Magic go down at CLE for 7th loss in a row
The Magic did a relatively good job on LeBron, holding him to 26 pts, 5 under his average. But Z. Ilgauskus (24 pts) and Sasha Pavlovic (21 pts) hurt the Magic . Yes, the same Sasha Pavlovic who was averaging 5.6 pts a game before tonight. DGooden had a solid game against his old team (16 pts 11 rebs). CLE outscored the Magic 86-73 from the field on 51.9% shooting. ORL shot 50%. Both teams made 19 FTs, as the Magic shot 76% from the line. CLE outrebounded ORL 38-34, and also had a fantastic assist-to-turnover ratio of 25-7. The Magic had 22 assists to 12 TOs. ORL had 5 players in double figures, led by DHoward (23 pts 14 rebs). The bench, led by Dooling (12 pts) and Garrity (11 pts) outscored CLE's bench 31-12. Francis had 13 pts in just 25 min. of action.
GHill struggled, scoring only 4 pts in 14 min. of action. Darko made his long-awaited Magic debut, and scored 2 pts in just 3 first-half minutes. Arroyo did not score in 5 minutes. The Magic's defense let them down tonight, as evidenced by CLE's solid shooting, and the fact CLE only had 7 TOs. They didn't have an answer for Ilgauskus, as he was a force offensively and grabbed 13 boards too. Yet another fringe player (Pavlovic) has a breakout scoring night against us. Not the way the Magic wanted to start the second half, and are now 6 games behind PHI for the 8th spot.