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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.

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Toronto Raptors forward Damone Brown (54) tries to defend against Orlando Magic forward Tracy McGrady as he drives to the hoop during NBA action in Toronto, Sunday. McGrady scored 35 points and grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds to lead the Magic to a 101-93 win.

AP photo/Frank Gunn

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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