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Balanced attack leads Cavs past Magic
Orlando, FL (Sports Network) - Seven Cavalier players scored double-digits as Cleveland defeated the Orlando Magic, 118-94, on Saturday at Amway Center.
Marreese Speights led the team with 18 points and had eight boards for the Cavaliers, who won their second straight game. Alonzo Gee added 17 points while Tyler Zeller and C.J. Miles scored 16 points apiece. Kyrie Irving recorded 12 points and nine assists.
"We're just trying to win as many games as possible," said Irving. "In order to do that, we just have to find consistency on this team and it starts with this road trip ... It is a challenge for us as a team and we are looking forward to it."
Arron Afflalo scored 16 points for the Magic, who have lost five straight and 17 of their last 18 games. Tobias Harris and Beno Udrih, two of the players acquired from Milwaukee in exchange for J.J. Redick on Thursday, contributed off the bench. Harris had 14 points and six rebounds and Udrih recorded 10 points and seven assists.
"I think you still hold guys accountable," said Magic head coach Jacque Vaughn. "There is no mistake in the accountability ... It doesn't guarantee you wins and losses, but we're trying to play the best that we can and that's what you want to do. Each time you step on the floor you do your job. You play the best you can."
Entering the fourth, the Cavaliers had a 79-72 advantage. They opened up the period with an 8-0 run, with Miles firing a pair of 3-pointers.
A driving dunk by Harris and a layup by Moe Harkless brought the Magic within 87-76 with 9 1/2 minutes remaining, but the Cavaliers went on an another 8-0 run to make it 95-76 with 7:52 to play.
The Magic didn't get closer than 15 the rest of the way.
The Cavaliers had a 26-25 edge entering the second quarter, although that was quickly erased when Kyle O'Quinn made a free throw to tie the game. He followed that up with a 3-point play to take a 29-27 lead with 10:57 left.
Both teams continued to trade shots throughout the rest of the half. Down 51-49, Orlando's Andrew Nicholson made a hook shot to tie the game 51-51 at halftime.
Gee would open up the third quarter by scoring five straight points to give the Cavaliers a 56-51 lead with 10:11 remaining.
Cleveland extended its lead to 78-65 with 2:28 to go before Orlando went on a 7-1 run to end the quarter.
Cleveland had lost six straight at Orlando ... Doron Lamb, the other player acquired in the trade, recorded just one rebound ... Irving did not play in the fourth quarter ... Jameer Nelson missed his second consecutive game due to a left knee patella contusion ... Cleveland's Omri Casspi did not play due to abdominal pain.
02/24 00:29:34 ET
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