CHARLOTTE, N.C., April 23 (Ticker) --
It's easy to see how
developed a sore back. He's been carrying the
Orlando Magic all season.
McGrady had 31 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists and got
some help this time as the Magic evened their Eastern Conference
first-round series at one game each with a 111-103 victory over
the Charlotte Hornets.
"This was a statement game, man," McGrady said. "Without this
win, we ain't going nowhere. All this talk about Charlotte is
gonna do this and do that to Orlando ... we knew we could
overcome that. We just had to make up our minds that we could
beat this team. We need to go out and prove everybody wrong.
It was a statement game that we could come in here and, if not
get two, we were gonna get one."
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Hudson's inbounds basket:
Garrity's OT trey:
E.piphany of the Day:
T-Mac scored 27 of his 31 points in the first three quarters to give the Magic a lead.
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Just 22 and one of the NBA's brightest stars, McGrady has been
bothered by a sore back all season. He hobbled through an 80-79
loss in Game One, scoring 21 points but having the ball
stripped from him on the final possession as he was unable to
get to the rim with his usual explosiveness.
McGrady again clearly was hampered by the injury but played
through it and lifted the Magic to their first postseason road
victory in 12 tries since Game Three of the 1996 conference
semifinals against Atlanta.
"We have to find a way to slow Tracy down," Hornets guard David
The All-Star swingman played 47 minutes, making 11-of-23 shots.
He again was bothered a bit by the physical defense of Hornets
forward George Lynch
but got some help from a pair of teammates.
Reserve guard Troy Hudson
scored 26 points, sparking a
second-quarter surge that gave Orlando a 16-point lead. Forward
added 18 points as he rediscovered his shooting
"I think I was just looking for my shot more," said Hudson, who
made 10-of-18 shots. "I know that T-Mac needed some help in the
scoring column. My teammates and coaching staff told me to be
"I was feeling good all night," said Garrity, who made 6-of-13
Together, Hudson and Garrity combined to score the first seven
points of overtime. Garrity made a 3-pointer and Hudson made a
lane jumper and two free throws for a 106-99 lead with 1:06
"Our guys knocked down big shots and that's key for this club,"
McGrady said. "Troy and Darrell (Armstrong)
knocked down big shots, and that really carried over to the
The best-of-five series shifts to Orlando for Games Three and
Four on Saturday and Tuesday.
"It's nice to have home court but we need to do something about
it," Magic coach Doc Rivers said. "We know Charlotte had one of
the better road records in the league and beat us twice in our
"We are capable of beating them down there," Wesley said. "We
have done it before."
had 27 points and 13 rebounds for the
fourth-seeded Hornets, who gave away home-court advantage and
may have played its last game in Charlotte Coliseum. Just
10,323 were on hand to watch a team that likely will be moving
to New Orleans for next season.
"No matter what happens now, we have to win, plain and simple,"
Campbell said. "There's no magical answers. We've just got to
play ball like were capable and go from there."
The Hornets again were without leading scorer Jamal Mashburn
who was hospitalized during Game One and again for Game Two with
mild anemia and vitamin deficiency. Late in the third quarter,
All-Star guard Baron Davis
suffered back spasms. He played
through them but scored just 11 points on 4-of-15 shooting.
"You look at teams that are playing without their star like
Toronto without Vince (Carter)
and San Antonio without (David)
and it's tough to win games," Hornets coach Paul Silas
said. "You can't miss key guys and expect to win this time of
"We need to get healthy. That would be a good start," said
Wesley, who scored 24 points.
The Hornets trailed by 17 points in the third quarter but
rallied after Silas put Lynch on McGrady. The defensive-minded
forward also scored seven points as Charlotte stormed back
within 77-75 entering the fourth period.
"They came out on a tear in the third quarter and their crowd
was loud and crazy and really pumped a lot of energy into them,"
Garrity said. "Fortunately, we were able to withstand it."
Two free throws by Hudson and a 3-pointer by Garrity built
Orlando's lead to 86-79 with 8:02 to go. The Magic still led,
89-84, after two free throws by McGrady with 6:28 left before
the Hornets began to go inside.
Charlotte's frontcourt of Campbell, Lynch and P.J. Brown
the team's last 17 points of the period. Brown scored all nine
of his points in the final 4 1/2 minutes, including two free
throws that provided a 97-97 tie with 29 seconds to play.
Davis tried for another big steal as he did in Game One but
fouled Garrity, who made both free throws with 18 seconds left.
Campbell backed in for a short banker that tied it with 4.4
seconds remaining, and McGrady missed a runner at the horn.
The overtime belonged to Orlando as Charlotte made just one
meaningless basket in the final seconds.
Armstrong scored 13 points for Orlando, which shot 46 percent
(39-of-85) and fought to a 46-46 stalemate on the boards. In
Game One, it was outrebounded, 51-32.
scored 10 points and Davis had 10 assists for
Charlotte, which shot 42.5 percent (34-of-80).
The Magic led 27-26 after one quarter and McGrady headed to the
bench and a special heated cushion. Hudson sparked Orlando by
taking the ball to the basket rather than launching 3-pointers.
His breakaway layup gave the Magic a 47-34 lead and they
widened it to 62-47 at halftime.
"I thought him coming into the first (half) and hitting his
first few shots really changed things," Rivers said. "He
allowed Garrity to get off his shots. He was real big for us