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NBA Basketball: Rockets' Tracy McGrady Scores 41 Points Against Bucks


In the National Basketball Association, the Houston Rockets' Tracy McGrady scored 41 points Monday to embarrass the Bucks in Milwaukee, 97-80.

For a long stretch in the fourth quarter, McGrady was the only scorer on the floor, pitching in 14 consecutive points that handed the Rockets a commanding 15-point lead.

The lowly Atlanta Hawks were 11 points behind twice in the second half but came back to upset the Indiana Pacers, 104-94. Joe Johnson netted 28 points and Al Harrington added 20 more to lift the Hawks at home. Atlanta's 11-28 record ranks 29th among the NBA's 30 teams.

The Los Angeles Clippers also were come-from-behind winners, surmounting a 19-point deficit to beat their California rivals, the Golden State Warriors, 96-93. Elton Brand led the Clippers with 28 points and nine rebounds, and Sam Cassell hit four free throws during the final 70 seconds to seal the win on the road in Oakland.

The Celtics, Nuggets and Jazz also won Monday. Boston routed the New Orleans Hornets, 91-78, the Denver Nuggets topped the Toronto Raptors, 107-101, and the Utah Jazz overpowered the New Jersey Nets, 89-78.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.