On Sunday afternoon, minutes before the Cavaliers took on the Magic at The Q, an annual award was handed out at center court.

There wasn’t a big ceremony. The award wasn’t presented by a corporate sponsor or some NBA muckety-muck. Even for the player who received it, the award might not wind up at the forefront of his trophy room.

NEW YORK, April 16, 2012 – Cleveland’s Antawn Jamison, Dallas’ Jason Kidd, the Los Angeles Clippers’ Chris Paul, Miami’s Shane Battier, Minnesota’s Luke Ridnour and New York’s Jeremy Lin were selected by a five-member panel of former players as divisional winners for the 2011-12 NBA Sportsmanship Award.

The NBA Sportsmanship Award, designed to honor a player who best represents the ideals of sportsmanship on the court, is voted on by NBA players. The NBA will announce the winner after the regular season.

On Sunday, the Cavaliers were playing their third game in three nights – and it showed.

Already shorthanded without Kyrie Irving, Anderson Varejao and Daniel Gibson, the Wine and Gold – playing through their toughest stretch of the season – fell behind early and never caught up. Orlando led wire-to-wire, running away with the 100-84 win on Sunday at The Q.

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