Orlando (16-44) at Atlanta (19-39)

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  • Game info: 7:00 pm EST Sat Feb 28, 2004
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Just because the Orlando Magic have the worst record in the NBA doesn’t mean they’re looking ahead to the draft lottery.

Just ask Magic coach Johnny Davis.

“We’re not going to be tanking games,” said Davis. “You’re promoting a losing culture by doing that.”

Two teams in the running for the first overall pick will go at it when the Magic visit the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena.

Orlando is coming off a 112-107 overtime loss to rookie sensation LeBron James—this year’s top overall pick—and the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday.

Tracy McGrady scored a game-high 35 points as the Magic rallied from an 18-point deficit, but he hit just one of six shots in overtime as Orlando lost its second straight since a season-high three-game winning streak.

Juwan Howard and Drew Gooden added 14 points apiece for Orlando, which is 3-8 in February—its worst month since it went 0-14 in November.

At 16-44, the Magic are four games worse than the Hawks, who have lost four of five, including Friday’s 105-83 drubbing at Detroit.

Bob Sura matched a season high with 14 points, Chris Crawford scored 13 and Jason Terry added 10 for Atlanta, which signed forward Hiram Fuller to a 10-day contract Friday. Fuller had four points and six rebounds in 15 minutes off the bench against the Pistons.

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