Grades: Cleveland Cavaliers 109, Orlando Magic 100 | Magic Basketball



Dec 13

Grades: Cleveland Cavaliers 109, Orlando Magic 100

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Cleveland Cavaliers 109 Final
Recap | Box Score
100 Orlando Magic

Nikola Vucevic
3-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 13 REB | 2 AST | 6 PTS | -8

The struggle was real for Vucevic. He had a forgettable 39-second sequence midway through the fourth quarter that exemplified his struggles in this game. On one possession, he got stripped by Dion Waiters while backing down Anderson Varejao in the post, then he committed a frustration foul on Matthew Dellavedova after the ball was stolen. Then on the ensuing possession, Vucevic was called for a moving screen.

Victor Oladipo
9-13 FG | 5-5 FT | 5 REB | 4 AST | 26 PTS | +1

Oladipo’s first basket was a 3-pointer — which he banked in — from the right wing in transition. It was a good omen for Oladipo, who went on to match his career-high with 26 points and did so efficiently. Everything was clicking for him. The jump shot was falling, and he was converting at the rim and getting to the free throw line.

Jameer Nelson
7-15 FG | 3-8 3P | 3 REB | 5 AST | 17 PTS | -7

Layups and 3s. That was Nelson’s night in a nutshell, as he generated a lot of his points in transition and on secondary breaks. The Cavaliers couldn’t have made it any easier on Nelson at times. Particularly in the first quarter, when all his made baskets were layups. It’s a mild surprise that Nelson even bothered to attempt any midrange jumpers.

Arron Afflalo
6-15 FG | 1-7 3P | 5 AST | 4 REB | 17 PTS | -8

Regression to the mean is staring Afflalo in the face right now and the root of the problem is that his 3-point shot has deserted him in recent games. Against Cleveland, Afflalo had plenty of quality looks — thanks to Magic running crisp half-court sets for him — but he was only able to knock down one 3-pointer in seven tries.

Cleveland Cavaliers

The Cavaliers won only their second road game of the season and they have Waiters to thank for that. He scored 16 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter, helping Cleveland turn a six-point deficit into an 10-point lead in a five-minute span before cruising to victory. Waiters had his jumper working for him and Orlando was at his mercy.