Cavs stick with plan, and it pays off

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Right up until tipoff, everyone in Gund Arena
thought Tracy McGrady would play -- including John Lucas.

The Cleveland Cavaliers coach even altered his starting lineup
to defend against McGrady, only to learn the All-Star guard was a
late scratch with a sore foot.

Lucas' adjustment still paid off. Ricky Davis scored 27 points
in a rare start to lead the Cavaliers to a 111-96 victory over the
Orlando Magic on Sunday night.

McGrady warmed up before the game, but some tenderness in his
right foot forced Magic coach Doc Rivers to make changes when he
walked onto the court.

"I know he is worried about the foot. There was something in
his foot that they saw in the X-ray and they want to do all kinds
of CAT scans, MRIs tomorrow," Rivers said. "It wasn't a break or
anything like that, we know that."

McGrady said he wanted to play, but didn't want to cause a
possible stress fracture.

"This game was important, but we are looking toward the
future," McGrady said.

Davis shot 10-for-16 from the field and 6-for-6 from the foul line
with nine rebounds and eight assists. Lucas started Davis in place
of Chris Mihm, with the intention of having Davis guard McGrady.

Lucas acknowledged Orlando was a different team without McGrady,
who leads the Magic in scoring with a 24.8 average.

"We'll take it," Lucas said.

Wesley Person scored 26 points on 10-for-19 shooting, and Lamond
Murray added 19 points and 13 rebounds for Cleveland. Andre Miller
had 15 assists.

Orlando also was without starting forward Pat Garrity, who had a
right thigh contusion. McGrady and Garrity combine for 35 points
a game.

The Magic got 24 points from reserve Troy Hudson, and Mike
Miller added 23.

"We scored 96, and our guys should be proud to do that without
McGrady and Garrity, but you can't give up 111 points," Rivers

Orlando did not have a rebounder in double figures and was
dominated by the Cavaliers 55-28 on the boards.

"This is our third night in a row that we have outrebounded
teams. We outrebounded the world champions, we outrebounded Indiana
and we also outrebounded this team tonight," Lucas said.

The Cavaliers took their first lead of the third quarter, 67-66,
with 5:59 left on a pair of free throws by Davis, then went on a
13-2 run for an 80-71 advantage.

Jumaine Jones, who scored 12 points, started the spurt by
getting fouled while hitting a layup. Jones missed the free throw,
but Davis leaped up and stuffed it back in.

"No one boxed me out and I just saw it kind of coming off, so I
started going in and put in down," Davis said.

The Cavaliers opened the fourth quarter up 84-74. Mike Miller
hit a 3-pointer with 8:39 left to close to 89-84, but Murray
responded with a 3-pointer a minute later.

"Lamond Murray's 3-point shot in the corner when they were
beginning to put some pressure on us turned the game," Lucas said.

Cleveland opened a 13-point lead halfway through the fourth
quarter on 3-pointers from Davis and Person.

The Magic got 13 points from Troy Williams and two points from
Jed Buechler, who started in place of McGrady and Garrity. Darrell
Armstrong had 14 points.

Orlando ended the first half with an 11-5 run to take a 55-51
lead after Hudson tied it at 44 on a 3-pointer with 5:54 left in
the second quarter.

The Cavaliers took a 27-17 lead in the first quarter on the
strength of a 14-0 run that included two 3-pointers by Person and a
dunk and alley-oop layup from Davis.

Orlando closed to 33-27 at the end of the quarter with eight
points from Hudson.

Game notes
McGrady and Garrity are listed as day-to-day. ... Mihm did
not start for the first time this season. ... Cleveland leads the
overall series 24-23. ... Orlando averaged 107.7 points in its
previous seven games. ... The Cavaliers had 32 assists to 19 for
Orlando. Orlando is 24-2 when it has more assists than its opponent, 5-24 when they have fewer.


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