Notes, quotes and observations after the Cavaliers held on for a 131-127 victory over the Orlando Magic Saturday at the Amway Center to end a five-game road losing streak.

1. It can’t be a coincidence.

2. In the two games Isaiah Thomas has played as a Cavalier, they have scored a season-high 131 points against the Magic and 127 points, their third-most, against Portland. They’ve topped 120 only seven times in 39 games this season and two of those are with the two-time All-Star on the court.

3. The only time they’ve scored more without Thomas was Nov. 3 at Washington, when they totaled 130 as LeBron James tied the franchise record with 57 points.

4. In his first start with Cleveland, Thomas scored 19 points in 211/2 minutes. He hit 7 of 13 field goals after missing his first four attempts and going scoreless in the first quarter. He hit 2 of 4 3-pointers and 3 of 5 free throws with four assists and five turnovers.

5. That came after he scored 17 points in 19 minutes in his debut at home on Tuesday against the Trail Blazers.

6. Even though he was the only starter with a negative plus/minus (-3) against the Magic, Thomas seems to be unlocking things and lifting the Cavs’ offense to another level.

7. “I think by being out there it’s unlocking another level, for sure,” Thomas said. “I’m able to push the pace a little more, get the ball out of Bron’s hands and show the defense something different that they haven’t seen all year. I think with me being out there it definitely gives us another level that we can reach.

8. “I know I’m on a minutes restriction now, but the whole time I’m out there, especially when I have the ball, my job is to put as much pressure on the defense as possible. I think I’ve done a pretty good job of that so far.”

9. It’s not just that Thomas plays at a different pace than Jose Calderon, who handled the point in 23 starts. But there is no question Thomas brings what Cavs coach Tyronn Lue loves.

10. “When we’ve had our talks when I was not playing, he’s like, ‘Man, I can’t wait until you get back playing. We’re playing too slow,’” Thomas said of Lue. “I’m like, ‘We’re definitely not going to have a problem with me pushing the pace, that’s just who I am and what I’ve always done.’ It definitely gives us another dimension because we’ve been a slower-paced team since all of our point guards have been out and Jose is playing. I’m just trying to bring a different dimension to this team.”

11. There is also the spacing that Thomas brings because teams must respect a scorer who carries a 19.1 career average, even one who spent the past seven months rehabbing a torn labrum in his right hip.

12. “He just demands so much attention out there,” Kevin Love said. “I mean, everybody knows what he’s capable of on the offensive end with scoring the ball. All eyes are on him when he has the basketball so, very, very tough to defend. He changes the pace on that end and we haven’t even seen what he’s capable of yet. He’s just coming back, so we’re excited for that.”

13. Dwyane Wade also talked of the “totally different dimension” Thomas brings to the Cavs.

14. “He’s just being IT, getting the ball and he shoots, he scores. That’s Isaiah Thomas,” Wade said. “We know he’s on a minutes restriction, so we’re trying as quick as possible to get him back into the game shape, trying to get him used to so many reps. There’s going to be times where it’s looks amazing, there’s going to be times where you’re going to see some rust. But we’re trying to fast-track this thing for him. He’s a scorer, man.”

15. Thomas thought his night was done when Lue lifted him with 6:25 remaining. Thomas ran straight to the locker room, saying he wanted to ask physical therapist George Sibel if he could play more. Then Lue put him back in for the final 40 seconds, with the approval of trainer Steve Spiro.

16. “I’m going to do everything I can to get more minutes and tell them I feel good, but we’re on protocol right now and they’re doing a helluva job just not caring what I say and looking out for what’s best not for not just this season but for my career,” Thomas said.

17. “Steve said he was OK for the last play. And of course he’s kicking everybody on the bench to get back in, too,” Lue said.

18. On the last play out of the timeout, Thomas fired up an air ball from 21 feet, but Wade was there for the put back layup with 17.8 seconds to go for a 130-125 lead.

19. “I looked at him. I said, ‘I know I can at least make some free throws if they foul,’” Thomas said of the exchange with Lue during the timeout. “He looked at Steve and Steve gave him the OK. I’m just glad D-Wade looked out for me with the air ball.”

