ORLANDO, Fla, Jan. 5 (Ticker) --
While his teammates bombed away from the arc, Horace Grant
collected three points the old fashioned way.
Grant had his best game of the season and the Orlando Magic used a 3-point barrage in the fourth quarter to pull away for a 118-109 victory over the Golden State Warriors, who lost their fourth straight game.
Grant had season highs of 15 points and 11 rebounds. He helped the Magic get off to a terrific start, then had a small hand in Orlando's late surge.
"It was just a night when I felt good," said Grant. "With Grant Hill
out, guys have to step up. Tonight, it was myself and the bench."
NBA.comTV highlights from Warriors-Magic:
56k | 300k |
Troy Hudson scored 26 to lead the Magic in scoring for the first time, with 12 of those coming in the fourth quarter.
Tony Firriolo /NBAE/Getty Images
The Magic made 13-of-26 3-pointers, including 6-of-6 in the fourth quarter, when Troy Hudson, Pat Garrity
and Darrell Armstrong
sank two apiece.
"It's good to bust games open," Garrity said. "It's demoralizing when you're defending a team well and all of a
sudden, they hit a couple of threes. But you can't depend on it. You can't use it as a weapon."
"The three is a big part of our game," swingman Mike Miller
said. "We've got one of the best outside shooting teams in the league. Anytime you've got that, you're gonna take threes, which helps loosen up the defense."
The Warriors rallied from an 18-point second-quarter deficit to pull into an 88-88 tie on Bob Sura's
layup with 11:12 remaining. The Magic responded with a 12-5 run that included two 3-pointers each from Hudson and Garrity, opening a 100-93 lead.
"We were kicking in to Tracy (McGrady)
on the post and he did a great job of finding us," Hudson said. "We kept moving without the ball and he was unselfish to kick it out so we could knock down open shots."
"If you double (McGrady), there are a lot of good shooters on the perimeter and you have to hope they miss some," Warriors coach Brian Winters said. "It was one of those nights where everyone made shots."
Golden State still was within 102-97 when Orlando sealed it with a 9-2 run. Armstrong -- 1-of-10 from the field to that point -- made a pair of 3-pointers around a conventional three-point play by Grant to widen the advantage to 111-99 with 3:09 to go.
Hudson scored a season-high 26 points, Miller had 19 and McGrady 17, 10 rebounds and eight assists for Orlando, which beat Golden State for the fifth straight time and swept the season series.
Hudson made 9-of-17 shots and was part of a bench that outscored Golden State's reserves, 50-42.
"We're here to help the starters out," Hudson said. "Whatever they don't have cooking, that's our job, to come in and try to contribute."
"Our bench has been outstanding the last few games," Grant said. "They are coming in and not hesitating shooting the ball and playing defense. Basically, we're not skipping a beat."
scored 27 points and Chris Mills
contributed a season-high 20 for the Warriors, who fell to 0-3 on a four-game road trip that ends Sunday in Miami.
Golden State shot 49 percent (42-of-86) but attempted just six 3-pointers, making four.
"It's hard to overcome the three ball," Winters said. "They made 13 to our four, which is nine more makes and equals 27
points. It's tough to overcome that."
Williams scored 11 points for Orlando. Larry Hughes
and rookie Jason Richardson
scored 14 apiece for Golden State.
The Magic made 15-of-25 shots in the first period, including 5-of-8 from 3-point range, and opened a 39-23 lead. A layup by Monty Williams
widened the advantage to 43-25 less than a minute into the second period.
The Warriors fought back within four points but trailed 68-57 at halftime. Jamison scored nine points in the third quarter as Golden State cut the deficit to 88-84 entering the final period.