The Cleveland Cavaliers blow out the Orlando Magic at home 117-103. Cavs improve to 11-3 and Magic fall to 6-8 on the season. Cavaliers are 8-0 at home. Kevin Love led the way with a season high 34 points on 11 of 18 from the field, grabbed eight rebounds, dished out four assists, and knocked down six three-pointers. Love simply went off this game and was on fire. LeBron James posted a double-double with 15 points, handed out 13 assists, and plucked six rebounds. LeBron only shot 1 of 5 from the foul line. Cavaliers were plus 29 with James on the floor.
Matthew Dellavedova put in 15 points on 5 of 8 from the field, gave out nine assists, and drained four three-pointers. Dellavedova has played very well while Kyrie Irving, and Mo Williams have sat out. Tristan Thompson racked up nine points on 3 of 4 from the field, and picked up 14 rebounds. Thompson was one point shy of a double-double. Richard Jefferson added seven points on 3 of 5 from the field off the bench.
J.R. Smith managed 26 points on 10 of 16 from the field, and made six three-pointers. Anderson Varejao dropped in four points on a perfect 2 of 2 from the field, and gathered eight rebounds off the pine.
Cavaliers shot very well tonight as they shot 53.1 percent from the field, and shot an awesome 51.4 percent on 18 of 35 from three-point range. Cavaliers moved the ball very well as a team with 34 assists in the game and did not turn the ball over much. Cavaliers were losing by 10 points in the first half but they stepped up in the second half, and got more stops on defense. Love really got the Cavs back in the game in the first half. Cavaliers are still having a very good season so far despite injuries and they are currently first place in the Eastern Conference.
Meanwhile, Kyrie Irving, and Iman Shumpert have still not played a game for the Cavaliers this season as they are still recovering from injury. Timofey Mozgov missed tonights game with a shoulder injury, and Mo Williams also did not play with a right leg injury. Cavaliers will play the Toronto Raptors next game Wednesday on the road.
For the Magic, Andrew Nicholson notched 18 points on 6 of 9 from the field to go along with eight rebounds off the bench. Evan Fournier contributed 13 points on 4 of 5 from the field, and shot a perfect 3 of 3 from downtown. Nikola Vucevic scored 12 points on 6 of 10 from the field, and caught five rebounds. Aaron Gordan recorded 11 points on 5 of 10 from the field, snagged six rebounds, and blocked three shots. Channing Frye chipped in 9 points on a perfect 3 of 3 from three-point land in seven minutes off the bench.
The Magic bench out-scored the Cavs bench 59 to 18, but it was not enough for them to beat the Cavs. Magic shot a solid 49.4 percent from the field, and shot 45.5 percent on 10 of 22 from three-point distance, but they let the Cavs get too comfortable on offense in this game. Magic allowed the Cavs to shoot 53.1 percent from the field and Cavs made 18 three-pointers. Magic did shoot merely 61.9 percent on 13 of 21 from the free-throw line.
Magic were winning by 10 points in the first half, and they were only losing by four points going into the second half, but the game got away from them quickly in the second half and they ended up losing by 14 points. Magic have now lost three of their last four games. Magic will head back home on Wednesday to play against the New York Knicks.