Legendary Moments in NBA History
Legendary Moments In NBA History: Tracy McGrady scores 62 points vs. Washington Wizards
Jeff Case, NBA.com
The Orlando Magic of 2003-04 were not the playoff contender they nor their fans hoped they would be. Yet for one night, at least, they looked like world-beaters behind an amazing scoring performance from All-Star guard Tracy McGrady.
On March 10, 2004, McGrady became the first player in more than four years to eclipse 60 points, going for a staggering 62 as the Magic posted a 108-99 victory over the Washington Wizards. 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 then-fifth player to score 70.
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.
“My teammates came to me and told me to get 60, then they told me to get 70,” McGrady said, laughing, after the game. “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.”
McGrady scored his 60th point on a free throw with 5:44 remaining. His previous career high was 52 points on February 21, 2003 against Chicago.
Overall, McGrady’s performance led to one of the Magic’s 21 wins that season. It was a letdown of a campaign after Orlando went 42-40 the season before and nearly upset the top-seeded Detroit Pistons in the first round the playoffs.