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Tracy McGrady's Career-High Against Every NBA Team: T-Mac Was One Of The Best Scorers In The 2000s

Tracy McGrady's Career-High Against Every NBA Team: T-Mac Was One Of The Best Scorers In The 2000s

There was a time in the 2000s when the decade had some of the best isolation scorers. From Kobe Bryant to Carmelo Anthony, some great players could go get a basket any time they wanted. One of the best to ever do it was Tracy McGrady. From the Magic to the Rockets, he came to fans in Orlando and Houston on some great scoring nights.

McGrady’s career was cut short due to injuries, but in his prime, he was one of the best scorers in the league. He is one of the few players to ever score at least 60 points in a game with numerous 40-point games. Opposing teams had to strategically game plan around McGrady because of his greatness.

These are McGrady’s career-high against every team.

Atlanta Hawks - 40 Points

Date: December 8, 2001

Stats: 40 Points, 11 Rebounds, 4 Assists, 3 Steals, 0 Blocks

The Hawks used a 28-23 fourth-quarter advantage to pull away with the 107-104 win but McGrady did everything he could do to get the win. McGrady made 11 of 22 shots from the field, as well as 15 of 18 from the free-throw line. He finished with a double-double to lead all rebounders for the Magic.

Boston Celtics - 44 Points

Date: January 16, 2004

Stats: 44 Points, 6 Rebounds, 6 Assists, 3 Steals, 0 Blocks

With the help of Drew Gooden scoring 32 points, the Magic came away with a win to improve to 10-30 on the season. McGrady led all scorers with 44 points in the overtime win. McGrady made 16 of his 31 shots, which included five three-point shots and making seven of eight shots at the free-throw line.

Brooklyn Nets - 46 Points

Date: February 23, 2003

Stats: 46 Points, 10 Rebounds, 13 Assists, 0 Steals, 2 Blocks

It was a battle of the triple-doubles. Both McGrady and Jason Kidd finished with a triple-double as the Magic came out with the 113-105 win. It was two days after Michael Jordan scored 43 points at the age of 40, so McGrady downplayed his effort, but his performance was equally impressive after scoring 52 points against the Chicago Bulls.

Charlotte Hornets - 31 Points

Date: November 24, 2001

Stats: 46 Points, 7 Rebounds, 3 Assists, 2 Steals, 2 Blocks

McGrady scored his career-high against the Hornets, but he didn’t even lead the team in scoring. That honor went to Mike Miller’s 32 points. With that said, the duo’s effort was not good enough in a 103-101 loss. McGrady made 13 of 31 shots but did not take a single three-point shot. He also made five of seven shots at the free-throw line.

Chicago Bulls - 52 Points

Date: February 21, 2003

Stats: 52 Points, 5 Rebounds, 3 Assists, 3 Steals, 1 Block

With good friend Mike Miller off of the team via trade, McGrady stepped up in a big way. He scored a career-high 52 points and did not even play in the fourth quarter. McGrady dedicated the performance to Miller. McGrady made 15 of his 52 shots and made 16 of 20 at the free-throw line.

Cleveland Cavaliers - 41 Points

Date: December 25, 2003

Stats: 41 Points, 8 Rebounds, 11 Assists, 3 Steals, 1 Block

In a battle of poor teams on Christmas, the Magic improved to 8-22 with the Cavaliers dropping to 9-20. McGrady made 15 of 29 shots from the field, as well as making five of nine from behind the arc. He finished with a double-double, helping four other Magic players finish in double figures. It was the first meeting of McGrady and LeBron James, who was playing like a rookie. After the game, McGrady called the 18-year-old “unbelievable.”

Dallas Mavericks - 48 Points

Date: December 2, 2004

Stats: 48 Points, 9 Rebounds, 9 Assists, 2 Steals, 3 Blocks

McGrady nearly had a triple-double, while Dirk Nowitzki recorded 53 points in the battle of Texas. It took Nowitzki breaking the franchise record for points in a game for the Mavericks to defeat the Rockets in overtime. McGrady made 19 of 36 shots from the field, as well as 6 of 13 from behind the arc.

Denver Nuggets - 51 Points

Date: November 14, 2003

Stats: 51 Points, 6 Rebounds, 5 Assists, 2 Steals, 2 Blocks

McGrady shot 20 of 30 from the field and scored 51 points, but it was not enough in a 106-101 loss to the Nuggets. While McGrady shot 66% from the field, he was unable to hit his final shot. McGrady had a chance to score a game-tying three-pointer with seven seconds left, but he was unable to connect. It resulted in the eighth straight loss for the Magic.

Detroit Pistons - 46 Points

Date: December 25, 2002

Stats: 46 Points, 6 Rebounds, 1 Assist, 3 Steals, 0 Blocks

Despite dealing with back pain, McGrady battled through a lower back bruise that kept him out for a week to score 46 points and lead the Magic to a win over the Pistons. McGrady made 14 of 26 shots from the field, as well as 18 of 21 shots at the free-throw line. At one point, the pain was so much that McGrady was seen wincing in pain laying face-down on the floor during a timeout.

