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


By John Denton
Jan. 2, 2014

CLEVELAND – For most of Thursday night, the Orlando Magic gamely overcame the absence of starting center Nikola Vucevic by sharing the ball beautifully and sharing the rebounding load with a solid team effort.

But what they couldn’t overcome in snowy and frigid Cleveland was the chilling feeling of squandering a 10-point lead in the final 94 seconds of regulation. Ultimately, that led to a crushing overtime loss that should have been a victory.

Pushed to overtime after the fourth-quarter faltering, the Magic couldn’t muster any offense and suffered one of their most frustrating defeats of the season. Orlando scored just two points in the extra period, adding to its frustration of blowing a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter, in a perplexing 87-81 loss to Cleveland at Quicken Loans Arena.

Orlando (10-22) scored just three points in the final 6 minutes, 34 seconds of regulation and overtime combined.

``We blew it, bottom line,’’ Magic forward Tobias Harris fumed. ``They made shots out there toward the end of the game. … We did have it. That’s tough. That was our game, the whole game. No ifs, ands or buts about it. That’s our game and we let that one slip. And we can’t get it back.’’


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