James’ late surge leads Cleveland past Orlando
Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) – LeBron James scored 19 of his 32 points in
the fourth quarter, lifting the Cleveland Cavaliers over the Orlando Magic,
86-83, at Quicken Loans Arena.
James sparked a late fourth-quarter run, scoring all but five points over the
final 12 minutes for the Cavs, who ended a three-game slide. Zydrunas
Ilgauskas ended with 22 points and 10 boards and Drew Gooden tallied 14 points
and 12 boards for Cleveland, which won for the third time in seven games.
Dwight Howard had 17 points and 13 rebounds for the Magic, who have dropped
two straight. Grant Hill had 15 points for Orlando, which failed to stop James
down the stretch.
Orlando entered the fourth quarter ahead 65-62 and later extended its
advantage to 70-66 on a Keyon Dooling bucket in the early stages of the
However, with the game tied at 75-75 after Dwight Howard hit a pair of free
throws, Cleveland went on a 9-2 run to take control. James scored all nine
points for the Cavs, capping the surge with a three-pointer with 29.2 seconds
left for an 84-77 cushion.
Orlando never got within one possession after that. Only a Hill three-pointer
in the final seconds made the final score close.
James scored 13 of the final 14 points for Cleveland.
Dooling ended with 11 points for the Magic, who led 25-21 after one quarter
and carried a 44-40 edge into halftime.
Trevor Ariza ended with 13 points for the Magic…Cleveland ended a two-game
slide to the Magic, beating Orlando for the seventh time in nine
meetings…Carlos Arroyo had 10 points for the Magic.