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Saturday, May 23, 2009

ECF Game 2: Cavaliers 96 Magic 95

LeBron James' 23 foot three pointer at the buzzer over Hedo Turkoglu lifted Cleveland to a dramatic one point win over the Magic. James' bucket came after Turkoglu gave the Magic a two point lead with a 12 footer with one second remaining.

Just like in Game 1, Cleveland came out like they were going to blow the Magic out quickly. The Cavaliers jumped out to a 20-9 lead and led after one quarter 30-16. They extended their lead to a game-high 23 points at 43-20 before the Magic began another comeback. The Magic cut their deficit to 12 at the half 56-44.

The Magic were able to get within 7 points in the third quarter, but the Cavaliers still led by 12 points before the Magic scored the last six points of the quarter to trail just 75-69 going into the fourth. This set the stage for another tense and exciting final quarter as the Magic took their first lead at 86-84 with just under 5 1/2 minutes remaining. Cleveland came back to lead 93-90 with 1:40 remaining. Turkoglu made a three to tie with 48.7 seconds remaining, and after James was called for a rare traveling violation, Turk gave the Magic the lead with just a second remaining before James saved the season for Cleveland.

Magic scoring leaders

Rashard Lewis: 23 points (6 of 15 field goals), 5 rebounds, 2 steals
Hedo Turkoglu: 21 points (9 of 17 field goals), 4 assists
Courtney Lee: 11 points (4 of 9 field goals)
Dwight Howard: 10 points (3 of 8 field goals), 18 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 blocks
Mickael Pietrus (bench): 10 points (4 of 5 field goals), 2 blocks

Cleveland scoring leaders

LeBron James: 35 points (12 of 23 field goals), 5 assists, 6 turnovers
Mo Williams: 19 points (7 of 21 field goals), 5 rebounds, 5 assists
Zydrunas Ilgauskas: 12 points (5 of 13 field goals), 15 rebounds, 2 blocks
Delonte West: 12 points (4 of 7 field goals), 5 rebounds

Overall Game Statistics

FG%: ORL 47.9% (34 of 71) CLE 45.5% (35 of 77)
3 PT FG%: ORL 43.5% (10 of 23) CLE 26.3% (5 of 19)
FT%: CLE 80.8% (21 of 26) ORL 68% (17 of 25)
REB: CLE 38 (8 offensive) ORL 30 (7 offensive)
AST/TO: CLE 17/14 ORL 16/12

Other game notes and stats:

-The Magic made just 7 of their first 25 field goal attempts; then made 27 of their final 46 shots
-The Magic made 6 of 11 three pointers in the second half
-The Magic outscored the Cavaliers from the field 78-75
-The Cavaliers made just 2 of 13 three pointers in the second half
-Rafer Alston was the only Magic starter not to score in double figures, finishing with 3 points on 1 of 7 shooting
-The Magic used a ten man rotation, as the reserves combined to shoot 11 of 15 from the field, including 3 of 6 from three point range
-The Cavaliers' starters outscored the Magic starters 82-68
-Sasha Pavlovic, who did not play in Game 1, led the Cavaliers' bench with 9 points; Joe Smith was the only other Cavaliers' reserve to score
-The Magic attempted only 5 free throws in the second half
-After falling behind 43-20, the Magic outscored the Cavaliers 75-50 before James' game-winning three

Game 3 will be in Orlando Sunday night.

Here is the complete box score from nba.com


  • At 2:29 AM, Anonymous Cash Gifting Program said…

    Tough one for the Magic. If they could get off to a decent start they would have won both games.

    They present match-up problems for the Cavs with both Hedo and R Lewis. On the flip-side I expect Mo Williams and Delante Hill to start hitting their jumpers like they did during the regular season.

    It'll continue to be a fun and exciting series.

  • At 4:30 AM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    You're referring to Delonte West (not Hill) in your comment.

    Otherwise, you're absolutely right in saying that the Magic would have won both games if they had gotten off to a decent start.

    The Magic still got the split, though, and enjoy home-court advantage.

    The Magic have played outstanding in the second half in both games, especially the fourth quarter. Coming back from 23 points down to take the lead... wow, that's amazing.

    It took a three point field goal at the buzzer from the league's MVP to beat the Magic in Game 2.

    Good move by Brown to put Sasha Pavlovic in the game. He gave the Cavs a spark off the bench, but still, the Magic reserves had another solid game and outscored the Cavs' reserves by 12 points.

    I have all the confidence that the Magic will win both games coming up in Orlando. It should be a great atmosphere inside Amway Arena, and I believe the Magic's superior depth and matchup problems they pose will continue to give Cleveland problems.

    The Magic have to get D12 back on track offensively... only 8 FG attempts and 10 pts for him in Game 2, compared to 20 FG attempts and 30 points in Game 1.

  • At 6:13 AM, Blogger Matt said…

    The Magic showed once again that they are the better team. It took a great player making a great shot to beat them at the end. I would have preferred MP to defend LeBron on the last play and probably with stronger body to bump him off balance. I guess SVG went with the length which I disagree being the right choice.

  • At 10:58 AM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    2 keys to this game. (1) Free throw shooting. If the magic make half of the free throws they missed we win the game bottom line. (2) Whether it was MP or hedo defending lebron for the last shot it didnt matter,the problem was there was absolutely no ball pressure on the passer out of bounds. The lakers won a game with ball preesure on the passer,yet we chose to let rashard kinda just stand in limbo/zone and didnt guard anybody. Lebron caught the mo williams pass so easily and was able to turn and shoot,wasnt really a tough shot at all. If there was ball pressure on the passer out of bounds he would have had to throw the pass high to get it over a 6ft10 rashard and lebron doesnt have such a clean catch and shoot. SVG said after the game that he screwed up but he didnt get specific,i bet that was what he was talking about because there's no way the magic should have lost that game. Lebrons last second shot was way to easy!

  • At 5:52 PM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    The Magic's 68% FT shooting and 8 missed free throws certainly did hurt them.

    You're right about the inbound pass on James' last shot, too.

    When a team loses a game by one point at the buzzer, there are so many things you could look at and say... what if?

    I know there were some tough calls against the Magic, but free throws attempted and personal fouls were virtually even. How about that traveling call on James in the final minute? Even James admitted it was a good call, but most refs wouldn't have the guts to blow the whistle in that situation.

  • At 2:06 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Magic is a better team and will win. Cavs is nothing without James and we have the best team...
    Turk will outscore James this Sunday....btw...someone just sent me this link with Hedo Turkoglu pics http://atlantic.net/blog/


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