ORLANDO, Fla, April 30 (Ticker) -- Tracy McGrady had a lot to say before Game Four, but Baron Davis let his play do the talking.

Davis had 28 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists for his second consecutive triple-double as the Charlotte Hornets advanced to the Eastern Conference semifinals with a 102-85 victory over McGrady and the Orlando Magic.

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In a radio interview before Game Four, McGrady said he clearly was the best player in thus first-round series with Charlotte and had to carry his team more than Davis. He also guaranteed the series would return to the Charlotte Coliseum for a decisive fifth game.

"It was a must-win situation for us, I wasn't ready for a vacation and my team wasn't," McGrady said. "I had to guarantee it."

With triple-doubles in consecutive games, Baron Davis earned Tracy McGrady's respect.
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"When people trash talk, it can motivate both teams," Davis said. "We took it as motivation to say let us come out here and this before it goes back to Charlotte. Everybody on our team read his comments and what was said. It fueled us in the mind-set we were going to take it to them."

Both players were battling back injuries, but while McGrady remained inconsistent, Davis was the most unstoppable player on the court for the second straight game.

"I don't want to get into all that, even after we won," Davis said of McGrady's guarantee. "Tracy McGrady dominated even with the bad back. What I wanted to do was lead my team and not get into who was the best player in the series. I'm just a young, up-and-coming guy trying to get my (publicity) here and there."

Davis stepped up in the absence of Charlotte's leading scorer, Jamal Mashburn, who missed the final three games of the series due to anemia and B-12 deficiency.

After struggling in Game Two due to back spasms, Davis consulted a specialist and collected 61 points, 25 rebounds and 20 assists as the Hornets won the final two contests and advanced to the second round for the third time in four years.

"I don't think many people gave us a shot when Mash wasn't playing," Charlotte guard David Wesley said. "I felt like we might have been written off when they won a game on our floor. But we definitely got it back in the third and fourth games."

Visibly in pain from his own back troubles, McGrady scored 35 points on 12-of-22 shooting but got little help.

"The fact that he had to come off the floor was deflating to our team," Magic coach Doc Rivers said. "When he was off the floor, we were struggling for points and couldn't find any. I tried to find the right combinations. It was a desperate search for me. I tried big, small, traps, zones, nothing worked tonight."

The Hornets never trailed after the first quarter and had a 71-60 cushion with 1:49 left in the third. But McGrady completed a three-point play and buried a 3-pointer to bring the Magic within 71-66.

Charlotte took a 75-69 edge into the final quarter and McGrady was called for a technical foul for a defensive three-second violation just 52 seconds into the period.

Wesley buried the free throw and Jamaal Magloire followed a missed 3-pointer by McGrady with a dunk for a 78-69 cushion at 10:12. Magloire sank 1-of-2 free throws 38 seconds later and made a layup to give the Hornets an 81-69 cushion with 8:52 to go.

The Magic had a chance to rally when Magloire was ejected after committing a flagrant foul on McGrady with 5 1/2 minutes left. McGrady sank 1-of-2 free throws and Troy Hudson made a layup to bring the Magic within 87-78, but the Hornets responded with a 7-1 run.

P.J. Brown had a fast-break layup, Stacey Augmon completed a three-point play and, after McGrady made 1-of-2 from the line, Davis capped the burst and sealed the game with a pair of free throws to make it 94-79 with 4:23 left.

Magloire scored a playoff career-high 19 points and Wesley added 18 for the Hornets, who will face the winner of the first-round series between the New Jersey Nets and Indiana Pacers.

Augmon scored 13 points and Elden Campbell had 10 and seven rebounds. Brown collected nine and eight and George Lynch grabbed 10 boards as the Hornets amassed a 51-42 rebounding edge.

"We are a physical team, we are a big team," Hornets coach Paul Silas said. "We want to play as physical as we can and dominate the boards. We try to use the gifts that we are given."

McGrady was the only player to make better than half his shots for Orlando, which shot just 39 percent (31-of-80) from the floor and made only 4-of-21 3-pointers.

Darrell Armstrong scored 11 points and Patrick Ewing had 11 and 10 rebounds off the bench in what may have been the final game of his career.

The Magic have been eliminated in the first round in each of their last four playoff appearances.

"I never thought we'd lose two," Armstrong said. "You look back and had great opportunities to win the series, but unfortunately, they came up with all the big plays."

"We played a team that was better than us, and that's tough for me to ever realize or say," Rivers added. "I don't know if I've ever been prouder of a team in my life. They never stopped fighting. I can't ease the pain, but that team we played tonight played one (heck) of a game tonight and one (heck) of a series."