Nelson, who is only the second Magic player ever along with Nick Anderson to play 10 seasons in Orlando, spoke to the crowd before the game and thanked them for their support. Said Nelson: ``Hopefully we can have another 25 great years with you guys cheering us on,’’ Nelson said to the crowd prior to the tipoff.

As part of the celebration of the 25th anniversary season, the Magic honored superstar guard Tracy McGrady between the first and second quarters. McGrady made four all-star teams and twice won the NBA’s scoring title while in Orlando from 2000-04. McGrady requested a trade in 2004 because of a spat with former GM John Weisbrod, and was booed on each return visit to Orlando through the years. But McGrady said time has healed the hard feelings between he and the organization.

``I’m not surprised (that the Magic honored him). I think the organization understands what took place now,’’ said McGrady, who was cheered by the Amway Center fans. ``If it wasn’t for an individual, I would still be in an Orlando Magic uniform. It was just one individual that ruined that for the whole organization, and I think it took some years for them to understand because that individual is no longer here.’’

Orlando was once again without standout forwards Tobias Harris (ankle sprain) and Glen ``Big Baby’’ Davis (ankle rehab), but it did get shooting guard Doron Lamb (ankle sprain) back in uniform. The Magic’s frontline did suffer another blow when it was announced that Solomon Jones was out for an indefinite period of time because of torn lateral meniscus in his left knee, an injury sustained in the second quarter of Wednesday’s loss in Minnesota. Incredibly, Jones gritted his way through the pain and played 22 minutes on the injured knee.



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