Cavaliers 114, Magic 111 (OT): Second-Half Comeback Falls Short as Cleveland Prevails

Frank Victores - US Presswire

Orlando played its best offensive game of the preseason so far, shooting the ball and passing the ball well, but ran out of gas in the overtime to fall to 0-3.

Orlando had a chance to win the game in regulation, holding a 107-104 lead with 7.9 seconds remaining, but Cleveland's Jeremy Pargo made a driving layup and was fouled by Magic rookie Andrew Nicholson with 4 seconds remaining. Pargo completed the 3-point play to tie the game at 107. Glen Davis then missed a long jumper for the Magic as time ran out.

Magic power forward Davis led the Magic with 27 points, 8 rebounds, and 3 steals, shooting 9 of 17 from the field and 9 of 13 from the free throw line. Shooting guard J.J. Redick came off the bench to score 18 points on just nine shot attempts, and nailed 4 of 5 from 3-point range. Redick also led the team with 8 assists, and added a rare blocked shot. Rookie first-round pick Nicholson came off the bench to score 14 points, and added 9 rebounds with 2 blocks. Point guard E'Twaun Moore rebounded from a bad game, coming off the bench to score 15 points along with 7 assists. Center Nikola Vucevic scored 8 points in the first six minutes of the game, and led the Magic with 10 first-half points.

Orlando coach Jacque Vaughn tightened up his rotation in this game, with ten players seeing action in regulation, and five players playing at least 30 or more minutes. Vaughn made a curious decision to play recently signed wing Chris Johnson in the overtime period, even though Johnson had not played at all in regulation, and did not score. Vaughn started DeQuan Jones at shooting guard, and Jones responded with 7 points and 9 rebounds.

Last season's rookie of the year, Cleveland point guard Kyrie Irving, scored 18 of his 22 points in the first half, as the Cavaliers led by as many as 12 points on their way to a 53-46 lead at the half. Irving was outstanding, shooting 5 of 8 from the field and 11 of 11 at the free throw line, and added 3 assists and 2 steals for the game.

The Magic caught fire in the third quarter, shooting 12 of 21 from the field while outscoring the Cavs 32-31 to trail 84-78 entering the final quarter. Nicholson scored eight points in the third. Davis carried the Magic in the fourth, scoring 13 of the Magic's 29 points to help the Magic take the lead. Redick scored 8 points on two 3s and a jumper in 2 1/2 minutes early in the fourth to help the Magic in their comeback effort.

The Magic shot 23 of 39 (59%) in the third and fourth quarters, and outscored Cleveland 61-54 in the second half to send the game into overtime. Orlando also did a nice job distributing the ball, as they had 33 assists to 15 turnovers for the game. Unfortunately, they could not continue their good shooting in the extra session, making just 2 of 9 from the field, as second year forward Justin Harper scored all four Magic points in the overtime.

Orlando will try to get its first preseason win Tuesday night in Detroit.

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