McGrady, Magic end 2-game skid

Published: Tuesday, January 7, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 7, 2003 at 12:04 a.m.

ORLANDO - Tracy McGrady had 14 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter and Orlando stopped a two-game losing streak with a 103-100 victory against New York on Monday night.

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Orlando's Tracy McGrady tries to get to the basket past New York's Michael Doleac on Monday.

The Associated Press

The Magic had the ball and a 102-100 lead but were called for a shot-clock violation with 14.5 seconds left. However, Sprewell missed a jumper from about 20 feet and Orlando's Mike Miller was fouled, hitting 1-of-2 free throws with 2.2 seconds left.

New York rebounded the second miss but a last-second, full-court desperation heave by Shandon Anderson fell short.

After a scoreless third quarter, McGrady responded by hitting 5-of-9 shots and 3-of-4 free throws in the fourth. He finished with seven rebounds and tied a season-high with nine assists. Miller had 22 points and seven rebounds and Pat Garrity scored 19.

The Magic also got a spark from the bench with Darrell Armstrong scoring 13 and Andrew DeClercq adding 10 rebounds.

New York placed all five starters in double figures with Sprewell getting 28 on 10-of-23 shooting. Allen Houston had 15 and Kurt Thomas scored 14. Othella Harrington and Howard Eisley each had 11.

The Knicks chipped away at a nine-point deficit in the fourth with Sprewell's 3-pointer tying the game at 95 with 3:04 remaining. Another basket by Sprewell tied the game, 97-97, but McGrady answered with a 3-pointer to put Orlando ahead 100-97 with 1:40 left.

Sprewell added three more points in the final 1:26 but it wasn't enough as New York dropped its second in a row.

Garrity's 3-pointer with 9.8 seconds remaining in the third quarter gave Orlando its first lead of the game, 79-78. He was 4-of-14 through three periods.

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