20. Wade said of his save, “Always trying to do what you can to help your teammate. Being in the right place at the right time, making plays whether it’s defensively, whether it’s tipping out an offensive rebound, whether it’s getting that, it definitely feels good.”

21. Thomas also came through with a big play when he put in one of his trademark prayer-like driving layups with 7:33 to go and drew a foul by Aaron Gordon. Thomas missed the free throw, but Jeff Green was there for tip-in for a 115-101 Cavs lead.

22. “That was beautiful. Got the and-1 on Aaron Gordon,” LeBron James said. “It doesn’t matter how tall you are guarding him he’s gonna find a way to go up.”

23. That play was big in terms of confidence, Thomas said.

24. “I felt like I’m getting to where I want to be. I’m still a ways away from where I really want to be physically. When I do moves like that, it gives me a lot of confidence to keep being very aggressive, to get in the paint and do things like that,” Thomas said.

25. An 87.5 percent career free throw shooter, his 5 for 9 from the line in two games, but he’s writing that off as rust.

26. “Oh, for sure. Last year I think I was second in the league in free throw percentage,” he said of his .909 percent that trailed only Portland’s C.J. McCollum. “I love free throws. I’m always going to figure out a way to knock ‘em down. I’ve got to get my touch back a little bit. The ones I’ve missed, they’ve been short. I know that when they’re short I have no feel. I’ll adjust and fix it.”

27. There was more to the game than just Thomas. LeBron James totaled 33 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists, one assist shy of what would have been the eighth triple-double of the season and 63rd of his career.

28. James said he doesn’t agonize over the near-misses when they’re because of assists.

29. “With the assists, I don’t really care about the assists because my teammates they make so many shots throughout the course of the game that if they miss one or two that came from me, so be it,” he said. “But I hate when I’m missing it for rebounds. I look back and was like, ‘Oh, I remember that rebound I could’ve got.’ And with the scoring too, I always look back if I had nine ... I cover the scoring part pretty well. I can get 10 points.”

30. The Cavs took command by outscoring the Magic 40-23 in the third quarter and building a 23-point lead, only to see the Magic cut the deficit to three with 40 seconds to go. But holding the Magic to 45 percent shooting in the third quarter, 29 percent from 3-point range, was important, James said.

31. “We got stops and we executed. That was the difference,” James said. “They were shooting the ball extremely well (50 percent) for the majority of the game, especially in the fourth quarter (55 percent). But in the third quarter we just locked down defensively, made them miss some shots and we got out and got some really good looks.”

32. The third quarter also included a long, arcing outlet pass from rookie Cedi Osman to Kevin Love that Osman will be hearing about for a while. The Cavs mimicked the pass on the bench and during the next timeout.

33. “That was hilarious,” James said. “When I looked back I was like ‘What? No, uh, whoa.’ I looked down and Kev was by himself. Kev was actually standing at the 3-point line. I’m like, ‘Go get the layup.’ That’s a heck of a, I don’t even know what sport that is.”

34. When it was suggested Osman looked like a soccer goalie, James agreed.

35. “Yeah, that’s what that was, a soccer goalie for sure. Cedi is a man of many things,” James said.

36. As for the recreations of the pass on the bench, James said, “Everyone tried to, but it didn’t come close to the real or the actuality of Cedi throwing that pass. But it was a big play, too.” Love’s ensuing 3-point play gave the Cavs a 21-point lead with 2:52 left in the third quarter.

37. Love had the same reaction as James but recovered to take the ball off the bounce and lay it in.

38. “I didn’t know what that was,” Love said. “Everyone was having fun with that after he made the pass. Even me, after I had been the recipient of that. It was funny because it curved so much that it ended up being right on the dime. I didn’t even have to take a dribble and laid it in for the and-one. I don’t know what that was. But, it worked.”

39. Born in Macedonia and nationalized as a Turkish citizen, Osman said he never played soccer growing up, although he always wanted to be a goalkeeper. But his description of the play had one flaw.

40. “After the basket I saw Kev and J.R. Smith, they were wide open,” Osman said. Smith, though, wasn’t on the floor. “I was thinking if I throw the pass, like chest pass or just like American football. And I was like, just forget and I just throw like that.

41. “That’s something, but, it was weird. That was really funny, but I’m glad it was an assist and Kevin made a basket. It was a good highlight for me.”