Orlando had this game too.
Game recaps and an in-depth discussion of what went wrong towards the end of the Cleveland Cavaliers game.
The Magic's momentum didn't last.
Cleveland knew the season was going to be rough in the beginning as they were not expecting to have guard Isaiah Thomas playing until January.
As they did in Monday's matchup with the Warriors, the Cavaliers came out ready to play - running out to a 23-point edge in the second quarter. Perhaps they should stop serving turkey and mashed potatoes in the locker room at halftime.
James scored 16 and now needs 25 to become the seventh player in National Basketball Association history to reach 30,000. Some of the same problems would continue to plague the Cavaliers in the second half.
After a video replay to determine who hit the ball out of bounds, referees ruled there was an inadvertent whistle, setting up a jump ball with 0.2 seconds left. He was called for illegally grabbing the toss.
Speaking of the Cavs, they were up 63-40 in the second quarter to the worst team in the league, but for the second time in three games they blew a lead of 20 points or more.
Not surprisingly, Thomas' rust is showing: He's shot 38 percent or worse from the field in each of his last three games and is 2-for-18 from 3-point range during that span.
On Cleveland's ensuing possession, however, LeBron James had a pass stolen by Aaron Gordon. And Love recorded a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Rose now has 21 turnovers compared to 13 assists. Dwyane Wade scored 11 off the bench and Jeff Green added 10.
A Little Warmer, Lots Of Clouds
This will be the last night we are freezing cold before a big warm up arrives by this weekend . As the front moves into the Ozarks by late afternoon, showers will break out along the front.
Cleveland went 1 for 17 on 3-pointers in the second half.
The Orlando Magic will have to wait at least a little longer to win consecutive games for the first time since November 8 and November 10.
The Magic had Elfrid Payton scoring 19 and Evan Fournier with 17 points.
And they did it against a now 13-32 Orlando team that was without starting center Nikola Vucevic (fractured hand) and key reserve Arron Afflalo (suspended).
The Cavs committed 19 turnovers that led to 27 Orlando points.
This is a true rough patch not just for James, but for this entire unit.
Before the game, James was chosen as one of the captains for this year's All-Star game after receiving the most votes in balloting by fans, players and media.
Thomas, J.R. Smith, and Jae Crowder opened the game making their first seven shots. The only opportunities he's had to regain his groove are live games - of which he's played just five since last May.
Sure, that's mostly been the case with LeBron-led teams.
Thomas finished 6-of-15 shooting. Jamall Gregory scored six of his 10 points to spark a comeback.
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