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Final score: Cavs look sharp in preseason debut, beat Magic 117-102

Jordan McRae led the way with 20 points in the reigning champs’ exhibition opener

NBA: Preseason-Orlando Magic at Cleveland Cavaliers David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

The Cavaliers opened the preseason Wednesday night at the Q with a game against the Magic, and emerged with a 117-102 victory. And boy, oh boy, was it nice to see stuff like this again:

While preseason games generally don't mean too much, it was nice to see the reigning NBA Champions play some basketball. The game wasn’t particularly close with Cleveland storming out to a large lead and heading into halftime up 68-42. The Cavaliers stuck to their stated plan of getting roughly 13 minutes out of LeBron and other key pieces. After the midway break the Cavs roster resembled a summer league team, featuring a whole lot of Kay Felder, Markel Brown, DeAndre Liggins, Cory Jefferson, and Jonathan Holmes.

My big take away from the game is that “Jordan McRae, bench scorer” may genuinely be a thing that is happening. The former Tennessee Volunteer was electric off the bench, leading the team with 20 points. Earlier today Chris Fedor wrote a piece detailing the extensive work McRae has put into his game this offseason.

That work seems to be paying dividends, and if the first preseason game is any indication, it seems likely McRae will contribute this year. Share your main takeaway in the comments below.

The Cavs will be back in action with preseason game number 2 against Philadelphia at the Q on Sunday.