CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – The Cleveland Cavaliers routed the Orlando Magic at Quicken Loans Arena, 104-79. Here are five things to know about Saturday’s victory:
1. Do you believe in Magic?
The Cavs’ blowout victory over Orlando was Cleveland’s 13th straight win over the Magic and third this season. Over that stretch, the Cavaliers are outscoring the Magic by an average of 16.5 points. This season alone, Cleveland has outscored Orlando by an average of 24.7 points per matchup.
2. More milestones
LeBron James poured in a game-high 29 points, despite playing in just three of Saturday’s four quarters, shooting much better (11-18) than in a handful of his previous contests. Additionally, his second assist of the game pushed James past Tiny Archibald for 21st place on the NBA’s all-time list. Cleveland’s star forward finished with five rebounds and three helpers in the victory.
3. Lock it down
Cleveland limited Orlando to just 38.2 percent from the field after holding the Magic to only 13 first-quarter points. The Cavs’ defense also kept every Magic starter from reaching double figures. Only Aaron Gordon (11 points), Mario Hezonja (10 points) and Shabazz Napier (10 points) reached double-figure scoring for Orlando. Cleveland also played with much better pace and kept the turnovers to a minimum (7 total).
4. Excel past Van Exel
J.R. Smith connected on just one three-pointer on Saturday night, but the lone long-distance heave moved Smith past Nick Van Exel into sole possession of 22nd place on the league’s all-time successful three-pointer list. Smith has now nailed 1,528 threes in his career. The Cavs’ starting two-guard went 1-for-5 from beyond the arc in the victory.
5. Double your fun
Kevin Love picked up his 14th double-double of the campaign, scoring 10 points and snatching a game-high 13 rebounds in the win. Tristan Thompson also added to his season total, notching his sixth double-double of the campaign. Thompson finished with 10 points and 12 rebounds on Saturday night.