On this day in history, March 10th of 2004, Gilbert Arenas went off for 40 points against the Orlando Magic but was upstaged by Tracy McGrady, who went off for 62 points! T-Mac also had 10 rebounds and 5 assists to go with his career high in points.
The 62 was the first 60-point game since Shaq scored 61 on his birthday in 2000. The previous 60+ game was in 1994 when David Robinson scored 71 (the Spurs were fouling the other team in the final minutes just to get more shots) to capture the scoring title from Shaq. The 62 also broke the Orlando Magic franchise record of 53 points held by….you guessed it, Shaq!
You would probably think T-Mac would have been pretty excited about the accomplishment and win but he didn’t.
“I really didn’t enjoy it, but I should have,” McGrady said. “Usually when I have a big game like this, the crowd is going crazy and I like getting into it with them, but I didn’t feel it tonight.
“I couldn’t get into it because of the record we have, the fact we’re not going nowhere after the regular season — it’s just frustrating.”
“When it’s all said and done, this will just be one of 82 games in the book,” McGrady said. “Just close the book and that’s it. There’s nothing to be said except get ready for next season.”
At least his teammates were happy for him.
“He put on one hell of a show,” said Magic teammate Keith Bogans. “I was just sitting there watching in amazement. I’ve never seen a guy take over a game like that.”
2005 HURRICANE SHOOTOUT
A year later, McGrady and Arenas participated in the 2005 Hurricane Katrina Charity Game and ended it with one of the best shootouts I’ve ever seen.