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Magic's reserves key 102-73 win over Cavs


Published: Sat, March 11, 2006 @ 12:00 a.m.


It was Orlando's largest victory margin of the season.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- The Orlando Magic did not need a superstar Friday night.
Carlos Arroyo had 17 points and seven assists, leading a 67-point effort by Orlando's reserves in a 102-73 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.
It was the struggling Magic's largest margin of victory this season.
Tony Battie was the only Orlando starter in double figures with 13 points and 13 rebounds, but four players -- Arroyo, Darko Milicic (11 points), Keyon Dooling (13) and little-used Bo Outlaw (12) hit the mark off the bench.
"That's our job -- to come in the game, bring energy and change the tempo of the game," Arroyo said.
The win snapped a six-game losing streak for Orlando, which had previously lost 18 of its last 20, and a four-game winning streak for the Cavaliers.
James scores 25
LeBron James, who missed Cleveland's shoot-around and was questionable with flu-like symptoms, had 25 points and seven rebounds. Zydrunas Ilgauskas and Flip Murray each scored 13 for Cleveland, while Drew Gooden added nine points and 12 rebounds.
"We didn't come with the mind-set to win a basketball game, and that's what happens," James said. "Carlos Arroyo got in between our defense and made plays. They did an excellent job of getting good shots. They ran off our turnovers, they executed off our mistakes."
The Magic led 76-60 at the beginning of the fourth quarter and never let Cleveland get much closer -- despite playing mostly reserves down the stretch.
"With the number of games we have left to go, the one thing we refuse to let happen is we're not going to come out and go through the motions," Magic coach Brian Hill said. "It doesn't matter who's out there playing as far as I'm concerned. We're just going to play the people who play the hardest."
Arroyo's 3-pointer with 3:07 left, followed by an acrobatic fast-break layup from Dwight Howard, put Orlando ahead 96-70.
James didn't play the last half of the fourth quarter.
Big difference in shooting
The Magic shot 57 percent from the field, compared with just 34 percent for the Cavaliers.
"We got our butts beat. Simple as that," Cleveland coach Mike Brown said. "They played a heck of a ballgame."
After falling behind 28-21, the Magic found their stroke in the second quarter. Orlando's reserves -- led by Milicic and Arroyo -- opened the period with a 22-5 run to take a 53-41 lead at halftime. Orlando scored 32 points on a franchise-record 16-of-19 (84 percent) from the field, beating a previous high of 83 percent in a quarter set in 1994.
Notes
The Magic honored former player Nick Anderson with a video tribute and the unveiling of a permanent arena banner. Anderson, Orlando's first draft pick, holds the franchise record with 10,650 points. ... Grant Hill started, but played only 7:38 because of lower abdominal pain. He scored two points on 1-for-6 shooting. ... Cleveland had 15 offensive rebounds, compared with 11 for Orlando.
Copyright 2006 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.


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