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NBA   FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH   TOTAL
                       ---  ---  ---  ---   -----
      CLEVELAND        26   33   20   35    114  
      ORLANDO          32   22   22   30    106     FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   CLE - LEBRON JAMES 33, DREW GOODEN 27, ROBERT 
                      TRAYLOR 20
                ORL - STEVE FRANCIS 23, DWIGHT HOWARD 23, 
                      DESHAWN STEVENSON 21

HIGH REBOUND:   CLE - ANDERSON VAREJAO 8, DREW GOODEN 7, 
                      LEBRON JAMES 7
                ORL - DWIGHT HOWARD 10, BRANDON HUNTER 8, 
                      STEVE FRANCIS 6

HIGH ASSISTS:   CLE - JEFF MCINNIS 8, LEBRON JAMES 6, DREW 
                      GOODEN 4
                ORL - STEVE FRANCIS 7, JAMEER NELSON 7, 
                      DESHAWN STEVENSON 5

         ATT:   13,273

Box Score

CLEVELAND (114) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L James 48 12-23 8-10 1-7 6 4 33 D Gooden 42 11-23 5-6 4-7 4 4 27 R Traylor 31 9-13 2-5 3-4 1 5 20 I Newble 29 2-9 0-0 4-6 2 2 4 J McInnis 39 6-15 4-4 2-3 8 1 16 A Varejao 22 2-3 1-3 5-8 1 2 5 A Pavlovic 10 1-3 0-0 0-2 1 2 3 E Snow 19 1-2 4-4 0-0 2 2 6 L Harris DNP - COACH'S DECISION Z Ilgauskas DNP - COACH'S DECISION D Diop DNP - COACH'S DECISION J Welsch DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 44-91 24-32 19-37 25 22 114 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.484, FT-.750. 3-Point Goals: 2-13, .154 (L James 1-6, I Newble 0-2, J McInnis 0-3, A Pavlovic 1-2). Team Rebounds: 10. Blocked Shots:3 (R Traylor, D Gooden, L James). Turnovers:12 (J McInnis 3, D Gooden 3, I Newble 2, L James 2, E Snow, R Traylor). Steals: 9 (L James 5, A Varejao 2, J McInnis, I Newble). ORLANDO (106) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp D Stevenson 38 7-15 3-6 3-4 5 1 21 D Howard 39 10-14 3-4 3-10 1 3 23 K Cato 20 3-4 1-2 0-3 1 2 7 S Francis 44 8-13 6-10 3-6 7 3 23 J Nelson 41 7-14 2-3 3-5 7 6 17 M Kasun 3 1-2 0-0 1-1 0 3 2 S Augmon 3 0-1 2-4 0-0 0 0 2 A Barrett 6 0-1 0-0 1-1 1 0 0 T Battie 15 3-4 1-2 0-0 2 4 7 B Hunter 15 1-2 0-0 1-8 1 4 2 M Jones 11 1-2 0-0 0-2 1 2 2 P Garrity 5 0-2 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 41-74 18-31 15-41 26 28 106 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.554, FT-.581. 3-Point Goals: 6-18, .333 (D Stevenson 4-9, S Francis 1-3, J Nelson 1-4, P Garrity 0-2). Team Rebounds: 13. Blocked Shots:4 (D Howard 2, K Cato, J Nelson). Turnovers:22 (J Nelson 7, S Francis 5, B Hunter 3, D Stevenson 2, D Howard 2, S Augmon, K Cato, T Battie). Steals: 8 (J Nelson 3, K Cato, T Battie, M Jones, S Francis, D Stevenson). -------------------------------------------- CLEVELAND 26 33 20 35 - 114 ORLANDO 32 22 22 30 - 106 -------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Cleveland - 2 (Defensive Three, 2:45 2nd; A Varejao, 11:02 2nd). Orlando - 1 (K Cato, 6:09 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 13,273. T: 2:24. Officials: David Jones, Mike Callahan, Sean Corbin.


