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Instant Reaction: Cleveland Cavaliers 87, Orlando Magic 81

Final Outcome

Well through four quarters, the Cavs offense was nonexistent, and neither was the Magic’s. This was an ugly game all-around, but a win is a win, especially when it’s against a team you should be beating anyway. The Cavs trailed 79-72 with 13 seconds left, but the Cavs got a couple huge buckets down the stretch from Dion, including the game-tying bucket to force overtime that tied the game at 79. Then in overtime, Anderson Varejao turned it on, gathering six points and three boards to help the Cavs beat the Magic 87-81 and snap a six-game losing streak.

Key Play to the Game

Dion’s game-tying ISO-WAITERS bucket, against Arron Afflalo, was a great play for the young gun. Calling his number against a solid defensive player and converting is a huge step for him.

Wine & Gold MVP

Shoutout to Andy for tying the franchise record with 25 rebounds, but he was mostly useless outside of crashing the glass on a terrible rebounding team before turning it on offensively in OT. However, once there, Varejao grabbed three big boards and had six points in the extra period, and was automatic from the elbow as always. He got killed at times on defense by Big Baby Davis, but he capitalized on a missing Nikola Vucevic by destroying the boards against Orlando.

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Coach Brown Breakdown:

The deck was stacked against Brown tonight. Starting Jarrett Jack, minus Kyrie Irving, there wasn’t really much the coaching staff could do but just let the guys play. I would have liked to have seen a little more offense centered around generating looks for the posts against Jason Maxiell and Big Baby, but the Cavs are always going to be a team that takes way too many mid-range jumpers when Kyrie isn’t on the floor, and Brown could only do damage control, which he did an alright job of. The defense was decent (mostly because Orlando’s offense is useless), but there really wasn’t much Brown could do about the offense or his rotation.

Up Next:

A road trip to Barclays, where the Cavs will face a team that’s had an infinitely more depressing season than they have in the 10-21 Nets. They trail OKC 59-44 at the half, so maybe this is another winnable game for Cleveland.

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