Orlando (8-24) at Miami (13-19)

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  • Game info: 7:30 pm EST Fri Jan 2, 2004
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Tracy McGrady helped the Orlando Magic sweep the Miami Heat last season, but may not be able to play when the Florida rivals meet for the first time in 2003-04.

McGrady left Monday’s 114-86 loss to the New York Knicks after just 11 minutes because of a strained hip flexor. He was scoreless for the first time since joining the Magic and his availability for Friday will be determined based on his response to treatment.

“I’ve been playing with it for a while, but it’s real painful right now,” McGrady said after Monday’s game. “We don’t play again until Friday, so I have some time to get treatment. I don’t know how long it’s going to keep me out.”

If McGrady can’t play, the Heat won’t have to worry about the player who averaged 32.3 points on 58.6 percent shooting in three games against them last season. That helped Orlando to its first sweep of the series.

The Magic, opening a four-game road trip, have lost two straight and three of four.

Miami has won four of six, with a pair of blowout losses to the Knicks during that span. The Heat were routed 102-73 at New York on Tuesday night.

“We’ve been in a very good stretch … other than playing these guys,” Heat coach Stan Van Gundy said.

Lamar Odom had 19 points, but star rookie Dwyane Wade’s streak of double-figure scoring games ended at 15.

Miami is opening a three-game homestand.

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