ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Not even a restless newborn daughter can
slow down Tracy McGrady.
The Orlando forward returned from a one-game absence and
overcame a sleepless night to score 31 points, grab 12 rebounds and
hit three crucial free throws in Orlando's 113-108 victory against
McGrady missed Sunday's 91-83 loss at Boston to be with his
fiancee, who gave birth to their daughter, Layla Clarice. It hasn't
taken long for McGrady to get a lesson in fatherhood.
"Yeah, I'm a little bit tired," said McGrady, who played 38
minutes in notching his ninth double-double of the year. "She was
waking up every hour last night. We've got to try to break in that
system where she sleeps at night. But everything is good. She's
feeling good, I'm good. It's great."
McGrady was 15-of-18 from the free-throw line, including 3-of-4
in the final 13.7 seconds. He had 14 points in the fourth quarter,
going 8-for-10 at the line, and scored at least 30 points for the
sixth consecutive game.
``We didn't care (he was fatigued) because he's had four days
off," Rivers said with a laugh. "The number 38 is not a bad
amount of minutes for him. If we could keep it at that, it would be
After McGrady's two free throws put Orlando ahead 112-108 with
13.7 seconds left, Cleveland called a timeout. Smush Parker's
3-point attempt was off and McGrady was fouled. He hit one of two
shots with 2.7 seconds left for the final margin.
Cleveland fell to 3-22 on the road and is 1-3 under new coach
Keith Smart, who lost his coaching debut to Orlando, 103-94, on
"We played against a team that's seasoned and our guys are
playing with a new identity and with a defensive presence," Smart
said. "We had a chance to win the ballgame. A break here or an
offensive rebound there could've helped us. We were very fortunate
to be in the ballgame, let alone be close enough to win the game."
Mike Miller finished with 21 points for Orlando despite going
just 8-of-22 from the field. He is a combined 10-for-40 from the
floor in the last two games.
"We were making youth mistakes," said Darius Miles, who had
seven points for Cleveland. "We are a young team and just trying
to run with the Magic is crazy. They will shoot a 3-pointer on a
three-on-one. We aren't disciplined sometimes. Once we get
disciplined and learn how to play the game, we will be all right."
Miller gave Orlando a 110-105 lead with 25.8 seconds remaining
and Davis answered with a pair of free throws. Miles then stole
Miller's inbounds pass and the Cavaliers called timeout with 18.5
Chris Mihm hit one of two free throws and Orlando called timeout
with a 110-108 lead and 14.5 seconds to go.
The Cavaliers opened the fourth quarter with a three-point play
by Michael Stewart to take a 85-84 lead. McGrady followed with a
pair of free throws that put Orlando in the lead for good.
Cleveland's Tyrone Hill (bruised right hand) was activated
after missing the past five games. ... Each team had 11 steals. ...
Cleveland missed all five of its 3-point attempts. ... With the
exception of Sunday's game, Orlando has been led by McGrady in
scoring 17 of the last 18 games.