The Orlando Magic were able to defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers by the score of 111-100 and move to a record of 11-4 in the regular season. The Magic were led by a balanced attack, as every starter scored in double-figures. Dwight Howard had 23 points, 11 rebounds, two blocks, and two steals, Jameer Nelson had 20 points and six assists, J.J. Redick had 15 points, five assists, and two steals, while Rashard Lewis and Quentin Richardson each had 14 points. Chris Duhon had one of his better games coming off the bench for Orlando, finishing with eight points and nine assists. Brandon Bass chipped in with 10 points.
Matt Guokas said it best on the Magic’s television broadcast. It felt like a preseason game.
There was little energy in the Amway Center, which is understandable given that it’s the day after Thanksgiving and the Cavaliers — not a marquee attraction anymore with the absence of LeBron James — were in town. But also contributing to the malaise was that it seemed like Orlando was content to go through the motions against Cleveland.
It reflected on how the game was played.
So far in the year, Cleveland’s offense ranked in the bottom five in efficiency yet they didn’t have too many problems scoring against Orlando. Head coach Stan Van Gundy was not happy about that fact after the game was over.
Needless to say, the Magic won because of their offense.
Nelson was brilliant in pick and rolls, shooters like Lewis, Redick, and Richardson were able to capitalize on numerous catch-and-shoot opportunities, Howard did his damage in the paint, and Bass was a mid-range marksman.
That’s the game in a nutshell.