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Magic struggles, bailed out by 3s

ORLANDO — Dwight Howard had 23 points and 13 rebounds, Rashard Lewis scored 21 and the Magic beat the Cavaliers 104-90 on Monday night.

LeBron James had 30 points, nine rebounds and six assists for Cleveland. Delonte West had 16 points, and Sasha Pavlovic added 14.

Orlando opened 1-for-9 from the field and didn't get much better through three quarters. The Magic finished 34-of-86 (39.5 percent), compared with 35-of-80 shooting (43.8 percent) for Cleveland. Orlando got beat on fastbreak points (22-3) and points in the paint (46-34).

But the Magic made its mark from long range, including five 3-pointers in a four-minute stretch of the third quarter. Orlando was 14-for-32 on 3s, compared with 6-for-19 for the Cavaliers, and got 20 points off 15 Cleveland turnovers in its fifth straight win.

"The main focus is to get the ball inside to Dwight," Lewis said. "Obviously he demands so much attention, and they can't guard him one-on-one. They try to clog the paint, and they leave us wide open out on the wing, so we take what they give us."

Hedo Turkoglu had 18 points and seven rebounds and Maurice Evans had 10 points for Orlando. Jameer Nelson had seven assists but only six points on 2-for-12 shooting.

Cleveland led 45-40 at halftime and by 10 in the third quarter before Orlando made a run. Evans, Turkoglu and Lewis hit consecutive 3-pointers, and Nelson capped it with a three-point play to give the Magic a 73-72 lead at the end of the quarter.

"We had to change our coverage, and they still hit a couple on us," Cavs coach Mike Brown said.

James nearly kept Cleveland in the game by himself in the fourth, scoring seven of its first nine, making two seemingly effortless dunks.

But the Cavaliers went more than four minutes without a basket, missing three straight free throws (one from James and two from Zydrunas Ilgauskas). Turkoglu's 3-pointer put the Magic ahead 89-81 with 5:35 left.

"They made shots that they didn't make in the first half," James said. "They are a team that shoots the ball very well. They hit a lot of 3-pointers, and when they do that, it is tough to come back. We just never recovered from that."

Notes: Orlando leads the season series 2-1. The teams play again April 5 in Cleveland. … Tiger Woods watched from courtside, a day after winning the Arnold Palmer Invitational at nearby Bay Hill. … Although he struggled from the field, Nelson made an unlikely 3. With 2:30 left, the ball rimmed out then hit the backboard and went in.

CLEVELAND (90): James 11-22 7-11 30, Wallace 1-1 0-0 2, Ilgauskas 2-10 0-2 4, Pavlovic 6-11 1-2 14, West 5-12 5-5 16, Varejao 1-1 0-0 2, Smith 3-6 1-2 7, Brown 3-6 0-0 7, Da.Jones 2-6 0-0 6, Szczerbiak 1-4 0-0 2, Dw.Jones 0-0 0-0 0, Allred 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 35-80 14-22 90.

ORLANDO (104): Turkoglu 5-16 5-6 18, Lewis 7-11 4-4 21, Howard 6-14 11-15 23, Evans 4-5 0-0 10, Nelson 2-12 1-1 6, Cook 2-7 0-0 5, Garrity 2-3 0-0 5, Dooling 3-8 1-2 8, Bogans 2-8 0-0 6, Foyle 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 34-86 22-28 104.

Cleveland 23 22 27 18— 90

Orlando 20 20 33 31— 104

3-Point GoalsCleveland 6-19 (Da.Jones 2-6, Brown 1-1, Pavlovic 1-3, James 1-4, West 1-5), Orlando 14-32 (Lewis 3-5, Turkoglu 3-6, Evans 2-2, Bogans 2-6, Dooling 1-1, Garrity 1-2, Cook 1-4, Nelson 1-6). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsCleveland 54 (James 9), Orlando 57 (Howard 13). AssistsCleveland 17 (James 6), Orlando 21 (Nelson 7). Total FoulsCleveland 22, Orlando 16. A17,519 (17,519).

Magic 104

Cavs 90

Magic struggles, bailed out by 3s 03/17/08 [Last modified: Thursday, October 28, 2010 9:42am]
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