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Cleveland Cavaliers (4-2) @ Orlando Magic (2-3)

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TIME: 3:00 pm PT, 6:00 pm ET
TV: NBALP, WUAB
Radio: WTAM 1100
Location: TD WaterHouse Centre, Orlando, Florida

After getting revenge against the Grizzlies, the Cavaliers hit the road to face the Magic on their homecourt. The Cavaliers are looking better each game, becoming more comfortable on defense and looking better offensively. Coach Brown’s defense will be tested by the slashing Francis, who should attract a lot of attention. Dwight Howard is a beast on the boards and the two-headed monster of Gooden/Marshall need to be up to task.
 

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I really hope that the Cavs win this one. If they play D like last game they will win. They havent really played great on the road yet and I think this is the game where they turn it around and have an outstanding road game on both sides of the ball.
 

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NBA | Cleveland Cavaliers/Orlando Magic Preview | Sunday, November 13, 2005


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Cleveland (4-2) at Orlando (2-3)

Game Info: 6:00 pm EST Sun Nov 13, 2005
TV: WUAB, SUNS

On the verge of achieving an impressive feat on offense, LeBron James may be more focused on his Cleveland Cavaliers maintaining their solid play defensively going into a matchup with the Orlando Magic.

James needs 10 points in this contest -- he's been held below double digits once in his last 115 games -- to become the youngest player in NBA history to reach 4,000.
The third-year superstar, who turns 21 on Dec. 30, would break the mark set by Kobe Bryant, who was 21 years, 216 days old when he hit 4,000.

Of greater importance to James will be seeing the Cavaliers come up with another strong defensive effort. Their opponent's point total has gone down in three straight games, and they've won them all to bounce back from a 1-2 start.

"We are just making things happen defensively and it's great to see," James said after Cleveland held Memphis to a season low in points in an 89-70 win on Friday.

The Cavs have held the opposition to a combined 38.6 percent from the field in the last two games, easy victories over Seattle and Memphis.

"Ever since coach (Mike) Brown has come in, we have been trying to buy into his system and working on getting better with our defense every day," center Zydrunas Ilgauskas said. "We still have a way to go but there has been a lot of teaching and we are still improving."

Cleveland has been dominant on the boards during the three-game win streak, outrebounding opponents by a 152-80 margin.

The Cavs could be set up for another solid game defensively facing Orlando, which averages a league-low 81.2 points.

The Magic, though, posted their highest point total of the season in their most recent game, an 88-83 win over New Orleans on Wednesday. Orlando finished with a 43-33 rebounding edge.

"This was a character game for us," Magic coach Brian Hill said. "This showed exactly what type of character these guys have."

Steve Francis had 24 points, including seven in the final 2:01, after scoring a season-high 27 in Tuesday's 76-74 victory at Houston. Those two wins followed an 0-3 start for Orlando.

These teams will also meet Friday in Cleveland.

STANDINGS (through Nov. 12): Cavaliers - 3rd place (tied), 2 GB, Central Division. Magic - 3rd place, 2 1/2 GB, Southeast Division.

PROBABLE STARTERS: Cavaliers - F James, F Drew Gooden, C Ilgauskas, G Eric Snow, G Larry Hughes. Magic - F Hedo Turkoglu, F Dwight Howard, C Tony Battie, G DeShawn Stevenson, G Francis.

TEAM LEADERS: Cavaliers - James, 26.8 ppg; Ilgauskas, 9.3 rpg; Snow, 4 apg. Magic - Francis, 20.8 ppg and 5.8 apg; Howard, 9.2 rpg.

2004-05 SEASON SERIES: Cavaliers, 3-1.

LAST MEETING: April 11; Cavaliers, 114-106. At Orlando, Fla., James played all 48 minutes, finishing with 33 points, seven rebounds, six assists and five steals.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Cavaliers - 1-2 on the road. Magic - 0-2 at home.
 

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Re: NBA | Cleveland Cavaliers/Orlando Magic Preview | Sunday, November 13, 2005

Both baskets thus far were jumpers (Drew and LeBron).
 

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Re: NBA | Cleveland Cavaliers/Orlando Magic Preview | Sunday, November 13, 2005

Gooden seems active. He'll need to have a good game. Dwight Howard seems active already and it's always great to see him play (lively legs, KG-like in how he gobbles up rebounds). The Magic call time out.
 

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Man I love when Drew Gooden is in there rebounding. His hands just seem glued to the ball when it comes off the glass. Tenacious rebounder when he's got it going.

And how about that pass by Hughes? It's so great having a second player who can score and create for others out there with Lebron. You can't double both of them.

And those open shots that Snow missed, will be 3's when Jones comes in.
 

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Cleveland going semi-small right now (Ilgauskas is out of the game, Marshall in). Gooden and Marshall are playing together again.
 

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Hughes forced baseline (again) but makes a nice pass despite that. Good to see.
 

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^ Yeah, that jumper is how James reached the mark.

Strange quarter. Hard to get a feel of it.
 

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Nice defense by Luke to take time off the clock for Orlando's last possession.

At the end of 1, Cleveland leads 20-18.
 

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Both teams are trading points. Early in the 2nd quarter, the game appears sloppy. The Magic seem to have a little more energy right now.
 
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Mike Browns subs to deep to early. We all know that the 2nd unit will be there at 6:00, but why tonight after the first unit was doing soo good 12-6... then we sub and let them back in it.

Also getting Luke and Henderson in the game in the 1st quarter we are subing to deep to early. Lebron and Hughes need to be on the floor, along with gooden he is our energy guy.
 

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LeBron is back in the game. Gooden continuing to play well. The substitution pattern was a little strange. Maybe Brown just wants to continue giving the bench live game experience (opposed to strictly garbage minutes).
 
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This is true, but i hope when we play teams like the Pistons and Pacers, we arent seeing Luke and Henderson unless there is foul trouble. Drew Gooden is a beast out there. And DJ needs to be on the floor with Hughes/Bron... he was out there with Luke-Snow-DJ... he wont do anything with that back court out there
 

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^ I totally agree with you. In more serious games, experimentation needs to stop.

On a side note, Cleveland is starting to look better this quarter and is extending the lead.
 

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Solid defense and Magic turnovers are helping the Cavaliers. And there have been some nice defensive plays to boot. So far, so good.
 

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Cleveland leads 48-31 at the end of the first half.
 

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Only 31 points at half, I bet Coach Brown likes that. Lets hope they keep up the intensity. Hughes is having a great game. Marshall again comes off the bench and plays well. They are looking good.
 
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