Since an inspiring season-opening overtime win in New York, McGrady and the Magic have dropped nine in a row for the worst start in the 15-year history of the franchise. The Magic lost a franchise-record 17 straight during the ’91-92 second, resulting in the selection of O’Neal and an NBA Finals appearance just three seasons later.
McGrady, who scored 51 points in Friday’s 106-101 loss at Denver, was held to just 19 points on 7-of-16 shooting Saturday as the Magic fell 95-92 to the Los Angeles Clippers.
“We should have had those guys down by 20 to 25 points. We just gave them confidence, and they got back in the game,” said McGrady, who has voiced his frustration throughout the losing streak.
“I’m not surprised,” Milwaukee coach Terry Porter said of the Jazz. “They lost two Hall of Famers, but Jerry Sloan’s teams, no matter who is on the team, will always be disciplined teams, always be a team that plays extremely hard. They never really beat themselves. Those are qualities that are always with his team no matter what players or the makeup of his roster is.”
Arroyo, who is taking over Stockton’s position at point guard, is averaging 15.5 points and a team-best 6.4 assists per game.