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Saturday, December 16th (All times eastern)

Cleveland Cavaliers (14-8) at Orlando Magic (15-10), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Orlando Magic try to put the brakes on a three-game losing streak when they host the Cleveland Cavaliers tonight at the TD Waterhouse Centre.

Cleveland has lost nine of its last 12 at Orlando. The Cavaliers have won eight of the last 10 contests in this series.

Orlando begins a three-game homestand this evening. On Thursday, Sean May scored a career-high 32 points to lead Charlotte to a 99-89 win over the Magic at Charlotte Bobcats Arena.

Keyon Dooling ended with 20 points in the loss to the Bobcats for Orlando, which has dropped five of its last six contests overall. Travis Diener scored 16 points for the Magic, while rising star Dwight Howard finished with 10 points and 12 boards in defeat.

The Magic are 8-4 at home this season. They are scheduled to host the Hornets on Wednesday and Golden State on Friday. Orlando has dropped two in a row at the TD Waterhouse Centre.

Cleveland has won two straight and four of five, including Friday's 106-84 triumph over the Seattle SuperSonics at Quicken Loans Arena.

Superstar LeBron James finished with 22 points, nine rebounds and seven assists to lead the Cavaliers at home. Larry Hughes had 25 points on 11-of-16 shooting and Zydrunas Ilgauskas netted 17 for the Cavaliers, who lead the Central Division by just a half game over Detroit.

Hughes made his second straight start for the Cavs after missing 10 games with a sprained ankle.

Cleveland, which is 8-0 this season when it scores at least 100 points, will travel to Orlando and New Jersey hoping to improve its 3-6 road mark this season.

12/16 10:45:44 ET


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