Cleveland, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Kyrie Irving scored 22 points with seven
assists and seven rebounds to help the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 101-93 win
over the Orlando Magic at Quicken Loans Arena on Wednesday.
Luol Deng tallied 17 points, Tyler Zeller chipped in 16, and Tristan Thompson
had 16 points with 14 rebounds in the Cavs' sixth straight win both overall
and against Orlando.
The overall streak is Cleveland's longest since an eight-game run from
March 8-24, 2010, when LeBron James roamed the sidelines for the Cavs.
Arron Afflalo paced the struggling Magic with 23 points, while Nikola Vucevic
deposited a 20-point, 12-rebound double-double. Orlando has now lost 14
straight games on the road and three straight overall.
The club is two games shy of the franchise record road losing skid which was
set from Jan. 27-March 21, 2006.
Cleveland led by 21 early in the third quarter when Harris made back-to-back
3-pointers to jumpstart a 25-8 run and cut the deficit to four heading into
the fourth quarter.
Victor Oladipo netted the first points of the final frame to cut the deficit
in half, but Cleveland responded with a quick 7-2 run to push the margin to
79-72 with just under nine minutes left.
The Cavs kept Orlando at arm's length when Afflalo capped an 8-2 run with a
three-point play to pull the Magic within two, 89-87, with 2:07 remaining.
Zeller followed with a three-point play to make it a five-point spread with
under two to play.
The Cleveland lead remained five when some crisp ball movement helped seal it,
as the ball whipped around the arc with Irving zipping it to a wide-open Deng,
who buried a 3 with 35.9 seconds left.
"We're a little more comfortable with what we're doing down the stretch," Cavs
head coach Mike Brown said.
Earlier, Irving scored 10 consecutive points for Cleveland as the Cavs opened
the first quarter on a 15-2 burst.
Vucevic tipped in a Glen Davis miss 4:25 into the game to open the scoring for
Orlando, and the next basket didn't come for another 2:37 when Kyle O'Quinn
made a jumper.
"We came out slow and sloppy," Vucevic said.
Cleveland's lead swelled to 18, 24-6, following a Thompson dunk with 1 1/2
minutes left in the first and the Cavs led 26-11 heading into the second.
Orlando shot 3-for-21 from the floor in the first quarter, including 1-for-6
from beyond the arc.
Late in the second, Irving followed a trey from Jarrett Jack with a 3-pointer
of his own to give the Cavs a 55-36 lead at halftime.
Dion Waiters (hyperextended knee) and Anderson Varejao (sore back) missed the
contest for Cleveland. Waiters injured his knee on Tuesday night in
Philadelphia, while Varejao missed his fourth consecutive tilt ... Cleveland
outrebounded Orlando 51-45 ... Jack scored 10 points in the win ... Orlando
did not lead at one time ... O'Quinn scored 10 points off the bench in the
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