Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 3)

Series starts 1/18

Game 1: Friday, January 18th
Game 2: Tuesday, March 19th
Game 3: Sunday, March 24th

Bucks 91

(36-30, 16-16 away)

Magic 101

(37-30, 22-10 home)

    8:00 PM ET, March 19, 2002

    Amway Arena, Orlando, FL

    1 2 3 4 T
    MIL 23 15 28 2591
    ORL 33 21 26 21101

    Top Performers

    Mil: S. Cassell 23 Pts, 6 Reb, 6 Ast, 1 Stl

    Orl: T. McGrady 48 Pts, 12 Reb, 3 Ast, 3 Stl

    Magic strike back in growing rivalry with Bucks

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- The Orlando Magic rid themselves of some heavy emotional baggage Tuesday night.

    Tracy McGrady

    Tracy McGrady scored from the inside, outside and everywhere in between.

    First, Orlando coach Doc Rivers took a gracious step in ending his long-running feud with his Milwaukee counterpart, George Karl. Then, the Magic snapped their 10-game regular-season losing skid to the Bucks with a 101-91 win behind Tracy McGrady's 48 points and 12 rebounds.

    "The rivalry might be on now," Rivers said. "You can't have a rivalry when one team wins 10 games in a row. I don't know what it's called, but it's definitely not a rivalry."

    Pat Garrity made seven 3-pointers and added 21 points for Orlando, which moved a half-game ahead of Milwaukee for the Eastern Conference's fourth playoff seed and within a game of the idle third-place Boston Celtics.

    Orlando, winners of nine consecutive home games, is a season-best seven games over .500.

    Just before the tipoff, Rivers sought out Karl for a handshake. It was a way of putting to rest their lengthy spat, which recently took a turn for the ugly when Karl criticized Rivers in a magazine article.

    "I'm glad that's over with, I really am. I thought there was way too much attention on me and George," Rivers said. "We said we'll talk in the summer; we'll go boating."

    Said Karl: "I think it's great. As I said before the game, I don't try to create hell for anybody."

    Sam Cassell scored 23 points to lead the Bucks, who have lost three straight and five of six. Ray Allen had 22 points and 11 rebounds, and Michael Redd came off the bench to score 14.

    Glenn Robinson had 13 points and eight rebounds despite missing most of the second half with a bruised tailbone.

    "We still have confidence as a team," Cassell said. "We beat Orlando 10 straight times and all good things must come to an end."

    Eleven nights after scoring a career-high 50 points, McGrady was all but unstoppable, scoring from outside, inside and everywhere in between. Milwaukee had no answer, running at him big men (Joel Przybilla, Robinson, Darvin Ham and Anthony Mason) and small (Cassell).

    "They doubled a little bit in the second half, but we've got too many shooters, man," McGrady said. "If I'm not going to hurt you, my shooters are going to hurt you."

    In the first half, McGrady shot 10-for-15 and made all five of his 3-point attempts. That included back-to-back 3s that put the Magic ahead 49-30 with 4:07 before intermission.

    His 30 points before halftime was four short of the team record set by Shaquille O'Neal against Minnesota on April 20, 1994.

    McGrady finished 18-for-35 from the field, including 6-for-9 on 3-pointers.

    "I'm ready to get out of here and get into my bed," McGrady said. "I'm exhausted right now."

    All night, Milwaukee's offense struggled to the point where Orlando's weaknesses -- defense and rebounding -- became strengths.

    The Bucks committed 22 turnovers, leading to 21 points for the Magic. Also, Milwaukee was outscored 16-13 on second-chance opportunities.

    Despite their struggles, the Bucks refused to go away quietly. After the Magic opened a 20-point lead early in the third quarter, Milwaukee cut the deficit to nine points on Allen's 3-pointer with 4:25 remaining.

    But Garrity answered with a 3-pointer, as he did two other times down the stretch after the Bucks crept within 10. Garrity's shot put Orlando up 98-87, and Milwaukee's rally was done.

    "Pat made some unbelievable shots, but that's what he does," Cassell said. "If you allow him to shoot, he'll kill you."

    Orlando opened the game slowly, allowing Milwaukee to jump out to a 10-2 lead after three minutes. But the Magic then outscored the Bucks by 20 points over the next 7:46 to take a 33-21 lead.

    McGrady had 15 of his 17 first-quarter points in the 31-11 run.

    Game notes

    Milwaukee's last loss to the Magic came on April 9, 1999 in Orlando. The Bucks haven't lost to the Magic at home since April 8, 1997. ... Milwaukee forward Tim Thomas missed his fourth straight game with a sprained right knee. Jason Caffey also sat out with a sore right ankle. ... Orlando's Horace Grant posted his fourth double-double of the season with 10 points and a season-high 12 rebounds. ... While Garrity and McGrady combined to shoot 13-for-19 on 3-pointers, their teammates went 0-for-7.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 91 101
    FGM-FGA 36-79 (.456) 37-87 (.425)
    3PM-3PA 6-18 (.333) 13-26 (.500)
    FTM-FTA 13-17 (.765) 14-21 (.667)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 13-47 15-43
    Assists 18 23
    Turnovers 22 15
    Steals 7 13
    Blocks 3 2
    Fast Break Points 4 7
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 23 (2/0) 18 (1/0)

    Top Performers

    Sam Cassell Cassell
    Points: 23
    Reb: 6
    Ast: 6
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0
    Tracy McGrady McGrady
    Points: 48
    Reb: 12
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 0