Magic Sweep Two-Game Series with Cavs in China
Posted Oct 20 2007 4:08AM
MACAU (AP) --Dwight Howard scored 17 points to help the Orlando Magic beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 100-84 on Saturday and sweep a two-game preseason series between the NBA teams in China.
The Magic beat the Cavaliers 90-86 on Wednesday in Shanghai. On Thursday, Orlando defeated a team of Chinese All-Stars 116-92 in Macau at the new arena at the Venetian Macau Resort Hotel. Macau is a Chinese casino city known as Asia's Las Vegas.
The Cavaliers dominated the first quarter as James and Hughes each scored eight points to give Cleveland a 23-30 lead. Howard also had eight points, but he struggled at the foul line, making only 2 of 5 attempts.
Orlando charged back in the second quarter and tied the game at 43-43 after Howard was fouled on a fast-break layup and hit the free throw for a three-point play with 25 seconds left in the half. But in the final seconds, the Cavaliers took the lead again at 45-43 after James made two free throws.
The Magic opened the third quarter with an alley-oop by Howard, and Orlando moved ahead for the first time when forward Hedo Turkoglu sank a three-pointer for a 49-47 lead. Turkoglu hit another three-pointer, while forward Pat Garrity and guard J.J. Redick each added 3s and the Magic finished the period leading 71-69. The Cavaliers never regained the lead.
Garrity, guard Keith Bogans and Redick each scored 14 points for Orlando.
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