NBA Game Summary - Orlando at Cleveland
(Saturday, February 5th)
Final Score: Cleveland 101, Orlando 92
Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) - LeBron James poured in a game-high 30 points, dished out nine assists, and grabbed six rebounds as all five starters scored in double figures to lead Cleveland past Orlando, 101-92, at Gund Arena.
Drew Gooden finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds, while Jeff McInnis netted 17 for the Cavaliers who snapped their two-game losing streak. Aleksandar Pavlovic scored 11 and Zydrunas Ilgauskas tallied 14 with nine rebounds in the win.
"This was huge," James said. "We're on a pace to win 50-some games, our goal is to get to 30 before the All-Star break."
Grant Hill led the way for Orlando with 17 points, while Steve Francis contributed 15 in the Magic's second straight loss. Dwight Howard and Tony Battie chipped in 14 points apiece in defeat.
Cleveland opened the third quarter on an 8-0 burst, to jump ahead 58-51, following a dunk by Pavlovic and never looked back.
Hill scored nine of his 17 points in the frame, but the Magic still trailed, 77-70 heading into the fourth.
"We had the momentum in the first half and then they just came out and took it to us," said Hill. "They outplayed us, outhustled us."
James started the quarter with a three-point play to give the Cavaliers a 10- point advantage. Orlando though, answered by scoring six of the next eight points in the game on a pair of three-pointers from Pat Garrity to pull within six, 82-76.
An Eric Snow trey from the corner moments later gave Cleveland an 11-point advantage, 87-76.
After each team traded a bucket, Francis brought the Magic back to within four, 92-88, when he knocked down a jumper during an 11-3 flurry. A Howard free throw capped the run and cut the deficit to three with 2:06 remaining.
Ilgauskas answered with a pair of jumpers on the next two Cleveland possessions to give the Cavs a 96-89 lead with 1:06 left.
The Magic had a chance to cut into the Cleveland lead on their next possession, but Hedo Turkoglu stepped on the sideline, giving the ball back to the Cavs. Jeff McInnis was then fouled on the ensuing inbounds attempt and hit both free throws to seal the win.
Despite 12 first-half points from James, the Cavaliers trailed 51-50 at the intermission. Orlando was led by Battie who netted 14 in the first half.
Cleveland led 26-25 after the first quarter.
Cleveland improved to 17-4 at home this season...Orlando turned the ball over 20 times, resulting in 25 Cavaliers points, while Cleveland had 17 turnovers which resulted in just 11 Orlando points...The Magic fell to 9-17 on the road this season...Cleveland shot 42 percent from the floor (35-of-82) and just 3- of-14 from beyond the arc...Orlando shot 49 percent from the field and 4-of-11 from three-point distance...It was Gooden's seventh straight double-double and 22nd on the season.
02/06 00:08:45 ET