Anderson Varejao scored 18 points and notched 25 rebounds, his seventh double-double of the season, to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to a close victory over the Orlando Magic, 87-81. Cleveland (11-21) has won just two of its last 10 games.
Varejao shot 8-17 from the field. Other top contributors for Cleveland included Tristan Thompson with 16 points and 10 rebounds, and Jarrett Jack with 14 points and 7 rebounds. Despite the loss, Glen Davis put up 16 points for Orlando on 6-19 shooting from the field and 4-8 from the free throw line. He also tallied 13 rebounds. Jameer Nelson chipped in 14 points and 9 assists, Arron Afflalo finished with 12 points and 6 rebounds, and Andrew Nicholson put up 12 points and 6 rebounds.
The Magic posted an eFG% of just 42.3%, including 28.0% from 3-point range. This year, they are winless (0-6) when they record marks below 45% and 30% in those respective categories. On the other hand, the Cavaliers are 5-1 when holding their opponents to such low percentages.
This drops Orlando (10-22) to 0-2 versus Cleveland on the season.
Coming up, the Cavaliers square off with the Brooklyn Nets, who are 11-21 on the season. The Magic match up against the Miami Heat, currently sitting at 24-8 this year. The Cavaliers are 1-0 versus Brooklyn this season. The Magic have fallen to Miami the last two times they have met.