CLEVELAND: The Cavaliers squandered nearly all of a 21-point lead in the third quarter before holding on to beat the Orlando Magic 101-93 Wednesday for their sixth consecutive victory.
Kyrie Irving had 22 points, seven rebounds and seven assists, Tristan Thompson had 16 points and 14 rebounds and Luol Deng had 17 points for the Cavs. They enjoyed a 62-41 lead early in the third on a jumper from Deng, but the Magic methodically chopped the lead to 72-70 on a basket from Victor Oladipo in the first minute of the fourth quarter. They again pulled within 89-87 on a three-point play from Arron Afflalo with 2:07 left, but Tyler Zeller rebounded a miss on the Cavs’ ensuing possession and converted his own three-point play to extend the lead back to five.
They sealed it on a steal by Jack and 3-pointer from Deng with 36 seconds left to push the lead to 97-89, handing the Magic their 14th consecutive road loss and dropping them to a league-worst 3-25 on the road.
The Cavs were playing without Anderson Varejao (back) and Dion Waiters (knee), while starting forward Glen Davis left in the first half with a sore Achilles for the Magic and didn’t return.
Irving was red hot to start the game, scoring 10 points within the first six minutes while the Magic shot 14 percent (3-for-21) in the first quarter to fall into a 26-11 crater. It’s the fewest points the Cavs have allowed in a quarter this season.
Jarrett Jack had 10 points, six rebounds and six assists and Tyler Zeller had 16 points (8-for-9 from the free-throw line) for the Cavs. Arron Afflalo had 23 points for the Magic and Nikola Vucevic had 20 points and 12 rebounds for the Magic.