The Cleveland Cavaliers started Wednesday nights’ game with an unusually-competitive first quarter against the Orlando Magic in the second matchup of the two-game set. The success, however, was short-lived.
Orlando, who lost guard Markelle Fultz to an apparent knee injury half-way through the first, gained firm control of the game shortly thereafter and never looked back. Final score: Orlando 105, Cleveland 94.
The Cavs, lacking depth, struggled to find any sort of offensive rhythm, shooting just over 41% overall with a painful 15.4% on three-pointers.
Leading the way in minutes (35) and points (21), Colin Sexton limped off the court at the half and never quite regained his flow on both sides of the ball. Andre Drummond finished 9-16 with 19 points and 15 rebounds. Cedi Osman, started again, turned in a dismal 1-12 shooting performance, including an 0-7 mark from three. Cavs rookie Isaac Okoro, returning from a left foot sprain, played tough chipping in 10 points on 4-5 shooting.
Terrence Ross stepped up with 20 points to fill in for Fultz to lead the way for the Magic, who had four players score in double digits.
Next Up: Cavs head to Memphis tomorrow evening to take on the 2-5 Grizzlies. Tip-off is at 8 p.m.