McGrady's 51 can't beat Denver's powerful point guards
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Denver snapped a 12-game losing streak against Orlando, and a six-game home losing streak to the
Tyronne Lue had 13 points and seven assists, and Orlando's losing streak reached eight games, its longest since an eight-game skid from January 7-20, 2000.
Tied 76-76 going into the final quarter, the teams stayed close until Denver led 86-85 with 6:22 to play. The
McGrady hit a three to draw to within four points with 4:44 remaining, but the
But McGrady wouldn't go away, and connected on a three-pointer and made a traditional three-point play on back-to-back possessions, drawing his team to 102-99 with less than a minute to go.
After a Boykins miss, McGrady had the opportunity to tie the game with a three-pointer, but his shot clanged off the rim. Boykins scored with 15 seconds to go, then
Orlando opened the contest on a 10-2 run, and even though Nene later cut the lead to two with a free throw, the
The tempo increased dramatically in the second period, as both teams scored 35 points in the frame. Denver had the Orlando lead as low as three at 49-46 on a pair of free throws by Nene with 2:04 to go, but Lue scored five points in a 10-4 run to close out the half, and the
McGrady's previous season-high was 36 points, set in a 107-97 loss to Memphis Wednesday. McGrady strained a tendon in his right foot in that game, but he was obviously unaffected. Howard led the