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


In the extra period, Orlando got just one field goal – a fastbreak layup from Afflalo – and was outscored 8-2 by the Cavaliers (11-21). In the extra period, Orlando missed five of six shots and turned the ball over twice.

Cleveland center Anderson Varejao took advantage of Vucevic’s absence with 18 points and a franchise-record 25 rebounds, eight of them coming on the offensive end of the floor. He had six of Cleveland’s eight points in OT.

Five Magic players scored in double figures, led by Glen ``Big Baby’’ Davis’ 16 points and 13 rebounds before fouling out in overtime. Nelson had a big hand in Orlando’s great ball movement in the first three-plus quarters with 14 points and nine assists. Orlando had 21 assists on its 32 field goals.

Andrew Nicholson chipped in 12 points and six boards off the bench, while Tobias Harris got off to a strong start with 10 points, all of which were scored in the first half.Afflalo fought off constant double teams and added 12 points, six rebounds and five assists.

Orlando dropped 3-12 on the road this season. Cleveland, which is in its fourth season of rebuilding after the defection of LeBron James to Miami, narrowly avoided losing a seventh straight loss that would have dropped it below the transitioning Magic in the Eastern Conference standings.

``That’s a challenge to do, especially with the way that it happened within the course of a minute or so,’’ Vaughn said of his team having little life left after the fourth-quarter faltering. ``To pick up the spirits, we tried to. They scored first in overtime, which didn’t help. But give our guys credit for the way they handled themselves tonight.’’


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