Darius Garland achieves a breakthrough and beats the Caves after Magic
Darius Garland scored a season-high 26 points with 11 assists, Garrett Allen scored a double, and host Cleveland Cavaliers ended their five-game losing streak with a 105-92 victory over the Orlando Magic on Saturday night.
Garland became the fourth youngest player in franchise history to reach 2,000 points when he sank a short base jump with 2:48 remaining in the third quarter. Cleveland beat the Magic 24-20 in the period to advance 78-69.
Allen scored (8 to 9 shots) 12 of his 19 first-half points and finished with 11 rebounds, helping the Cleveland defeat the Magic for the first time since March 3, 2019. Orlando has won the previous seven encounters against the team. Cavaliers.
Cleveland junior Evan Mobley contributed 13 points, nine rebounds and four shots after missing the previous four games due to a right elbow sprain.
Lauri Markkanen (20 points) and Sidi Othman (10) scored two goals for the Cavaliers. Markkanen made four three-pointers while Cleveland fired 36 percent (14 to 39) from depth.
The Magic, who scored 8 to 32 out of a 3-point range, lost six points in a row and nine from the last 10.
Orlando was without two of its key players – goalkeeper Cole Anthony (ankle) and central midfielder Mo Bamba (back) – as Gary Harris and Robin Lopez moved into the starting line-up. Anthony missed his fifth game in a row.
Lopez scored a season-high 13 points. Wendell Carter Jr., who was sent off with 2:09 pm for his frustration after a lack of contact, had 19 points and 11 rebounds for his 10th double of the season.
Franz Wagner (eight rebounds) scored 12 points, Harris added 11 points and Galen Suggs 10 points, putting Orlando’s five Novices into double figures.
The Cavaliers opened the third quarter 14-6 to lead 68-55. Markkanen made two three-pointers, Garland got a nice bounce on a 34-foot three as the shot clock was up, and Allen dunked as part of a three-point play.
Cleveland was able to lead 54-49 in the first half despite missing 13 of 17 shots from outside the arc. The Cavaliers scored 32 points in the paint — compared to 24 for magic — and maintained 26-17 edges on the boards over the opening two quarters.
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