Keith Smart watched from a new courtside seat, but saw a very familiar game.
Tracy McGrady scored 35 points and spoiled Smart's coaching debut with Cleveland, leading the Orlando Magic to a 103-94 win last night over the host Cavaliers.
McGrady came in as the league's leading scorer at 30 points per game, and had matched that with 6 minutes 55 seconds left in the third quarter with a pair of free throws.
At that point, McGrady had outscored the Cavs' starters 30-29. He had 33 points after three, and Orlando Coach Doc Rivers planned to rest his star before the Cavs rallied.
Cleveland got close with a late run but fell to an NBA-worst 8-35 with its fifth straight loss and first under Smart, who was hired as interim coach on Monday when Cleveland fired John Lucas.
"I was happy with the guys because they could have said, 'Here we go again', and rolled over," Smart said. "But they fought tonight. They didn't give up."
Zydrunas Ilgauskas led Cleveland with a career-high 35 points, but the Cavs, who have lost 11 of 13, didn't play much better with Smart calling the shots as they had with Lucas for the first 42 games this season.
Ricky Davis, Cleveland's leading scorer this season, had just 11 points -- 11 below his average.
"We're at the bottom of the barrel," said Cavs forward Darius Miles. "We can only go up. It takes time. We're a young team. Everyone just needs to calm down and relax."
* MAVERICKS 107, ROCKETS 86: Dirk Nowitzki scored 12 of his 26 points during a game-breaking second quarter and Raef LaFrentz contained Yao Ming, helping host Dallas end a three-game losing streak. LaFrentz had eight points, but played a key role by helping hold Yao to six points and five rebounds in 22 minutes.
* KINGS 109, NETS 102: Chris Webber had 36 points, 15 rebounds and 8 assists and all five Sacramento starters scored in double figures, leading the Kings at home.
Jason Kidd led New Jersey with 27 points.