Orlando (29-29) at New York (24-33)

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  • Game info: 8:00 pm EST Fri Feb 28, 2003
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NEW YORK (TICKER) —The New York Knicks will retire Patrick Ewing’s No. 33 jersey at halftime Friday night when they meet the Orlando Magic.

Voted one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA history, Ewing is the Knicks’ all-time leader in points (24,815), rebounds (10,759), blocked shots (2,758), steals (1,061), games played (1,039), field goals (9,260) and free throws (5,26).

“I am honored to have my jersey retired by this franchise,” said Ewing, who is an assistant coach with the Washington Wizards. “I have spent the majority of my career in New York and I will always consider myself a Knick. I will always cherish the memories that I have made in New York.”

An 11-time All-Star center in 15 years with the Knicks, Ewing turned them into perennial contenders throughout the 1990s, but was never able to deliver a championship for New York.

Ewing will join Walt Frazier, Dick Barnett, Earl Monroe, Dick McGuire, Willis Reed, Dave DeBusschere and Bill Bradley as the only Knicks to have their numbers retired. Hall of Fame coach Red Holzman also is represented in the rafters at Madison Square Garden.

At his request, Ewing was traded by the Knicks to the Seattle SuperSonics in 2000. Ewing announced his retirement last September after he played sparingly for the Orlando Magic in 2001-02.

Ewing finished with career averages of 21.0 points, 9.8 rebounds and 2.45 blocks in 1,183 games.

Orlando enters Friday’s contest in the midst of a season-high four-game winning streak, going 3-0 since acquiring rookies Drew Gooden and Gordan Giricek in a trade with the Memphis Grizzlies.

The Magic continued their winning ways Tuesday with a 98-93 victory over the league-leading Dallas Mavericks.

Tracy McGrady had 27 points and seven assists and Gooden and Giricek scored 20 points apiece as the Magic reached .500 for the first time since January 31.

Orlando is trying to move one game over .500 for the first time since it was 24-23 on January 29.

The Magic snapped a five-game road losing streak with a win at New Jersey on Sunday but are just 11-18 away from the TD Waterhouse Centre this season.

New York has just one win in its last six games and is coming off Wednesday’s 105-76 loss at New Jersey.

Latrell Sprewell scored 13 points and Frank Williams added 11 for the Knicks, who fell to 3-6 since the All-Star break.

The Magic have won six consecutive meetings with the Knicks, including the first two this season. New York has not defeated Orlando since April 3, 2001.

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