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Magic vs. Cavaliers: Orlando returns to face Cleveland

The road-weary Magic are back at Amway Center Sunday for a tilt against Cleveland before taking to the road once again.

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LeBron James and Kyrie Irving
LeBron James and Kyrie Irving
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In the midst of a three-game slide, the Orlando Magic return to Amway Center on Sunday evening to host the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Tipoff between Orlando and Cleveland is set for 6:00 PM. Fox Sports Florida and ESPN 580 AM will offer live coverage in the Orlando market.

Orlando's last time out: The Magic's losing streak hit three games Friday against the Boston Celtics, 95-88, despite their holding a 10-point edge at halftime. Celtics swingman Evan Turner scored 16 of his game-best 30 points in the fourth quarter as Boston pulled away, becoming just the latest marginal NBA player to light up Orlando's defense. Rookie point guard Elfrid Payton scored 20 points and dished nine assists to lead the Magic, but shot only 4-of-15 from the foul line.

Cleveland's last time out: The Cavs eked past the San Antonio Spurs in overtime Thursday, 128-125, thanks to a performance form the ages by Kyrie Irving. The All-Star guard scored an NBA season-high 57 points on 20-of-32 shooting--including 7-of-7 on threes and 10-of-10 on free throws--to bedevil the defending champs. He had help: LeBron James tallied 31 points, five rebounds, seven assists, two steals, and a block of his own, while Tristan Thompson contributed 12 points and nine boards off the bench. The win was Cleveland's seventh in its last 10 as it continues to put ground between it and the other challengers for second place in the East.

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The last meeting: Way back in December, James took control in the fourth quarter to lead the Cavs to a 98-89 victory in Orlando despite the Magic's balanced offensive attack. Of the nine Orlando players to take the floor, seven of them scored at least eight points, with Tobias Harris' 16 leading the way.

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