Magic 122, Knicks 114
Feb. 13, 2002
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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) _ A week off did wonders for Pat Garrity.
Garrity scored a season-high 29 points, and Tracy McGrady had 20 of his 36 points in the second half as the Orlando Magic beat the New York Knicks 122-114 Tuesday night.
Garrity shot 11-of-15 _ including 6-for-8 on 3-pointers _ and credited the in-season vacation created by the All-Star break for his performance.
``It helps when you get rest,'' said Garrity, who finished three points short of his career-high. ``You've got your legs, you feel good, you've got a lot of energy and that definitely helps the shots go in.''
``I wonder what (New York's) game plan was,'' said McGrady, who also had eight assists and seven rebounds _ but no off-the-backboard dunks like the one he had on the All-Star game. ``Leaving Pat Garrity open? I'll take it, though.''
Mike Miller had 18 points and a career-high 10 assists, helping the Magic tie a season-high with 35 assists. Darrell Armstrong had nine assists to go with his 11 points.
``When you've got guys creating, we're tough to guard, especially with as many shooters as we've got,'' Miller said.
Leading the Knicks was Kurt Thomas with 23 points and 10 rebounds. Shandon Anderson had a season-high 22 points.
``When you give up 122 points, we've got to do a better job of getting to their shooters,'' said Allan Houston, whose 12 points was nine short of his season average.
Orlando pulled away from a close contest early in the third quarter, taking a 10-point lead. The Magic outscored the Knicks 17-8 over the period's first four minutes by making eight of their first 11 shots, including three 3-pointers.
The Magic made 10 of 22 shots from beyond the arc.
Garrity eclipsed his previous season-high of 23 on a three-point play with 4:31 left in the third quarter. That began a 15-2 Orlando run _ capped with four straight fast-break baskets, three by McGrady _ for a 19-point lead, 98-79.
However, the Knicks responded with a quick rally that cut the deficit to single digits. Thomas scored seven of New York's next 10 points, and Houston's 3-pointer made the score 103-94 with 8:19 left to play.
New York eventually closed to six points, 116-110, on Charlie Ward's wide-open 3-pointer with 2:40 left.
On Orlando's next possession, Miller drove the lane, fell down in traffic but fired the ball to McGrady on the left wing before falling out of bounds. McGrady hit a fadeaway jumper for his seventh and eighth points of the period, and the Knicks never recovered.
McGrady began his night by sinking six of seven shots _ all but one taken from the outside. His hot hand led Orlando to a 15-for-21 (71.4 percent) first quarter, matching their best one-period marksmanship of the season.
For the game, Orlando shot 56.8 percent _ its best performance since hitting 61 percent in a season-opening win over Toronto.
While McGrady missed all three shots in the second quarter, Garrity compensated. He had 10 points, including two 3-pointers, in the period.
Garrity made his first six 3-pointers, only misfiring in the fourth quarter.
But the Knicks stayed close with accurate shooting of their own. New York shot 55 percent in the first half but trailed 60-59 at intermission.
Notes: Orlando center Patrick Ewing, activated earlier Tuesday after missing 14 games with tendinitis in his right Achilles' tendon and calf, had five points and three rebounds in nine minutes. ... The Magic went 8-6 during Ewing's absence. ... New York's 6-17 road record is the worst in the Atlantic Division and the Knicks are 0-5 against divisional opponents on the road.