Denton's Dish: The 5th Quarter (2/19/14)

   

By John Denton
Feb. 19, 2014

CLEVELAND – Here are five takeaways from the Orlando Magic’s 101-93 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night:

KEY MOMENT OF THE GAME

Orlando had nearly overcome a dreadful start to the game by slicing an unsightly 21-point deficit to two with less than 2 minutes to play. But as is so often the case when the Magic play on the road, Orlando was unable to corral a key rebound when it needed it the most. Cleveland’s Tyler Zeller, who was playing in place of the injured Anderson Varejao, snagged a missed shot and scored as he was fouled to boost the Cavs’ lead back to five points. From there, Orlando never got close again and dropped its 14th consecutive road game.

``We fought our way back because in the second half we started playing the right way defensively,’’ center Nikola Vucevic said. ``But again we missed a big rebound and it was some big shots by them. It’s just hard for us to come all the way back and take over the game.’’

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