ORLANDO, Fla, April 27 (Ticker) -- Baron Davis
had plenty of
After having his game-winning 3-pointer waved off by referees,
Davis made two more in overtime to complete the best game of his
career and give the Charlotte Hornets a thrilling 110-100
victory over the Orlando Magic.
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Baron in the Crunch:
In the second straight overtime game of the best-of-five series,
Charlotte again won without sidelined leading scorer Jamal
and took a 2-1 lead. The Hornets can advance to the
conference semifinals for the second straight year with a win
Baron Davis puts down the two-handed flush while putting up a triple-double.|
Bothered by back spasms at the end of Game 2, Davis had 33
points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists for his first career playoff
triple-double. The All-Star guard may have had better games in
his career, but not in this type of setting.
"The last couple of days I have been getting treatment, massages and stretching a lot," Davis said. "Once the game started and I was able to get some minutes under my belt, my back started to loosen up, and that is why you saw me dunking."
Davis and everyone else was forced to work overtime after the
officiating crew disallowed his 3-pointer at the end of regulation.
"We had to win that game twice," Hornets guard David Wesley said.
With the score tied, 92-92, and eight-tenths of a second
remaining, Davis received an inbounds pass well above the top of
the arc and flung in a banker that triggered a temporary
celebration. The shot was waved off.
"The game should have been over with," Hornets forward P.J. Brown said. "The replay clearly showed that. You just have to let it go. The shot was in and I guess the guys in black and white are human, too."
"Initially, I thought it was good," Magic coach Doc Rivers said. "But when you think about it, it is impossible to catch, turn, jump and shoot in 0.8 seconds, and that is basically what [referee] Bernie Fryer said right away."
Initially upset at the call, Davis was unaffected in overtime.
His 3-pointer between free throws by Jamaal Magloire and P.J.
Brown gave the Hornets a 97-92 lead.
Orlando's Pat Garrity answered with a 3-pointer, but Brown made
jumpers from the left baseline on consecutive possessions for a
103-95 lead with 2:07 remaining.
"Your heart sinks a little bit when something like that happens," Hornets coach Paul Silas said. "We thought the game was still winnable, and we got off to a good start in overtime. That boosted our confidence."
The Magic got no closer than
six points thereafter, and Davis sealed it with another
3-pointer over Tracy McGrady for a 109-100 lead with 37 seconds left.
"Once you figure out that they're not going to overturn the call, you've got to regroup," Davis said. "We weren't going to let this game slip away. We knew we had momentum going into the overtime. We knew in order to win in the playoffs, you have to maintain your focus and you have to be able to refocus. And I think that's what we did a good job of."
McGrady, nursing a sore back of his own, again led the Magic with 37 points. But the All-Star swingman did not score in overtime and is on the verge of first-round elimination for the third straight year.
"They were the aggressor in overtime," McGrady admitted. "They came out attacking right away. By the time we tried to attack, it was too late."
"We missed a couple of shots in overtime, our heads started hanging," Garrity added. "They hit a couple of shots, and our heads started hanging more."
A 3-pointer by McGrady forged a 92-92 tie with 1:12 remaining in the fourth quarter and set up the drama with Davis. It was the fourth tie of the period.
"The refs never gave us a reason why the shot wasn't good," Silas said. "The replays will show you that it was good, but it's in the hands of the refs, it's at their discretion."
A seesaw first half saw Orlando open an early 14-point lead before Charlotte scored 20 straight points and stormed to a 13-point advantage. The Magic closed to 50-45 at halftime, then scored the first eight points of the third quarter to regain the lead.
A layup by Monty Williams pushed the advantage to 69-60 before Charlotte's Lee Nailon scored the last six points of the period. That triggered a 16-4 run that David Wesley capped with a 3-pointer for a 76-73 lead with 8:57 to go. Stacey Augmon's basket kept the edge at 92-89 with 1:34 left.
Brown scored 17 points and Magloire added 15 and 10 rebounds for the Hornets, who had six players in double figures and again held a huge advantage on the boards. With six players grabbing at least five rebounds, Charlotte had a 52-38 edge.
"Baron was tremendous on the boards," Silas said. "We have to have everyone rebounding, and if we get that, then we can play with anybody."
Darrell Armstrong had 21 points and eight assists for the Magic, who again fired away from long range, making 7-of-23. Orlando shot under 40 percent (33-of-83) overall while Charlotte shot 44 percent (39-of-89).