The Cleveland Cavaliers at home pulled off the win against the Orlando Magic 104-103. The Cavaliers improve to 27-17, and the Magic fall to 13-32 on the season. The Cavaliers snap their four game losing streak. Isaiah Thomas led all scorers with 21 points on 6 of 15 from the field, including four assists, two steals, and drained three triples. Thomas made a couple big free-throws under 11 seconds remaining in the game to give the Cavs a 104-103 lead. LeBron James put in 16 points on 7 of 16 from the field, grabbed five rebounds, and dished out six assists.
Kevin Love posted a double-double with 12 points on just 3 of 10 from the field, and plucked 11 rebounds. Jae Crowder finished with 10 points on 4 of 5 from the floor, and picked up five rebounds in 23 minutes. Dwyane Wade added 11 points on 5 of 11 from the field in 18 minutes off the bench. Jeff Green contributed 10 points on 4 of 8 from the floor, pulled down eight rebounds, and accumulated two steals off the pine. Derrick Rose returned to the lineup for the first time after he missed the last couple months with an ankle injured, and scored nine points on 3 of 6 from the field in 13 minutes off the bench.
The Cavaliers shot 44.7 percent from the field, and shot a horrid 29.4 percent on 10 of 34 from three-point range. The Cavaliers played sloppy with 19 turnovers. The Cavaliers were up 67-47 at half-time, but the Magic out-scored them by 16 points in the third quarter. The Magic in fact had a one point lead with under one minute remaining in the game. This was a must win for the Cavaliers at home as they have struggled of late, and were on a four game losing streak. The Cavaliers will host the Oklahoma City Thunder today.
LeBron James said, “Obviously we know we’ve been struggling as of late, we’re just trying to figure out how we can put two halves together. Obviously we had a great first half on Monday (against Golden State), great first half today and the same result. So we’ve got to keep pushing, keep watching film and seeing ways we can be better.”
For the Magic, Aaron Gordan recorded a double-double with 17 points on 7 of 20 from the field, to go along with 11 rebounds, and three steals. Evan Fournier managed 17 points on 6 of 15 from the floor, and snatched five rebounds. Elfrid Payton pitched in 19 points on 9 of 17 from the field, gave out eight assists, collected four rebounds, and stripped away two steals. Jonathon Simmons totaled 16 points on 5 of 10 from the floor, handed out four assists, and picked up two steals. Shelvin Mack dropped in 10 points on a perfect 5 of 5 from the field off the bench.
Mario Hezonja generated 12 points on 5 of 11 from the floor, and stripped away two steals off the pine. The Magic shot 46.6 percent from the field, and shot merely 22.7 percent on 5 of 22 from three-point distance. The Magic competed well on the road, but they just did not play well enough for 48 minutes to win the game. Meanwhile, Nikola Vucevic did not play with a left hand injury.