Irving, Cavs down Magic
Orlando, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Kyrie Irving poured in 31 points to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 109-100 victory over the Orlando Magic on Friday.
Dion Waiters scored 21 and Anderson Varejao had 10 points and 14 rebounds for Cleveland, which will face the Heat in Miami on Saturday.
Victor Oladipo netted 26 and Jameer Nelson and Arron Afflalo had 17 points apiece for the Magic, who will travel to Oklahoma City to play the Thunder on Sunday. Andrew Nicholson scored 12 points and had 10 rebounds in defeat.
Waiters scored the first 14 points of the fourth quarter for Cleveland. The last six sparked a 14-0 run before Afflalo halted it with a 12-foot jumper that came with 4:57 to play.
The Cavaliers trailed by as much as 11 and came no closer than five to finish the game.
An Irving dunk 3:01 into the third gave Cleveland its first lead since 4-2. The Magic, however, came right back with a 9-0 run to go up eight points, 64-56.
After trailing by as much as nine the Cavaliers climbed within three points to close out the quarter, 76-73.
Irving made a 20-foot jumper 5:35 into the second quarter that sparked a 9-0 run for Cleveland to tie the game at 40-40 with 3:32 left in the half.
Orlando responded immediately on a Nelson 3 that began a 9-2 burst but Cleveland pulled within 51-50 at halftime.
Orlando began a 12-2 run on an Oladipo trey 3:13 into the game. Andrew Bynum halted the run with a tip-in. The Cavaliers finished the quarter with a 7-2 run that brought them within nine points, 28-19, after trailing by as many as 14.
Cleveland has won five of its last six ... Cleveland is 41-48 all-time against Orlando ... Oladipo tied his career high in points ... C.J. Miles had 10 points for Cleveland ... Tobias Harris scored 10 points for the Magic.
12/13 22:45:34 ET