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This Date in NBA History (March 10): Tracy McGrady erupts for career-high 62 points

On March 10, 2004, Tracy McGrady had the highest scoring game of his career.

The Hall of Fame forward led the Orlando Magic to a victory over the Washington Wizards with 62 points on 20-for-37 shooting from the field, 5-for-14 from 3-point range and 17-for-26 from the free throw line. In the process, McGrady set the franchise record for points scored in a game and became one of only 29 players in NBA history with a 60-point game.

McGrady added 10 rebounds, five assists and one steal to his stat line.

"My teammates came to me and told me to get 60, then they told me to get 70," McGrady said, laughing, after the 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."

It was a frustrating season for the Magic, who went 21-61 and missed the playoffs for the first time in four years, but it didn't stop McGrady from leading the league in scoring with 28.0 points per game to go along with 6.0 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 1.4 steals. He was named an All-Star for the fourth time in his career and made the All-NBA Second Team alongside Sam Cassell, Peja Stojakovic, Jermaine O'Neal and Ben Wallace.

In the offseason, McGrady was traded to the Houston Rockets, where he teamed up with Hall of Fame centre Yao Ming for a new chapter in his career.

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