NBA Game Summary - Orlando at Cleveland
(Friday, November 18th)
Final Score: Cleveland 102, Orlando 84
Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) - Zydrunas Ilgauskas scored 22 points and pulled down 11 rebounds to lead five Cavalier players in double figures, as Cleveland downed the Orlando Magic, 102-84, at Quicken Loans Arena.
LeBron James added 16 points and Drew Gooden chipped in 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Cavaliers, who have won six games in a row. Damon Jones netted 15 points off the bench on 5-of-8 shooting from behind the arc.
"I think we came out and moved the ball, we were unselfish," said Cavaliers head coach Mike Brown. "This is another game where we showed our versatility. When we come with players off the bench, we can be just as dangerous as the starting five."
Cleveland is now 5-0 at home on the season.
Steve Francis poured in 21 points for the Magic, losers of two of their last three games. Keyon Dooling added 13 off the bench, while Dwight Howard had 10 points and 15 rebounds in the loss.
"I think it was our lack of focus, our lack of execution," said Dooling. "Turning the ball over, not getting good shots, shooting contested shots. We did not do a good job of executing offensively."
Orlando owned a 14-12 lead with 5:48 left in the first quarter, its only lead of the game, before Cleveland went ahead 15-14. The Cavs never trailed thereafter.
Cleveland would take a 24-20 lead with two minutes left in the opening quarter, and Jones' three-point basket 1:01 later extended it to 27-22. Ilgauskas scored the last three points of the frame to give the Cavaliers a 30-24 lead going into the second.
"I was disappointed right from the beginning," Magic head coach Brian Hill said. "I thought right from the beginning of the game that our concentration level or energy level was not where it needed to be."
With the score 31-29 just 1:44 into the second, Cleveland ran off eight- straight points for a 39-29 lead with 7:21 remaining. Gooden's dunk with 47 seconds left capped the scoring in the frame, staking Cleveland to a 56-42 advantage.
The Magic never threatened in the second half as Cleveland cruised to the victory.
Two James' free throws would make it 67-46 with 7:02 remaining in the third and Larry Hughes' shot from behind the arc extended the Cavs to a 77-60 lead with 1:33 left in the stanza. James finished the scoring in the frame with a one-handed alley-oop jam with 21 seconds left for an 82-62 lead.
"We have so much confidence," said James. "We are riding on an all time high right now, and this is the most fun I've had in my two and a half years so far."
A 9-1 Cavalier run to open the fourth made it 91-63, and Jones' three pointer with 7:30 left made it 97-69. It was the Cavs' biggest lead of the contest.
Aleksandar Pavlovic's jumper extended Cleveland to a 100-75 lead with just over two minutes left to play and was the Cavaliers only two-point field goal of the frame. All of their other points came off of three-point baskets and free throws.
Cleveland has won four in a row at home against the Magic...Cleveland defeated Orlando 108-100 in overtime on November 13th...Gooden recorded his 70th career double-double, while Howard notched his sixth straight...The Cavaliers scored 23 points off of 17 Magic turnovers...Hughes had 12 points in the game to go along with six assists...Cleveland held the rebounding edge 54-40.
11/18 23:34:17 ET