Magicís Bench Leaves James, Cavs Sick
Orlando 102, Cleveland 73
ORLANDO, Fla., March 10 (Ticker) -- LeBron James was a game-time decision with the stomach flu. He couldn't have been feeling any better afterward.
James and the Cleveland Cavaliers were outworked by the Orlando Magic, who got 67 points from their bench and snapped a six-game losing streak with a 102-73 victory.
"Us coming off the bench was a big key for us," said Arroyo, who made 8-of-12 shots. "In the first quarter, we were a little slow. Our job is to come off the bench and provide energy."
"To get 67 points from your bench ... there are nights when we don't get 67 as a team," Magic coach Brian Hill said.
Third in the NBA in scoring at 30.6 points per game, James was questionable but gave it a go. He scored seven points in the first period, when Cleveland led by as many as 10 points, and finished with 25 on 9-of-22 shooting.
"I'm trying to get over this cold," said James, who added seven rebounds. "I am taking lots of fluids and some medicine. I think it's from the weather changes."
The Cavaliers had no answers for the reserves of the Magic, who accounted for 28 points in the second quarter.
Darko Milicic scored 10 points and little-used Bo Outlaw added eight as Orlando - with Arroyo at the controls - shot a team record 84 percent (16-of-19) from the field and stormed to a 53-44 halftime lead.
"I really can't say enough about our second unit," Hill said. "I thought they came in and did a phenomenal job. They changed the whole tempo of the game. We shot an incredible percentage in that second quarter, but that was because we were out in transition most of the quarter."
"They did a great job of coming out and giving an excellent effort," James said. "Carlos Arroyo got into the seams between our defense and made plays. They did an excellent job of getting easy shots and executing off our mistakes."
Milicic and Outlaw combined for 14 points in a 22-5 surge that began the second period and gave Orlando a 43-33 advantage. Outlaw finished with 12 points and Milicic 11.
"This is a great opportunity for Darko and Carlos to come in and play immediately," said Magic reserve guard Keyon Dooling, who scored 13 points and handed out five assists. "Now that he's getting an opportunity to play, he's showing people that there was reason why he was a high draft pick."
"Bo - That's our secret weapon," Arroyo said. "He did a great job. He's always bringing a lot of energy whenever he plays. He knows what spots to be on the floor to get buckets and rebounds. He's always active. He doesn't stop moving. It's fun to have a guy like that."
Before Friday, Outlaw had scored 27 points in 15 games this season.
The Magic opened the third quarter with a 7-0 run for a 60-44 bulge and led by double digits for all but 30 seconds thereafter.
The Cavaliers trailed, 76-60, entering the final period and showed very little fight other than a shoving match between Donyell Marshall and Orlando's Stacey Augmon, who delivered a hard foul.
Cleveland coach Mike Brown emptied his bench with just under five minutes to go and watched his team absorb its worst loss of the season.
Tony Battie had 13 points and 13 rebounds for the Magic, who shot 57.5 percent (42-of-73) from the field and held a 44-36 edge on the glass. They avoided a season sweep and ended a six-game slide in the series.
Zydrunas Ilgauskas and Ronald Murray scored 13 points each for the Cavaliers, who shot just 34 percent (27-of-79) and had 12 bench points. They visit Miami on Sunday.
"We got our butts beat, simple as that," Brown said. "We didn't defend. We were nonchalant with the basketball, and went through the motions. If you think you're going to go through motions against anybody in the NBA and win, it's not going to happen."