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Magic vs. Cavaliers four-factors analysis

The Magic held on to top Cleveland on Friday, 108-104.

Glen Davis and Tristan Thompson
Glen Davis and Tristan Thompson
Douglas Jones - US Presswire

The Orlando Magic rallied from a 12-point deficit to defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers on Black Friday, 108-104, improving their record to 5-7 overall and 4-2 at Amway Center, and they did so with a brilliant offensive outing. The Magic sank a season-high 11 three-point baskets to post their highest effective field-goal percentage of the season, leading to their second-most efficient offensive performance of the year overall.

Team Pace Efficiency eFG% FT Rate OReb% TO Rate
Cavaliers 90.1 115.4 47.1% 25.3 41.5 14.4
Magic 90.1 119.8 56.9% 21.3 36.4 20.0
Green denotes a stat better than the team's 2012/13 average;
red denotes a stat worse than the team's 2012/13 average.

Orlando needed every one of those threes, because Cleveland went bonkers offensively as well, meeting or exceeding their season averages in all four factors. Veteran center Anderson Varejão hauled in 11 offensive rebounds, helping the visiting Cavaliers to grab more than 40 percent of their own misses. It was Varejão's third game with at least 10 offensive rebounds on the year, his third such performance. Kenneth Faried of the Denver Nuggets is the only other player to have another such game.

The Magic committed turnovers on 20 percent of their possessions, the lone blemish in a great offensive night for them. However, they turned the ball over just twice in an estimated 44 possessions in the second half.

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