Golden State Warriors - 44 Points

Date: April 5, 2005

Stats: 44 Points, 5 Rebounds, 7 Assists, 4 Steals, 0 Blocks

McGrady scoring 44 points was impressive, but Baron Davis was just about able to match. Davis scored 40 points to help the Warriors defeat the Rockets 122-117. Davis had the fans at the Oracle hyped and believing he was a true MVP, but the Warriors were 29-45 as a team. The Rockets were 44-31 despite the loss.

Houston Rockets - 39 Points

Date: February 16, 2002

Stats: 39 Points, 12 Rebounds, 7 Assists, 2 Steals, 2 Blocks

McGrady and Darrell Armstrong combined for 66 points to lead the Magic to a 109-100 win in Houston. McGrady scored 39 points by making 14 of his 32 shots from the field. He also made 9 of 11 shots at the free-throw line, while leading the team in rebounds. McGrady was also just three assists shy of recording a triple-double.

Indiana Pacers - 43 Points

Date: January 6, 2004

Stats: 43 Points, 0 Rebounds, 4 Assists, 2 Steals, 2 Blocks

In a rare game where all McGrady did was shoot, the Magic came up short 114-107 to the Pacers. McGrady did not record a single rebound but led the Magic with 43 points. He made 14 of 27 shots, as well as 8 of 11 three-point shots. In the end, it was the Pacers that had six players score in double figures with Jermaine O’Neal leading the way.

Los Angeles Clippers - 47 Points

Date: December 10, 2001

Stats: 47 Points, 11 Rebounds, 4 Assists, 0 Steals, 1 Block

The Clippers hit history by overcoming the 47 points from McGrady. For the first time since 1993, the Clippers owned a winning record during the season by improving to 11-10. The Clippers used nine fourth-quarter points from Quentin Richardson to pull away 100-92. The team also used a 25-16 advantage in the fourth to clinch the win. McGrady shot 17 of 32 from the field and made 11 of 15 shots at the free-throw line.

Los Angeles Lakers - 38 Points

Date: November 27, 2002

Stats: 38 Points, 6 Rebounds, 9 Assists, 2 Steals, 1 Block

In a battle of superstars, McGrady and Kobe Bryant went toe to toe with 38 points each. The difference-maker in the 112-102 win by the Magic was that McGrady had the support of his teammates. Darrell Armstrong led a Magic bench that outscored the Lakers 24-7, while Shaquille O’Neal was held in check. Meanwhile, McGrady made 12 of 28 shots from the field and 12 of 16 free throws.

Memphis Grizzlies - 41 Points

Date: November 13, 2007

Stats: 41 Points, 4 Rebounds, 4 Assists, 2 Steals, 0 Blocks

Darko Milicic was the difference-maker in the 105-99 win for the Grizzlies. Milicic scored 20 points and played solid defense on Yao Ming, while Pau Gasol scored 26 points to lead Memphis. It helped outperform McGrady’s 41 points, where he made 16 of his 28 shots, as well as 6 of 10 at the free-throw line.

Miami Heat - 37 Points

Date: January 29, 2006

Stats: 37 Points, 12 Rebounds, 6 Assists, 3 Steals, 1 Block

The Heat was able to down the Rockets 101-95 thanks to a sharp-shooting night at the free-throw line from Shaquille O’Neal. With O’Neal making 11 of 12 at the line, including 10 in a row, the Heat was able to overcome a strong night from McGrady. O’Neal finished 12 of 18 at the line, while Dwyane Wade scored 32 points. McGrady had a poor night shooting, making 13 of 37 shots and only 4 of 15 from beyond the arc.

Milwaukee Bucks - 48 Points

Date: March 5, 2003

Stats: 48 Points, 10 Rebounds, 5 Assists, 3 Steals, 0 Blocks

The game plan was simple. Give the ball to McGrady and let him work. Head coach Doc Rivers said that most of the night that he didn’t call for a play. He just let McGrady work and score. It worked as McGrady led the Magic to a 111-99 win where he made 17 of 34 shots, as well as 8 of 13 from the free-throw line.

Minnesota Timberwolves - 40 Points

Date: February 4, 2005

Stats: 40 Points, 4 Rebounds, 4 Assists, 1 Steal, 0 Blocks

The Rockets were thriving, with McGrady taking over as the lead man. McGrady hit a clutch three-pointer in overtime to help the Rockets win 119-113. McGrady scored nine of his points in overtime, while Yao Ming added 23 points and 14 rebounds. As a team, the Rockets made nine three-pointers with McGrady making four of them.

New Orleans Pelicans - 41 Points

Date: March 8, 2008

Stats: 41 Points, 6 Rebounds, 9 Assists, 0 Steals, 2 Blocks

McGrady helped the Rockets win their 18th game in a row with a 106-96 victory. At the time, it was the longest winning streak the league had seen since 2000. McGrady made 17 of his 27 shots, reaching 40 points for the fourth time. The Rockets made 14 three-point shots and won their sixth straight game since Yao Ming suffered an injury. The team overcame 37 points and 11 assists from Chris Paul.

