Hudson scored 16 of his 22 points in the second half, and Tracy
McGrady had 29 points, eight rebounds and six assists, leading
Orlando to a 106-98 victory over the Cavaliers on Tuesday night.
"We knew what (Hudson) was going to do, but he did it anyway,"
said Cleveland coach John Lucas after the Cavaliers lost for the
15th time in 16 games.
The victory sent Orlando into the All-Star break with a
plus-.500 record (25-24), something the Magic wanted and needed.
"It's a good win for us, to get some momentum," McGrady said.
"Now we've got to come back ready to do business."
Hudson's offense keyed a late run that put the Cavaliers away
Cleveland had rallied from an 18-point third-quarter deficit,
and trailed 74-70 with a minute left in the period.
That's when Hudson took over. He scored 12 of Orlando's next 18
points, and the Magic pushed their lead back to 18 points, 92-74,
with 8 minutes to play.
"We know (McGrady) is going to make some plays, get to the free
throw line and score," Cleveland point guard Andre Miller said.
"So there's not too much you can do, but try and not let the other
guys get off. Tonight, we let Troy Hudson get off. That kind of
changed the game."
The Magic appeared to take control early in the third quarter
behind a 23-4 run that spanned halftime. McGrady had nine points in
the outburst, and his 3-pointer put Orlando ahead 64-46 with 9:29
left in the quarter.
But Cleveland stormed back, cutting the deficit to four points
within eight minutes.
"We're not a team that's going to go away," Lucas said. "I'm
not going to let us go away."
Orlando broke open a tight first half by closing out the second
quarter on a 13-2 run for a 10-point lead at the break.
Cleveland had a problem rear up before halftime. Andre Miller
picked up his fourth foul with 13.8 seconds remaining, and coach
John Lucas was slapped with a technical for arguing.
Miller seemed to be hampered by his foul trouble in the second
half, scoring only three points.
Orlando evened its all-time record against Cleveland at
23-23. ... Magic coach Doc Rivers said center Patrick Ewing could
return by next Tuesday. Ewing has been sidelined with tendinitis in
his right calf and Achilles' tendon since Jan. 7. ... Cleveland
center Michael Doleac played his first game in Orlando since the
Magic traded him to the Cavaliers on the night of the NBA Draft.
Doleac, who played his first three seasons here, received a nice
ovation from the crowd when he checked in late in the fourth
quarter. He finished with six points.