 17 rebounds for the Cavs, who dazzled a crowd of 19,833 -- including high school phenom LeBron James -- by blowing out the three-time defending NBA champions.

Previously, the fewest points the Lakers had ever scored in a game since moving from Minneapolis was 74. Los Angeles shot just 32 percent, including 4-of-20 on 3-pointers.

Darius Miles, making his home debut after coming to Cleveland in the Andre Miller trade, added 13 points and told the crowd afterward, ''We're going to surprise the world and make the playoffs.''

Pacers 83, Heat 79

MIAMI -- Brad Miller scored 28 points and made key plays on both ends of the floor in the final minute to help Indiana beat Miami.

With the game tied at 77, Miller lobbed a perfect pass above the rim for Jermaine O'Neal, whose dunk put the Pacers ahead with 50 seconds left. Miller then blocked a shot by Eddie Jones, whose strong play helped Miami rally in the fourth quarter.

Miller finished out the scoring for the Pacers by hitting a pair of free throws for an 81-77 lead with 22 seconds left, then adding two more for an 83-79 margin with 12.5 seconds left.

O'Neal scored 22 points and added 13 rebounds as the Pacers, playing without the injured Reggie Miller (ankle), improved to 3-1.

Timberwolves 90, Wizards 86

MINNEAPOLIS -- Kendall Gill rallied Minnesota with nine of his 22 points in the fourth quarter, leading the Timberwolves over Washington.

Kevin Garnett was 5-for-5 in the final period and finished with 17 points and 16 rebounds for Minnesota, which outscored the Wizards 24-11 in the fourth.

Jerry Stackhouse had 25 points and seven assists, Tyronn Lue scored 13 points and Michael Jordan added 10 on 5-for-14 shooting for Washington, which fell to 1-3.

The game drew an announced crowd of 18,009 -- 997 short of capacity. It was only the fourth time since Jordan's return -- the first this season -- that a Wizards game hasn't sold out.

Spurs 93, Warriors 73

SAN ANTONIO -- Malik Rose hit just the seventh 3-pointer of his career, a 39-footer to end a lopsided third quarter, as San Antonio defeated Golden State.

After trailing 45-42 at halftime, the Spurs outscored the Warriors 31-12 in the third quarter. Rose's 3-pointer beat the buzzer and gave San Antonio a 73-57 lead.

Tim Duncan had 13 points and 10 rebounds, Tony Parker scored 21, Stephen Jackson added 13 and Rose 12. David Robinson had 13 rebounds to go with 10 points.

Antawn Jamison scored 16, Gilbert Arenas had 14 points and 12 rebounds, Jason Richardson added 14 points and Troy Murphy 10 for the Warriors, who lost their fourth in a row.

SuperSonics 104, Rockets 97

HOUSTON -- Gary Payton had a career-high 18 assists as Seattle almost blew a 20-point fourth-quarter lead before holding off Houston to remain unbeaten.

Seattle (4-0) pulled away in the third quarter with long-range shooting, making five 3s in the quarter. The Sonics finished 11-for-18 from 3-point range, including 4-of-5 by Vladimir Radmanovic.

The Sonics had six players in double figures, led by Payton with 20 and Rashard Lewis with 18 points and 12 rebounds.

Hawks 103, Nuggets 87

DENVER -- Glenn Robinson was held below 30 points for the first time this season, but Atlanta still won its third straight by defeating Denver.

Robinson, who scored 34, 30 and 30 in Atlanta's first three games, had 23 points on 9-for-18 shooting. Shareef Abdur-Rahim added 19 points and 12 rebounds.

Alan Henderson scored seven of his 17 points and Dion Glover had 10 of his 14 in the fourth quarter when the Hawks pulled away.

Juwan Howard led Denver with 25 points and 15 rebounds. James Posey had 21. The Nuggets were 23-of-28 from the line after making their first 10 free throws.

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