Cavs vs. Magic, Game 57
at Amway Arena
WHAT HAPPENED: The Cavs have lost three in a row for the first time since March 22-29, 2008. They didn't lose more than two in a row during their 66-win season.
The Magic are a formidable opponent with center Dwight Howard (22 points, 16 rebounds and four blocks) and all the shooters around him.
Guards Jameer Nelson (18 points) and Vince Carter (11) each had eight points in the fourth quarter. That might have been the difference in the game.
The Cavs’ top four guards were a combined 4 of 25 from the field against Orlando (Mo Williams 1 of 9, Anthony Parker 1 of 4, Delonte West 2 of 9 and Daniel Gibson 0 of 1).
The Cavs won their last meeting in Orlando on Nov. 11, 102-93. The game was actually more lopsided that the final score indicated.
NOTES: It's the most unbelievable thing. Magic senior vice president Pat Williams has now written 60 books. His latest, "Daly Wisdom," is about the late Chuck Daly, who coached the Cavs, Pistons and Magic.
-- ESPN radio's Dr. Jack Ramsay celebrated his 85th birthday working the game.
-- O'Neal clobbered Magic guard J.J. Redick so hard on a drive to the basket, many wondered if the former Duke star would get up. But he hopped up and split two free throws.
-- The media tried to goad O'Neal into some trash talk regarding Howard, but he wouldn't bite. He even embraced him after the game and told him, "Good game." He said playing the Magic is just another game.
PROJECTED STARTING LINEUPS
SF LeBron James vs. Matt Barnes
PF J.J. Hickson vs. Rashard Lewis
C Shaquille O'Neal vs. Dwight Howard
SG Anthony Parker vs. Vince Carter
PG Mo Williams vs. Jameer Nelson
Cavs - F Leon Powe, G Sebastian Telfair, G/F Danny Green.
Magic - C Adonal Foyle
Joe DeRosa, Tony Brown, Gary Zielinski