Magic McGrady drops 62 in win over Washington
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"This was a big night for me personally because it's been a long season," said McGrady. "I was going for 70 points. And if I would have made my free throws, I would have had it."
A three-pointer by
Orlando led 15-14 at the end of the quarter.
A basket by Arenas with less than a minute to go in the quarter brought the
McGrady posted 28 points in the first half.
Less than five minutes into the third quarter, Orlando went ahead 65-51 on a jumper by McGrady. He poured home 24 points in the third, including a jumper from the right wing that put his team ahead 79-64 with 2:33 left in the quarter.
He tied a career-high with his 52nd point of the game with 24.9 seconds left in the third on a pair of foul shots for the
A minute into the fourth quarter, Orlando scored the initial four points to go ahead 85-72.
McGrady missed three straight free throws before breaking his old personal mark at the foul line 3:53 into the fourth quarter. He set a franchise record with his 54th and 55th points less than a minute later.
His reverse layup opened a 92-76 advantage for the
"My teammates told me to get 60 points...then they told me to get 70," McGrady said. "So I was going for it. I was thinking about breaking [those records] the whole time. I was counting down, thinking about them the whole time."
Washington got no closer than seven points the rest of the way.