The Cleveland Cavaliers needed someone to carry them down the stretch Friday night at the Amway Center against the Orlando Magic. Orlando guard Victor Oladipo was in the midst of a career-best performance, kept the game close for three quarters and gave the Magic a one-point lead heading into the fourth quarter.
Luckily for the Cavs, Kyrie Irving was up to the task. Irving scored 10 of his team-high 26 points the fourth quarter as the Cavs came back to beat the Magic by a final score of 109-103. He also dished out five assists.
Oladipo led all scorers with a career-high 45 points. LeBron James added 18 points for the Cavs and saw an extended rest at the start of the fourth quarter when Irving did most of his damage. Kevin Love, who finished with 14 points, didn't play a minute in the fourth quarter when the Cavs took control of the game.
Tristan Thompson played a great all-around game, finishing with 11 points, 15 rebounds and four steals in 28 minutes off the bench. Channing Frye, in his first game back in Orlando, made four of his six three-point attempts and finished with 14 points.
The win clinched a playoff birth for the Cavs and also gave Cleveland a perfect record against Orlando this season and overall win streak against the Magic to 14. The Cavs play again tomorrow against the Miami Heat at 7:30 p.m. to wrap up a two-game road trip in Florida.