New York Knicks - 37 Points

Date: March 7, 2003

Stats: 37 Points, 3 Rebounds, 6 Assists, 1 Steal, 1 Block

For the second time in a week, the Knicks beat the Magic. This time, it was 111-102 with Latrell Sprewell scoring 33 points to lead New York. In their last nine games, it was the only loss by the Magic at the time. McGrady scored 37 points to lead Orlando with 14 of his points coming in the second quarter.

Oklahoma City Thunder - 41 Points

Date: November 19, 2002

Stats: 41 Points, 12 Rebounds, 2 Assists, 2 Steals, 4 Blocks

McGrady broke Shaquille O’Neal’s record for consecutive 30-point games. With his 41 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Magic to a 101-84 win, he broke O’Neal’s record of five straight games with at least 30 points. McGrady scored 13 of his 41 points in the final seven minutes of the second quarter. He finished the game by making 16 of 29 shots from the field.

Orlando Magic - 34 Points

Date: February 25, 2007

Stats: 34 Points, 4 Rebounds, 6 Assists, 1 Steal, 0 Blocks

McGrady looked vintage by leading the Rockets to a 97-93 win over his former team. McGrady had a rough night shooting, making just 8 of 20 shots, but he made 15 of 18 shots at the free-throw line. It made up for the seven turnovers he made. As a team, the Rockets made 14 of 27 shots from the three-point line.

Philadelphia 76ers - 44 Points

Date: March 28, 2001

Stats: 44 Points, 9 Rebounds, 6 Assists, 0 Steals, 0 Blocks

McGrady made 18 of 35 shots from the field in a game where he took and missed one three-point shot. He made 8 of 10 shots at the free-throw line. He was just one rebound shy of recording a double-double but led the team in rebounding while trying Armstrong with six assists in the narrow 96-95 win.

Phoenix Suns - 44 Points

Date: February 20, 2001

Stats: 44 Points, 9 Rebounds, 4 Assists, 1 Steal, 1 Block

The Suns used a strong performance from three 20-point scorers, while Jason Kidd had a double-double of 15 points and 15 assists to lead the Suns to a 110-104 win. McGrady tried to counter with 44 points with 18 of 31 shots landing. However, the collective group of the Suns was enough to pull away.

Portland Trail Blazers - 39 Points

Date: December 15, 2000

Stats: 39 Points, 4 Rebounds, 6 Assists, 2 Steals, 1 Block

Rasheed Wallace used 22 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Trail Blazers to a 106-96 win. The Trail Blazers had five double-digit scorers, while McGrady and company had just three. McGrady made 14 of 25 shots from the field, including 10 of 11 at the free-throw line. Nonetheless, the Magic could not overcome a second-quarter where they were outscored 29-19.

Sacramento Kings - 44 Points

Date: November 9, 2001

Stats: 44 Points, 13 Rebounds, 6 Assists, 3 Steals, 2 Blocks

McGrady made 14 of his 30 shots and 15 of his 20 free throws, as well as had a double-double to lead the Magic to a 115-105 win. It helped the Magic push past 31 points from Peja Stojakovic. All five members of the Kings' starting lineup finished in double figures, but the Magic still did enough to pull out the 10-point win.

San Antonio Spurs - 38 Points

Date: January 20, 2001

Stats: 38 Points, 8 Rebounds, 4 Assists, 1 Steal, 2 Blocks

The Magic were trying to get back to .500 on the season. With the 112-109 win, it was a bit-time win over the 23-15 Spurs. It was a poor shooting night for McGrady, who made just 12 of 33 shots, but he capitalized on 12 of 14 shots at the free-throw line. The Magic overcame 29 points from Tim Duncan and 28 points from David Robinson.

Toronto Raptors - 38 Points

Date: November 12, 2002

Stats: 38 Points, 5 Rebounds, 8 Assists, 1 Steal, 0 Blocks

The Raptors needed two 30-point scorers to come out with a 115-109 win over the Magic. The Raptors used 32 points from Alvin Williams and 30 points from Jerome Williams to spoil McGrady’s strong performance. The Raptors were also without three starters and three reserves. McGrady scored 19 of his 38 points in the third quarter, but the Raptors used a 35-18 edge in the fourth to pull away.

Utah Jazz - 47 Points

Date: November 1, 2007

Stats: 47 Points, 4 Rebounds, 4 Assists, 0 Steals, 0 Blocks

The second game of the season saw McGrady make 17 of 27 shots and 11 of 14 free throws. It felt like a revenge win after the Jazz eliminated the Rockets the season before. It was the 42nd career 40-point game for McGrady. Despite 30 points from Carlos Boozer, the Rockets came out with the 106-95 win.

Washington Wizards - 62 Points

Date: March 10, 2004

Stats: 62 Points, 10 Rebounds, 5 Assists, 1 Steal, 0 Blocks

It was a record that was not seen by many. The 20-42 Wizards were playing the 18-48 Magic in Orlando, so it was a battle between two bad teams. With that said, McGrady became the fourth NBA player in the last 12 years to score as many as 60 points, joining David Robinson, Michael Jordan, and Shaquille O’Neal. McGrady set a new franchise record for points, while it was the first 60-point game since Shaq scored 61 points in 2000. 


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