Grades: Cleveland Cavaliers 101, Orlando Magic 93 | Magic Basketball



Feb 20

Grades: Cleveland Cavaliers 101, Orlando Magic 93

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Cleveland Cavaliers 101 Final
Recap | Box Score
93 Orlando Magic

Arron Afflalo
7-14 FG | 7-8 FT | 3 REB | 3 AST | 23 PTS | -7

Games like these are a big reason why Afflalo is attracting attention at the trade deadline. As he showed against the Cavaliers, he’s a scorer that can get his points efficiently. He can get to the free throw line. He can make corner 3s. And he’s an efficient midrange jump shooter. Which playoff contender wouldn’t want that on their team?

Nikola Vucevic
8-15 FG | 4-6 FT | 12 REB | 1 AST | 20 PTS | +1

Like a majority of his Magic teammates, Vucevic played a lethargic first half. But he woke up after halftime, scoring 15 of his 20 points in the second half. He had everything working for him — layups, midrange jumpers, he even tossed in a lefty hook for good measure. Vucevic did his job in punishing a Cavaliers’ frontline that was missing Anderson Varejao.

Tobias Harris
6-14 FG | 5-8 3P | 7 REB | 3 AST | 19 PTS | +1

Harris had a monster third quarter. He scored 12 of his 19 points in the period and it’s the way he scored that was eye-opening. Harris has struggled making spot-up 3s all season long, yet he made two of them in the third. If Harris wants to be a full-time small forward, it’ll hinge largely on his ability to make spot-up 3s, particularly from the corners.

Kyle O’Quinn
5-8 FG | 2-3 3P | 1 STL | 8 REB | 10 PTS | +7

Glen Davis left the game midway through the first quarter with a sore right achilles and didn’t return, which forced head coach Jacque Vaughn to play Kyle O’Quinn at the power forward position in Davis’ place. O’Quinn acquitted himself nicely, finishing the game two rebounds shy of a double-double while showing great chemistry playing alongside Harris and Vucevic in the frontcourt.

Cleveland Cavaliers

The Cavaliers won their sixth consecutive game thanks in large part due to the Magic’s poor play in the first half. Cleveland jumped on a lazy Orlando team, building a 19-point lead at halftime that ballooned to as many as 21 early in the third quarter. The Magic tried to come back in the second half, but they dug themselves too large of a hole.