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Poor first half dooms Cavs in 100-84 loss to Magic

By Jason Lloyd Published: April 15, 2012

CLEVELAND: The Cavaliers set a season-low with 30 points in the first half and had the look of a team playing its third game in three nights in their 100-84 loss to the Orlando Magic on Sunday.

The Magic were playing without Dwight Howard (back) and lost his backup, Glen Davis, early on with a knee injury. They didn’t need them. The Cavaliers mustered just four baskets in the first quarter, trailed by 20 in the second quarter and never really recovered in losing for the 13th time in their last 16 games.

Antawn Jamison had 21 points after taking off Saturday’s win at Washington and Donald Sloan had 15 points and five assists for the Cavs.

Their previous low for a first half this season was 35 points in a loss at Portland. Their previous low for any half was 31 points.

Jameer Nelson had 21 points and nine assists for the Magic, who clinched a playoff spot with the win. Jason Richardson added 16 points and six rebounds.

The Cavs will take Monday off before playing at the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday.

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