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Orlando at Cleveland

LeBron's triple-double not enough for Cavs in OT loss to Howard's Magic

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CLEVELAND -- LeBron James heard the whistle and figured he was headed to the free throw line.

He got there. Just not to shoot.

Driving down the lane in the final seconds of overtime, James was tied up by Orlando's Hedo Turkoglu for a game-ending jump ball as the Magic, paced by Dwight Howard's 35 points and 16 rebounds, remained unbeaten on the road with a 117-116 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night.

Howard, almost unstoppable near the basket, made two free throws with 5.8 seconds left in OT to put the Magic up by one. Following a timeout, James, who finished with 39 points, 14 assists and 13 rebounds, took the inbounds pass at the top of the key and quickly drove past Keith Bogans.

But as he approached the basket, James was wrapped up from the side by a helping Turkoglu, who had been called for a critical three-shot foul against James with 2.4 seconds left in regulation.

Orlando's forward got his hands on the ball but also appeared to make contact with James' forearms. Referee Leon Wood, though, signaled for a jump ball, and as Cleveland fans booed loudly, James walked around with a puzzled look on his face.

"I got there early enough to help Boges. I didn't foul him -- this time," Turkoglu said, smiling.

James won the jump, but the ball was tipped out of bounds as the Magic improved to an NBA-best 5-0 on the road.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, James is the first player to record that many points, assists and rebounds in a game since Wilt Chamberlain in 1968. However, he would have gladly traded the rare triple-double for a win.

"I went into the lane and I got grabbed," James said. "He had some of the ball, but he had part of my arm as well. Once I feel a little bit contact, I am trying to go up and get the shot off and hopefully they will call a foul. It didn't go our way."

Magic coach Stan Van Gundy was adamant that Turkoglu didn't foul James.

"That's a jump ball," he said. "I didn't see anything but Turk grab the ball. Turk got right there and got on the ball."

Jameer Nelson had 21 points and 11 assists for the Magic, who last opened a season 7-2 in 1999.

Drew Gooden added 23 points and Zydrunas Ilgauskas 18 for Cleveland, which was playing its first game at home following a six-game road trip out West.

After the late foul by Turkoglu, James, whose suspect free-throw shooting has been the only major blemish in his game as a pro, made three straight free throws with 2.4 seconds left in regulation to tie it 108-108.

With Cleveland needing a 3-pointer to tie, James was able to get Turkoglu up in the air with a head fake and drew a three-shot foul that had several Magic assistant coaches covering their heads in disgust.

Van Gundy wanted his team to foul James before he could attempt a shot.

"I'll take the blame," he said. "We've talked about doing that, but we haven't practiced it much. We wanted to run through him as he caught it. Turk got caught in a bad situation. The call was right and I didn't argue it."

James came in shooting just 63 percent from the line, but he stepped up and knocked down all three attempts.

Orlando had a chance to win it, but Rashard Lewis' 15-foot jumper was short just before the horn.

James dropped a jumper with 13 seconds left in the extra session to put the Cavs ahead 116-115.

The Magic then appeared to catch a break when Sasha Pavlovic was called for a foul while trying to tie up Lewis with 6 seconds left following a scramble in front of Cleveland's bench. Orlando immediately went down low to Howard, and all Gooden could do was throw his arms around the Magic big man, who had six dunks.

Howard, who came in shooting just 63 percent from the line, knocked down both attempts and finished 13-of-16 from the line.

"That was (assistant coach) Brendan Malone's call on that play," Van Gundy said. "I said do you have anything and he said, 'Let's go to Dwight.' He said he's knocking down his foul shots, so let's go to him."

Notes

  • On Chamberlain's big night in 1968, he had 53 points, 32 rebounds and 14 assists. The 39-13-14 plateau has only been reached seven times, with Oscar Robertson doing it on five occasions.
  • Including their recent trip to China and a just-completed West Coast swing, the Cavs logged more than 23,000 miles, taken 13 flights, played 12 games and visited 11 cities in less than a month. The Magic also made the China trip.
  • Although James said he doesn't know Knicks guard Stephon Marbury, he's sure of one thing: "I couldn't have a guy like that on my team," he said. Marbury was fined more than $180,000 after he blew off Tuesday night's game against Phoenix, the latest episode between Marbury and New York coach Isiah Thomas.
  • Cavs F Donyell Marshall missed his seventh straight game with a sprained right wrist.
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LeBron's feeling it Wednesday with a monster game: 39 points, 14 assists and 13 boards.  (Getty Images)
LeBron's feeling it Wednesday with a monster game: 39 points, 14 assists and 13 boards. (Getty Images)

Scoreboard
Orlando (7-2) «282726279117
Cleveland (4-5) 292723298116
ORL:D. Howard 35 Pts
ORL:D. Howard 16 Reb
ORL:J. Nelson 11 Ast
CLE:L. James 39 Pts
CLE:L. James 13 Reb
CLE:L. James 14 Ast
Players of the Game
ClevelandOrlando

L. James

D. Howard
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
39131435162
Orlando
D. Howard, C4911-1713-16162335
R. Lewis, SF447-183-442520
K. Bogans, SG444-80-251311
H. Turkoglu, SF435-151-245413
J. Nelson, PG358-173-3711221
C. Arroyo, PG184-62-233110
K. Dooling, PG161-42-21415
T. Ariza, SF120-00-02120
A. Foyle, C41-10-00102
T. Battie, PFDid Not Play
B. Outlaw, PFDid Not Play
P. Garrity, SFDid Not Play
M. Gortat, PFDid Not Play
J. Augustine, PFDid Not Play
J. Redick, SGDid Not Play
Totals 41-8624-31423021117
 47.7%77.4% 
Cleveland
L. James, SF4715-277-91314139
D. Gooden, PF427-169-10121523
D. Gibson, PG415-52-222416
Z. Ilgauskas, C369-170-0110618
L. Hughes, SG302-120-04114
D. Brown, SG242-61-13425
S. Pavlovic, SG224-100-03248
D. Jones, PG111-50-02103
D. Jones, PF100-10-00020
D. Marshall, PFDid Not Play
E. Snow, PGDid Not Play
I. Newble, SFDid Not Play
S. Brown, PGDid Not Play
C. Simmons, SFDid Not Play
D. Nichols, SFDid Not Play
Totals 45-9919-22502525116
 45.5%86.4% 
Other Games
Char 109 Final
Atl 117
Ind 90 Final
Wash 103
Utah 92 Final
Tor 88
NJ 69 Final
Bos 91
Sea 104 Final
Mia 95
Phi 76 Final
NO 95
Mem 99 Final
Mil 102
Sac 103 Final
Min 108
Port 93 Final
Den 110
LAL 93 Final
Hou 90
Det 111 Final
GS 104
NY 81 Final
LAC 84