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NBA ROUNDUP



Published: Fri, January 21, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



NBA ROUNDUP

Thursday's games

Rockets 108, Magic 99

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Tracy McGrady showed his former team what he can do with some help. Playing in Orlando for the first time since a bitter parting last summer, McGrady scored 27 points to lead a balanced offense and the Houston Rockets beat the Magic 108-99 on Thursday night. Yao Ming added 20 points, and Bob Sura had 19 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists. David Wesley scored 18, and Juwan Howard 13. It was McGrady's insistence on playing with a decent supporting cast, something the Magic could never provide, that prompted his departure in a blockbuster, seven-player trade.

Mavericks 99, Clippers 77

DALLAS -- Jason Terry scored 11 of his 15 points in the third quarter, when Dallas went ahead to stay against suddenly struggling Los Angeles. With Avery Johnson coaching while Don Nelson missed his first game after shoulder surgery, the Mavericks went on a 14-6 run over the final 3:44 of the third quarter. Terry had half the points in the game-turning stretch. Los Angeles has lost four straight and six of eight. The Clippers (18-21) are three games under .500 for the first time this season. Dirk Nowitzki led the Mavericks with 28 points.

Associated Press




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