Cleveland Cavaliers Clobber Orlando Magic
The Orlando Magic pulled off a rare feat on Wednesday evening. They got blown out at home to the Cleveland Cavaliers 119-98. It’s the largest loss at Amway Center for the Magic since November 20th when Orlando took a 28-point drubbing at the hands of the Miami Heat. 28 points is the largest Cleveland’s lead got in this contest as Mike Brown’s squad shot 57.7 FG% on the night with 3 players reaching 20+ points. They were led by Dion Waiters who hoisted up 10-of-15 shots and scored 26 points. Victor Oladipo led the Magic with 16 points off the bench.
- Tristan Thompson is proving to be the superior Canadian big man over countryman Andrew Nicholson. ‘Drew is constantly lost on a daily basis and really needs a lengthy offseason to get his game in order. Thompson had 10 points in a first quarter that found the Magic down 35-27.
- The Cavs shot 37 free throw attempts the last time they faced Orlando, and they kicked off Wednesday’s first quarter with 11 free throw attempts.
- Orlando allowed Cleveland to shoot 60.5 FG% in the first half. Worse yet, the Magic trailed 70-47 at halftime as four Cavs already had 10+ points. Spencer Hawes led Cleveland with 18 points on a career-high tying 4-of-5 shooting from 3-point range. Just awful Magic defense.
- The 70 first half points was a season-high for points scored by a Magic opponent.
- Cavs held a 15-2 fast break point halftime advantage, as well as 38-16 points in the paint advantage.
- I now count 4 Magic Gram marriage proposals having occurred this season as another one happened during halftime.
- Even though they shot 9-of-21 through 3 quarters, Orlando was behind 94-68 entering the final period. The Magic had zero defensive answers.
- It was perplexing that Tobias Harris got zero playing time in that 3rd period.
- At least Doron Lamb reached double digit points for the 6th time in his career. He had a season-high 14 points.
- There were no redeeming qualities in watching the 4th quarter.
The Magic hit the road for a meeting in Charlotte on Friday evening against the Bobcats.
Adam Papageorgiou runs Orlando Magic Greek and is a proud MBO contributor.