Hill returns from injury to lead Magic over Cavs
The Magic bench contributed plenty. DMilicic had 12 pts 9 rebs, TDiener and KDooling 11 pts each, and J.J. Redick added 6 pts, including a 4 pt play. James got little help for CLE, as Drew Gooden and Larry Hughes were the only other Cavs players in double figures with 14 each.
The Magic (30 of 73, 41%) outscored CLE (27 of 75, 36%) from the field 65-57. The Magic shot well on 3 pters, 5 of 10, while CLE was just 3 of 13. CLE (17 of 25) had a slight edge on the FT line (ORL 16 of 25). The Magic won the rebound battle 48-38. Both teams had a poor AST/TO ratio, with the Magic at 13-19, and CLE at 12-16. The Magic bench dominated 40-8 over the CLE bench.
Talk about ugly stats... 81 pts, 41% FG shooting, 64% FT shooting, 19 TOs, 13 ASTS... but the Magic found a way to win the game over a quality team. With 3 players still out with injury and three starters struggling, the bench played well, and picked up the slack. The Magic finally get a break in the schedule and don't play until WED, hosting NO.