Magic Keep it Competitive, Lose Steam Late in 116-104 Loss to Cavs

By on March 12, 2017

Orlando, Fla. — The Orlando Magic dropped their second-straight of a back-to-back set on Saturday, losing to the Cleveland Cavaliers 116-104 at home.

The Magic played with much more energy than on Friday, an 81-121 loss to the Hornets in Charlotte where they never really got going, but it still wasn’t enough to top the defending NBA champions.

“We had a much better competitive spirit about us than we did last night,” said Magic coach Frank Vogel, I am dissappointed that we fell short cause I felt like our guys deserved a victory for competing the way they did.”

The big story was the three-point shooting. Orlando, the league’s 26th-ranked team from three, managed to hit only four triples, whereas Cleveland hit 14. The Cavs also had their way with Orlando’s defense, especially late, hitting 50 percent of their shots overall.

“I think we played Cavalier basketball tonight,” said LeBron James, “what has been our Achilles for us has been our defensive three-point percentage, and we did a great job of getting out to their shooters and contesting a lot of their threes”

The Magic were held to 19 percent from deep on Saturday.

Reigning Finals MVP LeBron James notched his second-straight triple-double in the Cavs win, racking up 24 points, 12 rebounds, and 13 assists. Despite the continued abscence of All-Star forward Kevin Love, the Cavs relied on the firepower of James and fellow All-Star Kyrie Irving, who chipped in 22 points, seven assists, and eight rebounds.

Orlando would keep the game competitive throughout, narrowing Cleveland’s lead to just three with seven minutes left to play. The Cavs would rely on James, as well as their depth with the newly-aquired Deron Williams, and the newly-healthy J.R. Smith to seal the deal.

Magic center Nikola Vucevic, who returned from a four game abscence due to a tweaked Achilles, had a big night, posting 20 points and 16 rebounds in the loss.

Forward Evan Fournier also had a strong night, scoring 15 points with two steals and two made threes.

Third-year man Aaron Gordon continued his strong play, notching 15 points, five rebounds, three assists, and a cool 50 percent from the floor.

The Orlando Magic (24-43) will go from playing last year’s NBA champions on Saturday to the runners up on Wednesday, as the Magic kickoff a Western Conference roadtrip in Sacramento (25-40)   on Monday and Golden State (52-14) on Wednesday.

Cavaliers
STARTERS MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
R. JeffersonSF 27 1-6 1-4 0-0 1 3 4 1 1 0 1 4 +10 3
L. JamesSF 38 8-14 2-5 6-10 0 12 12 13 0 1 4 3 +12 24
T. ThompsonC 28 6-9 0-0 2-7 3 10 13 1 0 2 1 0 -2 14
K. IrvingPG 36 9-22 2-8 2-2 3 5 8 7 1 0 2 2 +11 22
I. ShumpertSG 31 5-7 3-4 2-2 1 3 4 2 0 0 1 3 +8 15
BENCH MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
D. WilliamsPF 16 2-4 0-2 1-2 0 4 4 0 0 0 0 2 +3 5
C. FryePF 16 4-7 2-5 2-2 1 2 3 1 0 1 0 1 +10 12
D. WilliamsPG 25 4-9 2-4 0-0 0 1 1 4 0 1 0 3 +10 10
D. LigginsSG 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 -2 0
J. JonesSG 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -2 0
J.R. SmithSG 21 4-8 3-7 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 +2 11
K. KorverSG DNP-COACH’S DECISION
TEAM 43-86 15-39 15-25 9 42 51 30 2 5 9 18 116
50.0% 38.5% 60.0%
Magic
STARTERS MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
A. GordonPF 31 6-12 0-1 4-4 2 3 5 3 0 0 0 1 -8 16
T. RossSF 32 4-11 0-4 3-4 0 4 4 1 1 0 1 3 -12 11
N. VucevicC 28 9-20 0-1 2-4 7 9 16 0 0 1 2 5 -3 20
E. PaytonPG 34 4-16 0-0 0-0 3 7 10 6 3 0 2 2 -5 8
E. FournierSG 32 4-10 2-5 5-6 0 1 1 2 2 0 0 2 +0 15
BENCH MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
D. RudezSF 2 0-1 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 +2 0
A. BrownSF —– —– —–
J. GreenSF 18 3-7 0-1 1-1 0 3 3 2 0 0 1 1 -12 7
S. ZimmermanC 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 +2 0
B. BiyomboC 16 2-4 0-0 2-2 2 6 8 0 0 0 0 2 -5 6
C.J. WatsonPG 18 2-4 1-2 4-4 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 2 -6 9
D.J. AugustinPG 12 2-6 0-3 1-1 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 1 -9 5
M. HezonjaSG 15 2-5 1-3 2-2 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 2 -6 7
C. WilcoxSG 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 +2 0
TEAM 38-96 4-21 24-28 15 38 53 17 6 1 6 21 104
39.6% 19.0% 85.7%
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