With just over six minutes left in the third quarter, Dwyane Wade hit a three-pointer to cut the Magic’s lead to seven. After he made, he looked up and raised his arms to celebrate just as the Magic called a timeout to regroup. In that moment, it seemed as if the Cavs were on their way to a comeback after trailing from the game’s opening possession.
It, though, was not to be. Over the rest of the third quarter, the Magic pushed their lead back up to 23 points. The Cavs would go onto lose 114-93 on Friday night in Cleveland. At one point, the Cavs trailed by 37 points.
The Magic beat the Cavs largely from behind the three-point line. In the first quarter, Orlando started it off by making eight three-pointers while the Cavs missed all five of their attempts. For the game, the Magic shot 17-35 from behind the arc while the Cavs were 7-25. For Cleveland, Kevin Love was 0-5, J.R. Smith was 0-4 and Kyle Korver was 0-2.
LeBron James lead the Cavs with 22 points with Love adding 19. Orlando’s Nikola Vucevic lead all scorers with 23 points.
With Derrick Rose out due to ankle injury, Jose Calderon started at point guard and was a disaster. At 5:11 left in the first quarter, he was pulled and didn’t see the floor again until the Cavs were down by 32 points in garbage time. Iman Shumpert took his place in the starting lineup after halftime.
The loss snaps the Cavs’ streak of 17 straight wins against the Magic. The last time Cleveland lost to Orlando was on Nov. 23, 2012 — two years before James made his return.