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Cavaliers 118, Magic 94

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ORLANDO -- Reserve Marreese Speights had 18 points and Alonzo Gee had 17 points to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to an easy, 118-94, victory over the disjointed Orlando Magic Saturday night.

The Cavs, who play Sunday night in Miami, won their second consecutive game. The shorthanded Magic, who used all three of the players obtained in Thursday's trade with Milwaukee, lost their fifth consecutive game.

The Magic (15-41) were led by Aaron Afflalo with 16 points. Newly acquired Tobias Harris had 14 points and six rebounds. Beno Udrih, also just acquired in the same trade, had 10 points and seven assists.

Cavs All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving had a quiet game with 12 points and nine assists in 30 minutes. C.J. Miles had 16 points.

The Cavs beat the Magic earlier this month in Cleveland.

Cavs rookie center Tyler Zeller, who averages only 8.1 points and 6.1 rebounds, dominated the third period with 12 points and six rebounds in 10 minutes, turning a halftime tie into a seven-point Cavs lead. He finished with 16 points and seven rebounds.

Cavs forward Tristan Thompson led everyone with 11 rebounds.

The Cavs blistered the Magic early in the fourth quarter, then coasted home with the victory.

The Magic didn't waste any time getting their new players involved. Udrih, Doron Lamb and Harris, all obtained in the trade Thursday with Milwaukee, entered as reserves late in the first quarter.

With starting point guard Jameer Nelson missing his second consecutive game with a bruised left knee, Udrih had a quick impact with six points and four assists in his 11 first-half minutes.

Although the Magic trailed by as many as 10 points in the second quarter, the game was tied at 51 at halftime. Cleveland's Alonzo Gee led everyone with 10 points before intermission.

The Magic certainly were balanced early, with six players each getting six points. They also had six turnovers.

NOTES: Udrih, Lamb and Harris, Orlando's three new players who were obtained in Thursday's trade with Milwaukee, got their first taste of the Magic offense during a short pre-game workout. "We'll incorporate them as quickly as possible," Magic coach Jacque Vaughn said. Udrih and Vaughn were teammates with the Spurs when they won an NBA title together during the 2006-07 season. ... This was a game filled with inexperienced players. Of the 10 starting players, four were rookies and four were second-year players. ... Cavs forward Omri Casspi missed the game after he was taken earlier in the day to an Orlando hospital because of "acute abdominal pain," according to the Cavs. ... Cleveland's little-used Daniel Gibson missed the game for "personal reasons," according to Cavs coach Byron Scott. Anderson Varejao, who hasn't played since Dec. 19 and is not expected back anytime soon, still made the trip that will continue Sunday in Miami. ... The Magic gave the No. 12 that Dwight Howard wore for eight seasons to newcomer Tobias Harris, who came in the trade with Milwaukee earlier in the week. Doron Lamb, who also came in the trade, picked No. 1 because he grew up a fan of Penny Hardaway, the former Magic All-Star who wore that number in Orlando. ... Magic point guard Jameer Nelson missed his second consecutive game with a contusion of his left patella tendon.
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