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Cleveland at Orlando

Howard, Magic prove too tough for LeBron and Co.

CBSSports.com wire reports
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ORLANDO, Fla. -- The Orlando Magic found their shooting touch - beyond 23 feet.

Rashard Lewis made three of five 3-pointers in scoring 21 points, Dwight Howard had 23 points and 13 rebounds and the Orlando Magic beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 104-90 Monday night.

Orlando shot better from 3-point range (43.8 percent) than it did overall (39.5 percent). The Magic won despite getting outscored 22-3 on fastbreak points and 46-34 in the paint.

"The main focus is to get the ball inside to Dwight," Lewis said. "Obviously he demands so much attention and they can't guard him 1-on-1. They try to clog the paint and they leave us wide open out on the wing, so we take what they give us."

LeBron James had 30 points, nine rebounds and six assists for Cleveland. Delonte West had 16 points and Sasha Pavlovic added 14.

Cleveland must have known it wasn't their night when Jameer Nelson, who was 2-for-12 from the field, sank Orlando's 14th 3-pointer on its 32nd attempt. It rimmed out, then bounced off the backboard and in with 2:30 left.

"They made shots that they didn't make in the first half," James said. They are a team that shoots the ball very well. They hit a lot of 3-pointers, and when they do that it is tough to come back. We just never recovered from that."

Hedo Turkoglu had 18 points and seven rebounds and Maurice Evans had 10 points for Orlando. Nelson had seven assists but only six points.

Cleveland led 45-40 at halftime, and by as many as 10 in the third quarter before Orlando made a run. Evans, Turkoglu and Lewis each hit consecutive 3-pointers and Nelson capped it with a 3-point play to give the Magic a 73-72 lead at the end of the third quarter.

"We had to change our coverage and they still hit a couple on us," Cleveland coach Mike Brown said.

James nearly kept Cleveland in the game by himself in the fourth, scoring seven of its first nine points. Four of them were on seemingly effortless dunks.

But the Cavaliers went more than four minutes without a bucket, missing three straight free throws (one from James and two from Zydrunas Ilgauskas).

Turkoglu sealed the win with a 3-pointer to put the Magic ahead 89-81 with 5:35 left.

Notes

  • Orlando leads the season series 2-1. The teams play again April 5 in Cleveland.
  • Tiger Woods watched from courtside, a day after winning the Arnold Palmer Invitational at nearby Bay Hill.
  • Orlando F Pat Garrity made an unusual first half appearance after both Lewis and Brian Cook got into early foul trouble. Garrity scored five points in 17:40.
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Dwight Howard can't hold down LeBron (30 points, nine rebounds, six dimes) but his Magic still get the W.  (AP)
Dwight Howard can't hold down LeBron (30 points, nine rebounds, six dimes) but his Magic still get the W. (AP)

Scoreboard
Cleveland (38-30) 2322271890
Orlando (45-24) «20203331104
CLE:L. James 30 Pts
CLE:L. James 9 Reb
CLE:L. James 6 Ast
ORL:D. Howard 23 Pts
ORL:D. Howard 13 Reb
ORL:J. Nelson 7 Ast
Players of the Game
OrlandoCleveland

D. Howard

L. James
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
231323096
Cleveland
L. James, SF4211-227-1196130
S. Pavlovic, SG326-111-252214
Z. Ilgauskas, C302-100-27354
D. West, SG305-125-563316
B. Wallace, C231-10-04032
D. Jones, PG212-60-01206
J. Smith, PF203-61-24037
A. Varejao, C201-10-03052
D. Brown, SG163-60-03107
W. Szczerbiak, SF61-40-02002
E. Snow, PGDid Not Play
D. Jones, PFDid Not Play
D. Gibson, PGDid Not Play
L. Allred, CDid Not Play
Totals 35-8014-2244172290
 43.8%63.6% 
Orlando
H. Turkoglu, SF415-165-675218
D. Howard, C416-1411-15132323
J. Nelson, PG332-121-12706
R. Lewis, SF317-114-462321
M. Evans, SF244-50-020110
K. Bogans, SG242-80-01206
P. Garrity, SF182-30-03015
K. Dooling, PG163-81-20238
A. Foyle, C71-20-03002
B. Cook, PF72-70-03135
T. Battie, PFDid Not Play
C. Arroyo, PGDid Not Play
M. Gortat, PFDid Not Play
J. Augustine, PFDid Not Play
J. Redick, SGDid Not Play
Totals 34-8622-28402116104
 39.5%78.6% 
Other Games
NY 98 Final
Ind 110
Atl 105 Final
Wash 96
Chi 97 Final
NO 108
LAC 90 Final
Min 99
Char 80 Final
Mem 98
Bos 93 Final
SA 91
Tor 79 Final
Utah 96