Orlando Magic comeback falls short against Cavs
The Orlando Magic road woes continued on Wednesday night as they fell in Cleveland 101-93 to the Cavaliers. The Magic trailed by as many as 21 in the 3rd quarter before a 27-10 run allowed the Magic to get within four points heading into the fourth frame. Orlando would keep the game close for the majority of the 4th quarter, trailing by just three points with a minute and a half remaining before Cleveland closed the game out in their favor.
Orlando trailed Cleveland 26-11 after the first quarter and the game wasn’t as close as the score indicated. The Magic came out flat and looked like there was a chance of a mercy-rule at halftime before they finally showed up and started moving the ball and playing team basketball. The 11-point performance was the lowest output for the Magic in any quarter all season.
Arron Afflalo, who is unlikely to be traded, led the team in scoring with 23 points. Nik Vucevic finished with 20 points and 12 rebounds and Tobias Harris had 19. Kyle O’Quinn finished with 10 points and 8 rebounds off the bench, playing 28 extremely effective minutes in place of Glen Davis who left the game after just six minutes due to a sore right Achilles.
The loss was the 14th straight losing effort for the Magic away from home, who haven’t won on the road since mid-December.
All-Star Game MVP Kyrie Irving led the Cavs on the night with 22 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists while Tristan Thompson had 16 points and 14 rebounds.
Crown Royal #ReignOn Magic Tweet of the Night
Can it be 2009 again?
— Orlando Magic Daily (@OMagicDaily) February 20, 2014
With the trade deadline looming on Thursday at 3pm, there is a real chance that this could be the last game that Jameer Nelson, Big Baby and others may have ever played in a Magic uniform.
The Magic are now 16-40 on the season and a putrid 3-25 on the road. The team will return to the Amway Center on Friday night to face off against the New York Knicks. Will the roster look differently?