Magic GameNight: Orlando at Cleveland (12/28/10)


GameNight Specifics
NBA Coverage: Game Info
Date: Tuesday, Dec. 28
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Quicken Loans Arena (Cleveland, OH)
Radio: AM 580 WDBO, AM 1270 WRLZ
Television: FS Florida



Mo Williams

Daniel Gibson

Anderson Varejao

Antawn Jamison

Anthony Parker

JJ Hickson

Ramon Sessions
Jameer Nelson

Jason Richardson

Dwight Howard

Brandon Bass

Hedo Turkoglu

Gilbert Arenas

J.J. Redick


CLEVELAND (AP) -- Gilbert Arenas scored 22 points, fellow newcomer Jason Richardson added 20, and the Orlando Magic made a season-high 19 3-pointers in a 110-95 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday night.

Orlando won its fourth straight by breaking open a close game in the fourth quarter with leading scorer Dwight Howard on the bench. Howard went out with his fourth foul late in the third period and didn't play in the fourth as the Magic extended a one-point lead to 102-85 with 4:23 to play.

The Cavaliers lost for the 14th time in 15 games and are 1-13 in December. The 3-pointers allowed was their season high.

Orlando, which attempted 31 3-pointers, had six players in double figures. Richardson made five 3-pointers, while J.J. Redick had 14 points and made all three of his 3-point tries. Jameer Nelson added 13, while Howard and Earl Clark scored 12 points apiece.

The Magic have made 10 or more 3-pointers 14 times this season and are 10-4 in those games.

Antawn Jamison led Cleveland with 21 points while Daniel Gibson, who fouled out late in the game, scored 15. Anderson Varejao and Mo Williams added 14 apiece. All of Williams' points came in the first quarter.

Howard went out with his fourth foul with 39 seconds left in the third quarter, which ended with Orlando leading 75-74. A pair of 3-pointers by Ryan Anderson, a 3-pointer and a three-point play by Hedo Turkoglu and six points by Clark helped push the lead to 95-85 with 6:37 left.

The Cavaliers played with an emotion that's been missing most of the season. After being fouled while getting an offensive rebound, Varejao pounded his head with his fists several times before going to the line and making two free throws. Jamison was given a technical foul seconds later for arguing after being called for an offensive foul. Varejao and Howard later bumped into each other under the basket after a play ended.

The Magic made 7-of-9 3-pointers in the first quarter and 10 of 16 for the first half. Redick's 3-pointer with a second left gave Orlando a 60-57 halftime lead.
Gibson returned to the starting lineup after missing Sunday's game because of the flu.

NOTES: Howard has 11 technical fouls through 32 games. He's five technicals away from receiving a one-game suspension. ... Orlando plays its next four games at home, beginning Thursday night against New York. ... Jamison left the game briefly in the first quarter after banging knees with Nelson, but returned. ... Cleveland signed swingman Alonzo Gee on Tuesday. The 6-foot-6 Gee previously played for San Antonio and Washington this season. He averaged 2.1 points and 1.6 rebounds in just under 10 minutes per game.


Since signing off on those two blockbuster trades 10 days ago, the Orlando Magic have showcased different qualities during their four-game winning streak.

Against San Antonio, the Magic exercised their ability to speed up the pace of the game and score in transition.

Against Boston, they underscored their resilience against an elite opponent and propensity to deliver clutch plays in the pivotal stages of a close game.

Against New Jersey, Orlando proved it could stiffen its defensive approach and rebuff its opponent from controlling any momentum in the second half.

Against Cleveland on Tuesday, it accentuated its potency to shoot effectively from 3-point range – a strength that the Magic have flourished on during the Stan Van Gundy era.

After escaping the blustery and snowy conditions in NJ and in spite of arriving in another bitterly cold environment, the Magic heated up inside Quicken Loans Arena and buried a season-best 19 3-pointers to break away from the Cavaliers for a 110-95 triumph.

Orlando holds the NBA record for most 3-pointers made in a game when it drilled 23 from beyond the arc against Sacramento during the 2008-09 season.

Gilbert Arenas, who registered his first double-double with the Magic with a game-high 22 points and 11 assists, connected on five from downtown, while Jason Richardson hit four treys, J.J. Redick and Jameer Nelson each drained three of them and Ryan Anderson and Hedo Turkoglu sunk two from long distance.

"We shot the ball extremely well and we needed every one of them in the game today," Van Gundy said. "We won it with our shooting today, then clamping down a little bit when we needed to in the second half.”

Perhaps most impressive for Orlando was the fact that Dwight Howard, who finished with 12 points and six rebounds, rested on the bench the entire fourth quarter.

Richardson recorded 20 points on 8-of-13 shooting from the field for the Magic, who outscored the Cavaliers by 14 in the final frame, while Turkoglu poured in nine points, six rebounds and five assists.

Another newcomer who shimmered was the seldom-used Earl Clark, who matched a season high with 12 points.

"I just played with confidence," Clark said.

After losing eight of nine, the Magic have won four straight and appear to be clicking on all cylinders. They have managed to overcome size deficiency after dealing away backup center Marcin Gortat.

Orlando will get its first look at the New York Knicks, who come to Amway Center on Thursday at 7 p.m. A scheduled meeting between the two teams was postponed in early November following maintenance problems at Madison Square Garden.

Here is a look at what went right, what went wrong and some final observations from the Magic's victory over the Cavaliers on Tuesday: