Denton: Magic vs. Cavaliers Analysis (1/2/14)


The Magic led 78-68 lead with 1:34 to play in regulation, but let the advantage get away from them when they scored just one point the rest of regulation.

What particularly upset Magic coach Jacque Vaughn was that he didn’t call a timeout with 13.9 seconds remaining and the Magic up 79-75 while taking the ball out of bounds. Harris couldn’t get the ball in and rather than using one of the Magic’s two remaining 20-second timeouts, a five-second violation was called.

``I’ll take this one, for sure,’’ Vaughn said, blaming himself for not calling timeout himself. ``This is one where you say `stay together,’ that’s really got to be focus. This one is going to hurt, hurt for a little bit. We have to continue to encourage each other and pick each other up.’’

Orlando still had a chance to seal the game in regulation, but reserve point guard E’Twaun Moore missed two free throws with 9.3 seconds left and Orlando up two points.

That allowed Cleveland guard Dion Waiters to tie the game with six-tenths of a second remaining when he drove past Arron Afflalo for a layup. Nelson got off a desperation heave at the horn, but it missed to send the game into overtime.

``We just had some letdowns at the end and they made some hustle plays that kind of hurt us,’’ Nelson said. ``We just have to do a better job as a team, especially when they didn’t shoot that well against us. But when we give them second chances … I know we missed (Vucevic) tonight, but it’s not an excure. We’ve just got to fight a little more as a team.’’


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