Magic 108, Cavaliers 104By Bill Fay, The Sports Xchange | The SportsXchange – Fri, Nov 23, 2012 10:10 PM EST
ORLANDO -- J.J. Redick went 8 for 8 from the free-throw line in the final 22 seconds to help the Orlando Magic hold off the Cleveland Cavaliers 108-104 on Friday night at the Amway Center. Jameer Nelson led the Magic with 22 points, six assists and six rebounds and Arron Afflalo contributed 19 points, but it was Redick's foul shooting that preserved Orlando's fourth win of the season. Dion Waiters, who led Cleveland with 25 points, scored on a layup to get the Cavs within 106-104 with 2.4 seconds to play, the third time they were within two points of Orlando in the final seconds. But each time Redick was fouled and got the Magic a four-point cushion that Cleveland couldn't overcome. Anderson Varejao had 19 points and 17 rebounds for Cleveland and Jeremy Pargo had 15 points for the Cavaliers. Glen Davis had 16 points and eight rebounds for Orlando and Nikola Vucevic added 10 points and eight boards. A 3-pointer from Omri Casspi gave Cleveland an 81-80 lead with 8:55 left in the game and started a mad scramble to the finish for both teams. The Magic got a four-point lead on a 3-pointer from Afflalo that made it 87-83 with 7:43 left in the game, but that was the biggest advantage either team held in the final period. Cleveland turned the ball over six times and shot only 38 percent in the third period, keeping Orlando in the game. Nelson's 3-pointer with 4.4 seconds left in the third quarter made it 76-76 going into the final period. The Magic was fortunate to be down just 51-45 at halftime after turning the ball over 16 times in the first two periods. Cleveland scored 21 points off the Magic mistakes and Waiters contributed three treys, but the Cavaliers couldn't stop Orlando's perimeter shooting and saw what had been a 12-point advantage dwindle to six. Afflalo, Nelson and Redick each had a pair of 3-pointers as the Magic hit on seven of 12 bombs to stay in a game it was trying to throw away. Afflalo also had four fouls by halftime, but stayed in the game because of his hot shooting touch. NOTES: The Magic has trailed after the first period in nine of its 12 games this season. Orlando has also used an NBA-high seven different starting lineups, but coach Jacque Vaughn said the two are not related. "I don't think there's been a correlation. We're trying to find a combination that was going to be conducive to success. Like I told the guys today, this is your job and this is what you do. Whether you're the sixth man, the second man or 15th man. It's your job to be ready to play." ... The Cavs have the odd distinction of giving up the most second-chance points in the NBA this season (9.3 per game), while scoring the third most second-chance points (16.0 per game). "I can't explain that one," Cavs coach Byron Scott said. "I usually don't pay a lot of attention to stats, but I do know that if you miss a lot of shots, you get a lot second-chance opportunities and we've done that in some games." ... The Magic led the NBA in 3-pointers made the last three seasons, but that streak seems destined to end this year. Orlando has only 53 treys this season, third fewest in the league. ... Cavs forwards Tristan Thompson and Tyler Zeller were wearing wraparound masks, Thompson to protect a fractured nasal cavity and Zeller to protect a fracture below his right eye.
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