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Minus McGrady, Magic loses again

Published Aug. 27, 2005

Without Tracy McGrady, the Magic was no match for the Clippers.

Marko Jaric scored 23 and Quentin Richardson and Elton Brand added 21 apiece to lead Los Angeles to a 115-106 victory over Orlando on Saturday night.

McGrady, second in the league in scoring, missed the game to attend his aunt's funeral. He is expected back in time for Tuesday's game at Minnesota.

"There goes 27 points a game from our lineup, so for sure it made a difference," said Gordon Giricek, who started in McGrady's place. "We knew we had to do something to make up for that and I think everyone gave a good effort, we just didn't stop their shooting. They were hitting everything."

Giricek led Orlando with 20 points. Juwan Howard added 19 points and five rebounds, and Keith Bogans had 17 points and eight rebounds.

Orlando got within 70-65 in the third quarter on Giricek's short jumper, but Los Angeles went on a 9-0 run that pushed the lead back to 79-65.

The Magic cut the deficit to six twice early in the fourth quarter, but never got closer. The Clippers turned to backup center Predrag Drobnjak, who scored all 13 of his points in the fourth to hold off any attempts at a comeback.

HEAT 94, HORNETS 70: Eddie Jones scored 24 to lead visiting Miami, which finished with a 22-4 run and held New Orleans to its lowest point total of the season. Hornets starters P.J. Brown (0-for-5), Jamaal Magloire (0-for-4) and Darrell Armstrong (2-of-12) were a combined 2-for-21 from the field. Point guard Baron Davis (23.3 points a game) sat out because he aggravated an ankle injury Friday in Philadelphia.