Grades: Cleveland Cavaliers 87, Orlando Magic 81 (OT) | Magic Basketball

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Jan 03

Grades: Cleveland Cavaliers 87, Orlando Magic 81 (OT)

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Cleveland Cavaliers 87 Final
Recap | Box Score
81 Orlando Magic

Arron Afflalo
5-15 FG | 2-5 3P | 6 REB | 5 AST | 12 PTS | -12

The Cavaliers double-teamed Afflalo throughout the game and forced him to give up the ball a lot. The Magic tried their best to run sets Afflalo to free him up for open looks to counteract that. But even then, Cleveland made it tough on Afflalo to get quality shots. This is the type of added attention Afflalo has been seeing lately, given how well he’s been playing this season.

Glen Davis
6-19 FG | 4-8 FT | 2 BLK | 13 REB | 16 PTS | -11

Big Baby got a double-double, but as is the norm for him, he did it in the most inefficient way possible. He took 19 shots to score 16 points, with many of his misses coming at the rim. It’s often said that Davis struggles to finish in the paint because of his lack of lift (due to his girth). That’s what happened against the Cavaliers.

Jameer Nelson
5-9 FG | 4-8 3P | 6 REB | 9 AST | 14 PTS | -8

Did you know that more than half of Nelson’s field goal attempts (55.6 percent, to be exact) are from behind the 3-point line? Well, now you know. Nelson kept that trend going versus Cleveland, as four of his five made field goals were 3-point shots. It’s interesting to see Nelson’s shot selection drift further away from the basket — at least he’s not shooting long 2s.

Andrew Nicholson
5-11 FG | 0-3 3P | 1 BLK | 6 REB | 12 PTS | +7

Nicholson wasn’t able to connect on any of his corner 3s, but that’s about all he couldn’t do offensively. He was damn near-automatic everywhere else on the floor. On a night where nearly every player for the Magic struggled to score on offense, Nicholson was effective. If given the minutes, he could have easily put up a more efficient double-double than Davis.

Cleveland Cavaliers

In the span of 13.9 seconds, Nelson fouled Jack on a 3-pointer, Harris committed a five-second violation, and Moore missed two free throws. That allowed the Cavaliers to erase a 79-72 deficit — thanks to Jack’s three free throws and back-to-back layups from Waiters — and send the game to overtime, where they came back to win. Varejao (18 points, career-high 25 rebounds) was a monster.