Magic handle Sixers
Published: Monday, January 13, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 13, 2003 at 12:54 a.m.
PHILADELPHIA - A morning meeting about ball movement paid off for the Orlando Magic.
Tracy McGrady had 34 points and was 13-of-16 from the foul line and Mike Miller scored 27 as the Magic handed the struggling Philadelphia 76ers their sixth straight loss, 107-105, Sunday night.
In a meeting on Sunday morning, the Orlando players discussed the team's lack of ball movement. Against Philadelphia, the Magic had 25 assists, five more than their season average, and McGrady had eight.
``We were just spreading the love around tonight,'' McGrady said. ``A lot of times guys just stand there and watch me go one-on-one. We talked about it this morning and tonight they were getting open. That made it a lot easier for me.''
Miller had 11 points, including three 3-pointers, in the fourth quarter when the Magic overcame an eight-point deficit.
``Tonight, the biggest thing was we found the open guy and the open guy made shots,'' Orlando coach Doc Rivers said.
They combined to score 16 of the Mavs' 22 points in the final 12 minutes as Dallas held off Los Angeles to win its sixth straight and improve on the NBA's best road record.
``We love close games. We can battle in there, make shots, and at the end we believed in ourselves and won the game,'' said Nowitzki, who had 23 points, including 10 in the fourth.
Morris Peterson scored 20 points, and Alston had 12 points, eight assists and six rebounds in his second game with Toronto as the Raptors beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 105-91 on Sunday.
Toronto's backcourt of Alston, Peterson, Alvin Williams and Lindsey Hunter combined for 53 points, and the Raptors won for the first time since Dec. 17 at Milwaukee.
With the Spurs trailing 80-78 with 15 seconds remaining, Jackson inbounded the ball in San Antonio's end and then got it back for a 25-footer.
After Jackson's basket, Paul Pierce's 17-foot jumper from the wing bounced off the side of the rim as time expired.
Rookie Amare Stoudemire had 17 points and 13 rebounds. He scored nine in the fourth quarter when the Suns pulled away to beat Utah for the first time in three tries.
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