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Friday, December 13, 2013

Game 22: Cavs at Magic

Amway Center
Radio/TV: WTAM (1100 AM)/Fox Sports Ohio

WHAT HAPPENED: Besides stretching the Cavs' winning streak to three in a row and five of the last six games, the only thing that mattered in this game was that Anderson Varejao wasn't seriously injured.

He took two shots to his knees in the game. First, he bumped knees with Magic guard Victor Oladipo. Then, he was thrown to the floor by Andrew Nicholson with eight seconds left and hurt the other knee. Nicholson was ejected from the game, but not after doing some damage.

The Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde team we call the Cavs won their second road game of the season on Friday. They are now 2-10 away from The Q.

It was a big emphasis in practice this week. It's time for this club to start winning on the road. How about another road win on Saturday?

The Magic have won 10 of their last 14 matchups against the Cavs. However, the Cavs won three of four meetings against the Magic last year and won by an average margin of 9.2 points per game. They have visions of doing it again this year.

Kyrie Irving was quite good with 31 points. Sidekick Dion Waiters was even better - at least in the fourth when he scored the Cavs first 14 points. He fueled the Cavs' fourth-period blitz, 36-24, over the Magic.

Orlando had a 14-point lead in the first half before the Cavs started chipping away. Varejao, sore knees an all, had 10 points and a game-high 14 rebounds. Twelve came on the defensive glass that he dominated.

Varejao is one block away from Jim Brewer (353) for eighth place on the franchise's all-time list. 

UP NEXT: The Cavs travel to Miami at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at AmericanAirlines Arena.

SF Alonzo Gee (6-6, 219) vs. Arron Afflalo (6-5, 215)
PF Tristan Thompson (6-9, 236) vs. Glen Davis (6-9, 289)
C Andrew Bynum (7-0, 294) vs. Nikola Vucevic (7-0, 250)
SG C.J. Miles (6-6, 231) vs. Victor Oladipo (6-5, 215)
PG Kyrie Irving (6-3, 193) vs. Jameer Nelson (6-0, 190)
Cavs - G/F Carrick Felix, C Henry Sims
Magic - F Dahntay Jones, F Hedo Turkoglu
Tom Washington, Nick Buchert, Derrick Collins


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