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Nelson too much for Cavs



Published: Sat, November 24, 2012 @ 12:00 a.m.

Associated Press

ORLANDO, Fla.

Jameer Nelson had 22 points, Arron Afflalo scored 19 and the Orlando Magic rallied to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 108-104 on Friday night.

Glen Davis had 10 of his 16 points in Orlando’s big fourth quarter. Nelson finished with six assists for the Magic, who have won two straight and continue their five-game homestand Sunday against Boston.

Dion Waiters scored 25 points for Cleveland, and Anderson Varejao had 19. The Cavaliers have lost seven of eight and face Miami tonight.

Orlando had 16 turnovers in the first half, but just two after the break. The Magic connected on 11 of 21 3-pointers for the game.

Saddled with turnover issues in the first half, the Magic trailed for most of the game but managed to rally by turning some of the Cavaliers’ turnovers into easy points. It was tied headed to the fourth quarter, and there were eight lead changes in the final 12 minutes.

Afflalo hit a 3-pointer from the wing with less than two minutes remaining, giving the Magic a 98-94 lead.

A free throw and tip-in by Tyler Zeller trimmed Orlando’s advantage to a point, but a driving layup by Nikola Vucevic restored the Magic’s three-point lead at 100-97 with 32.3 seconds to play.


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