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#NBATogetherLive: Tracy McGrady explodes for a career-high 62 points vs. the Washington Wizards in 2004

On March 10, 2004, Orlando Magic swingman Tracy McGrady delivered the ultimate heat-check performance in a 108-99 win over the Washington Wizards, overcoming a 40 point performance from Gilbert Arenas.

McGrady poured in a career-high 62 points on 20-of-37 shots, including 5-of-14 from 3-point range, and 17-of-26 free throws, falling just shy of becoming the then-fifth player in NBA history to record 70 points.

He added 10 rebounds and five assists on the night, doing most of his damage over the second (21 points) and third (24) quarters.

With his career night, McGrady became the first player in more than four years to score 60+ and was the first 60-point game since Shaquille O'Neal dropped 61 in 2000. O'Neal also held the previous Magic franchise-record with 53 points.

Watch T-Mac's performance below:

McGrady brought up his 60th point at the free-throw line with 5:44 remaining in the fourth quarter. His previous career-high was 52 points on February 21, 2003, against the Chicago Bulls.

"My teammates came to me and told me to get 60, then they told me to get 70," McGrady said, post-game.

"I was going for 70 and if I would have made my free throws, I would have had it. But this was a big night for me personally because it's been a long season. It's been a frustrating season, but this will give me a little boost."

This game was a rare bright spot in the season for the Magic, who went on to win just 21 games in 2003-04. Despite their poor record, McGrady led the league in scoring, averaging 28 points per game - his second scoring title in a row.

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