ORLANDO, Fla., March 10 (Ticker) -- Imagine how many points Tracy McGrady would have scored had he not missed 10 of his last 11 shots and nine free throws.

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McGrady became the first player in more than four years to eclipse 60 points, going for a staggering 62 as the Orlando Magic posted a 108-99 victory over the Washington Wizards.

"My teammates came to me and told me to get 60, then they told me to get 70," McGrady said, laughing. "I was going for 70 and if I would have made my free throws, I would have had it. But this was a big night for me personally because it's been a long season. It's been a frustrating season, but this will give me a little boost."

Using his usual assortment of drives and jumpers, the 6-9 superstar became just the 17th player in NBA history to score 60 points. He made 20-of-37 shots, including 5-of-14 from 3-point range, and 17-of-26 free throws, missing a chance at becoming just the fifth player to score 70.

It still was the highest-scoring game in the NBA since David Robinson clinched the 1993-1994 scoring title with 71 points for San Antonio against the Los Angeles Clippers in the season finale.

The NBA's scoring leader and defending scoring champion, McGrady became the first player to score 60 in a game since Shaquille O'Neal had 61 for the Lakers on March 6, 2000, also against the Clippers. Ironically, McGrady shattered O'Neal's franchise record of 53 set April 20, 1994 vs. Minnesota.

McGrady, who also had 10 rebounds and five assists, scored seven points in the first quarter, 21 in the second and 24 in the third. He hit 19 of his first 26 shots before going cold.

"I didn't lose my legs. I was fresh the whole game," said McGrady, who played 46 minutes. "It was just when you get to a point where you are about to break records, break your career high, break the Magic single-game high, all those things get in your head. It was in the back of my mind, that's why I was missing free throws. That's why I went on a little cold drought missing jumpers, layups, because I was thinking about it."

McGrady's only basket in the fourth quarter was a twisting reverse layup with 7:39 left. He also made just 8-of-14 free throws in the final period.

Serenaded with chants of "T-Mac, T-Mac" by a crowd of 12,538, McGrady scored his 60th point on a free throw with 5:44 remaining. He hit 1-of-2 from the line with 4:47 left and again with 2:42 remaining to complete his performance.

McGrady held the previous league season high with 51 points in a loss at Denver on November 14. His previous career high was 52 points on February 21, 2003 against Chicago. McGrady's other 50-point game came against Washington on March 8, 2002.

"He was knocking down shots, even out of double-teams," said Wizards coach Eddie Jordan. "He's good off the ball getting the ball and scoring, and he's good with the ball getting screen and rolls. It was just one of those nights where he had it going."

Jared Jeffries and Mitchell Butler attempted to cover McGrady, who beat them off the dribble and screens and blew by Christian Laettner and Etan Thomas on double-teams.

Gilbert Arenas scored a season-high 40 points for Washington, one shy of his career high. But it paled in comparison to McGrady, who averaged 40.8 points in four wins against the Wizards this season.

"I was trying to keep up with him," said Arenas, who was the first to congratulate McGrady after the game. "But it's harder for me because I have to bring the ball up and get by my man and get to the basket. He can just come off a screen and at 6-8 it's easier for him."

McGrady outscored the Wizards, 24-23, in the first 18 minutes. He scored 17 of the Magic's first 19 points in the second quarter, helping them open a 38-23 advantage.

"He was rolling and we were just trying to get him the ball," said Magic point guard Tyronn Lue. "It was one of those nights that he knew that he was feeling it."

Arenas scored nine of Washington's last 11 points in the quarter as the Wizards pulled within 46-40 before McGrady closed the half with a 3-pointer.

McGrady's 24 points in the third quarter was one shy of his record for points in a quarter set March 9, 2003 vs. Denver. His reverse layup in the fourth quarter, a scintillating drive in which he dribbled past Jeffries and ducked under Thomas before twisting toward the basket. It increased Orlando's lead to 92-77.