McGrady scored 32 of his 37 points in the first half before sitting out the fourth quarter as the Orlando Magic cruised to their fourth straight win, a 96-74 victory over the woeful Heat.
The Magic swept the Heat for the first time in franchise history. After going his first 20 years as coach without being swept by a division rival, Riley has been swept by Orlando and Philadelphia this season.
In Wednesday’s home win over Miami, McGrady had 36 points and nine assists. In that game, he did not have a basket in the first half and drew high praise from Riley for his patience and trust in his teammates.
In this one, McGrady took a more aggressive approach. The NBA’s leading scorer at 32 points per game, McGrady scorched the Heat for 21 points in the first quarter, giving the Magic the lead for good.
The superstar added another 11 points in the second quarter, reaching his average in the first half and helping Orlando to a 55-42 lead. His quarter and half totals were records for any Miami opposing player.
McGrady served as a decoy in the third quarter, scoring just five points as the Magic widened the lead to 25 points. He sat out the final period and finished 15-of-27 from the field, including 7-of-11 from 3-point range.
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