Extended Box

CLEVELAND (114) AT ORLANDO (106) CLEVELAND REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === L JAMES F 48 12-23 8-10 1 6 7 6 4 5 2 33 D GOODEN F 42 11-23 5-6 4 3 7 4 4 0 3 27 R TRAYLOR C 31 9-13 2-5 3 1 4 1 5 0 1 20 I NEWBLE G 29 2-9 0-0 4 2 6 2 2 1 2 4 J MCINNIS G 39 6-15 4-4 2 1 3 8 1 1 3 16 A VAREJAO 22 2-3 1-3 5 3 8 1 2 2 0 5 A PAVLOVIC 10 1-3 0-0 0 2 2 1 2 0 0 3 E SNOW 19 1-2 4-4 0 0 0 2 2 0 1 6 L HARRIS DNP - COACH'S DECISION Z ILGAUSKAS DNP - COACH'S DECISION D DIOP DNP - COACH'S DECISION J WELSCH DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 44-91 24-32 19 18 37 25 22 9 12 114 (.484) (.750) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 15 (30 PTS) ORLANDO REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === D STEVENSON F 38 7-15 3-6 3 1 4 5 1 1 2 21 D HOWARD F 39 10-14 3-4 3 7 10 1 3 0 2 23 K CATO C 20 3-4 1-2 0 3 3 1 2 1 1 7 S FRANCIS G 44 8-13 6-10 3 3 6 7 3 1 5 23 J NELSON G 41 7-14 2-3 3 2 5 7 6 3 7 17 M KASUN 3 1-2 0-0 1 0 1 0 3 0 0 2 S AUGMON 3 0-1 2-4 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 A BARRETT 6 0-1 0-0 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 T BATTIE 15 3-4 1-2 0 0 0 2 4 1 1 7 B HUNTER 15 1-2 0-0 1 7 8 1 4 0 3 2 M JONES 11 1-2 0-0 0 2 2 1 2 1 0 2 P GARRITY 5 0-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 TOTALS 240 41-74 18-31 15 26 41 26 28 8 22 106 (.554) (.581) TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 24 (33 PTS) CLEVELAND 26 33 20 35 - 114 ORLANDO 32 22 22 30 - 106 BLOCKED SHOTS: CLEVELAND - R TRAYLOR, D GOODEN, L JAMES. ORLANDO - D HOWARD 2, K CATO, J NELSON. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: CLEVELAND 2-13 (.154), L JAMES 1-6, I NEWBLE 0- 2, J MCINNIS 0-3, A PAVLOVIC 1-2. ORLANDO 6-18 (.333), D STEVENSON 4- 9, S FRANCIS 1-3, J NELSON 1-4, P GARRITY 0-2. TECHNICAL FOULS: CLEVELAND - DEFENSIVE THREE, A VAREJAO. ORLANDO - K CATO. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: DAVID JONES, MIKE CALLAHAN, SEAN CORBIN. A - 13,273. T - 2:24.


Game Story

ORLANDO, Florida (Ticker) -- LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers are trying to avoid making the same mistakes as the Orlando Magic. James scored 33 points and the Cavaliers crept into seventh place in the Eastern Conference with a 114-106 victory over the Magic, who have lost four in a row. "It's up to us if we want to go to the playoffs," James said. "We know teams are chasing us and we're still chasing other teams. The crazy thing about it is we're just two games out of the sixth spot, so we're not just satisfied with getting the eighth spot." Drew Gooden added 27 points for Cleveland (40-37), which won its second straight game without All-Star center Zydrunas Ilgauskas and pushed Orlando to the brink of elimination from postseason contention. There have been many parallels between the Cavaliers and Magic this season. Both teams got off to good starts, placed starters on the All-Star team and appeared to be headed for the playoffs after missing the postseason last year. Both teams also went into severe tailspins, made changes at point guard and fired their coaches as they stumbled to the finish line. The Magic were 31-27 on March 5 but have plummeted out of the playoff picture, going just 4-15 since while replacing coach Johnny Davis with Chris Jent. They almost certainly will miss the postseason for the second straight year. The Cavaliers were 31-21 on February 23 but lost 16 of their next 23 games to fall from fourth to eighth in the East, replacing coach Paul Silas with Brendan Malone. Cleveland replaced point guard Jeff McInnis with Eric Snow, then went back to McInnis as the starter last week. "I think the insertion of Jeff McInnis back into the starting lineup has really solidified the team," Malone said. "We're playing really solid basketball right now because of that." "Anytime you get a guy like Jeff back on the court, it's big," said Robert Traylor, who started for Ilgauksas and tied a career-high with 20 points. "He scores points. He runs the show. He does everything. It's big having him back on the court right now. Led by the 20-year-old James, Cleveland has won its last two games to move one-half game ahead of Philadelphia. The Cavaliers have not made the playoffs since 1998 and are trying to hold off hard-charging New Jersey, which is two games back. "I think the guys are determined to make it (the playoffs)," Malone said. "We have a great player in LeBron James who is really leading the charge." "We have five games left and we are still battling," Gooden said. "We are still trying to get into the playoffs and every game is important." Coming off a triple-double, James made 12-of-23 shots and added seven rebounds, six assists and five steals. He led an opportunistic effort that saw Cleveland score 27 second-chance points off 19 offensive rebounds and 33 points off 24 turnovers by Orlando. "We turned the ball over entirely too much and that hurt us," said Magic guard Steve Francis, who had 27 points and seven assists. "When you have turnovers, it deflates you," Jent said. "We had so many defensive stops and at the other end we turned the ball over. It's tough to come back after that. Jeff McInnis added 16 for the Cavaliers, who took the lead for good late in the third quarter and pulled away midway through the final period. After committing four straight turnovers that allowed the Magic to close to 88-86 with 7:36 remaining, the Cavs put together a 10-2 run to rebuild the lead to double digits. Orlando got no closer than seven points thereafter. Rookie Dwight Howard had 23 points and 10 rebounds and Deshawn Stevenson scored 21 points for the Magic, who led by as many as 12 points in the first half.


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