Denton: Magic vs. Cavaliers Analysis (12/13/13)


By John Denton
Dec. 13, 2013

ORLANDO – In a game where the Orlando Magic looked poised to win and thought they were going to win most of the night, they were shockingly left with this afterward: ``That was a game that we were supposed to win, but didn’t,’’ Glen Davis muttered.

Up 14 points in the first half, leading by four points with 8:23 remaining and seemingly in control, Orlando could only look on in disgust as Cleveland ripped off 14 straight points late in the game to totally flip the script.

Following that game-changing, stomach-turning, fourth-quarter run, the Magic were left to try and explain how a very winnable game got away from them in a perplexing 109-100 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

``We just can’t give games up like that,’’ Davis added. ``It’s just sad that we can’t get that game back. As it is, it’s back to the drawing board.’’

The Magic (7-16) got outscored 36-24 in the fourth quarter, the second period of the night in which they yielded at least 30 points. The death knell was the 14-0 run midway through the fourth that allowed Cleveland (9-13) to turn a four-point deficit into a 10-point lead. Dion Waiters, who scored 20 of his 21 points in the second half, had 16 straight points for the Cavs before and during the game-turning tidal wave.

``Those guys hit some tough shots, especially Dion Waiters,’’ said Magic forward Tobias Harris, who played for just the second game of the season because of a troublesome high ankle sprain. ``He got the ball in the lane a lot and got a couple of and-ones. I didn’t know it was a 14-0 run, but watching the film that’s something that we’ll look at. We have to value every possession, especially on the defensive end.’’


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