Obviously we had a great first half on Monday (against Golden State), great first half today and the same result. Plus, they don't know what they're doing with Brooklyn's first-round pick yet. A Shelvin Mack jumper with 31 seconds left gave Orlando a one-point lead, but Isaiah Thomas got to the free-throw line with 11 seconds remaining after being fouled by Mack on a drive.
"We've always had lapses like this", Love said of the Cavs' annual January swoon. But despite denying Cavaliers forward Kevin Love at the basket on the following possession, the Magic could not hold on for the victory.
The Cavs were absolutely putrid in being outscored 33-17 in the third period.
The fourth quarter was a back-and-forth game as both teams looked to win badly.
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The second set was tighter, with both trading service games three times apiece, pushing it to a tie break. We don't have the players in the same room at all times .
"Right now, we're in Strugglesville", LeBron James said, "but it felt like a win".
OKC's "other" big addition this offseason, Paul George, has been very good through his first 44 games with the Thunder. With 10 players making solid contributions, including the previously invisible J.R. Smith, the Cavs were up 67-47 at halftime. James was 19 years old when he notched his 1,000th point; 23 when he reached 10,000; 28 when he reached 20,000 - and now, here he sits: 33 years and 21 days old and ready to join an elite group that already includes Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone, Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan, Wilt Chamberlain and Dirk Nowitzki. At the end of the day, we have a game every other day or every two days just like everybody else in the National Basketball Association. Follow him @RickNoland on Twitter. Lillard collected 26 points, eight assists and five rebounds, and Nurkic scored 19 points and grabbed 17 rebounds for the Trail Blazers, who won their second consecutive game.
Thomas led his team with 21 poins along with LeBron James who made 16.
Not surprisingly, Thomas' rust is showing: He's shot 38 percent or worse from the field in each of his last three games and is 2-for-18 from 3-point range during that span. Assists-Orlando 25 (Payton 8), Cleveland 22 (James 6).