None of the Cavaliers actually saw the ugly play that marred the end of Cleveland's 109-100 victory over the Orlando Magic on Friday night at Amway Center.

Anderson Varejao, all alone under the basket, made a layup to give the Cavs a 108-100 lead with 10.2 seconds left. As the ball slipped through the hoop, Orlando's Andrew Nicholson used two hands to shove down an unsuspecting Varejao. Dion Waiters charged toward Nicholson and was escorted away by Cavs rookie Matthew Dellavedova.

Eventually, Nicholson was called for a flagrant 2 foul and ejected. Jarrett Jack made the technical free throw to account for the final score.

"I didn’t mean to hurt him,'' Nicholson said. "I didn’t try to hurt him. I didn’t think I pushed him that hard, but it’s part of the game.”

The Cavs were trying to sort things out.

"I still don’t know what happened,'' said Varejao, whose banged his left knee on that play after banging his right knee on Orlando rookie Victor Oladipo's knee in the first half. "I laid it up, then a second later somebody hit me. I didn’t even know it was him. I’m going to watch [film] and see what really happened. But yes, I was surprised. The game was over and there was no reason for that.''

Coach Mike Brown said he never saw Nicholson.

"I just thought Andy was wide open,'' Brown said. "That's how late he was coming in fouling him.''

Even Waiters didn't see the play.

"I just heard Andy scream,'' he said. "I think it was a cheap shot. I really didn’t see it, but he could’ve hurt himself worse than what he did. You just don’t do that.

"That’s Andy man. That’s my big brother, you know? I learned a lot from him and a person like that, you’ve got to have his back, no matter what. That’s everybody on the team. If anybody else was in that situation, I’d have done the same thing. It’s not about being the toughest guy on the team, it’s about having your teammates’ back and sticking up for one another. We say '1-2-3 family' [coming out of huddles], so at the end of the day, we’re all we got.''

It took that sort of fight for the Cavs to battle back and win their third straight game, their fifth in six games, to improve to 9-13 overall, 2-10 on the road.