McGrady puts on show in Toronto
Published: Monday, January 20, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 20, 2003 at 12:22 a.m.
TORONTO - Tracy McGrady showed Toronto Raptors' fans what they're missing.
McGrady had 35 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists against his former team, leading the Orlando Magic to a 101-93 victory over the Raptors on Sunday.
McGrady, who played three seasons in Toronto before signing with Orlando as a free agent, shot 14-for-31 from the field. The NBA's leading scorer was booed throughout the game.
``Thank you for booing me,'' McGrady said. ``You are doing me a favor really, because when they boo me like that it just gives me more motivation to play.
``I enjoy the challenge and I enjoy the boos. Keep on booing me every time I come back. Please, please, Toronto, please keep doing it.''
McGrady shot just 3-for-10 from the field in the first quarter, then found his range.
``I was rushing things. I was a little overexcited to be back here,'' he said. ``I was listening to the boos every time I touched the ball, but once I found my rhythm, I was back to normal.''
Jacque Vaughn added 15 points and Pat Garrity scored 13 for the Magic, who ended a two-game losing streak despite missing injured Grant Hill and Mike Miller.
Miller has a sprained right ankle and Hill was put on the injured list Saturday because of chronic pain in his surgically repaired left ankle.
Morris Peterson had 25 points for the injury-riddled Raptors, who have lost three straight and 15 of 17. All-Star Vince Carter missed his 21st straight game with a strained right knee.
Orlando's Darrell Armstrong said McGrady relished the booing.
``He was laughing at it. He rides that to the fullest,'' Armstrong said. ``The boos really mean 'We miss you T-Mac. We wish you were still here.' He loves to come back up here and play.''
Two free throws and a jumper by McGrady gave Orlando a 17-point lead - their biggest of the game - late in the third quarter. Toronto closed within seven on a dunk by Jerome Williams with 6:20 left.
McGrady followed with a jumper, and Peterson countered with a 3-pointer.
McGrady then assisted on Garrity's 3-pointer, giving Orlando a 96-87 lead with 3:10 left.
After a layup by Peterson, a triple-teamed McGrady made a jumper with 2:18 remaining.
Toronto's Antonio Davis made two free throws, and Jerome Williams dunked, cutting the deficit to five with 1:34 left. But Lindsey Hunter missed an ill-advised fadeaway jumper with less than a minute left.
``It wasn't a good look,'' Hunter said.
After McGrady missed a long jumper, Armstrong grabbed the rebound and was fouled.
Armstrong then made two free throws, giving Orlando a 100-93 lead with 32 seconds left.
Hunter acknowledged McGrady was the difference.
``He is who he is. He took over the game when he had to,'' Hunter said.
McGrady had 19 points, seven rebounds and four assists in the first half as Orlando built a 55-46 lead by the break.
McGrady's 3-pointer midway through the second quarter stretched Orlando's lead to 11 points.
Peterson cut Orlando's lead to five in the second, but McGrady followed with a long jumper and a 3-pointer.
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