ORLANDO (AP) -- LeBron James shook off an offensive foul late in
regulation and took over in overtime.
The 19-year-old rookie scored six of his 30 points and had a
pivotal rebound in overtime, played with the poise of a veteran in
leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 112-107 victory Friday night
over the Orlando Magic.
The standout performance came after Cleveland blew an 18-point
fourth-quarter lead and James committed an offensive foul while
trying to take the ball to the basket on the Cavaliers' final
possession of regulation.
"This guy is no young rookie, he's already a legitimate star in
this league," said Magic forward Keith Bogans, who had the
defensive assignment on James for much of the fourth quarter and
"We take a charge on him at the end of regulation and there
isn't the first sign of him being timid when overtime starts. He
comes right back out and starts dominating again," Bogans said.
James had it going early as well as late.
He scored 19 points in the first half when Cleveland led 53-44,
then let Zydrunas Ilgauskas take over in the second half against
the Magic's weak interior defense.
"LeBron is incredible, really," said Tracy McGrady, who led
Orlando with 35 points. "Nothing rattles him at all. He's
extremely confident and a real competitor. At the age of 19, that's
Ilgauskas scored 10 straight Cavaliers points during one stretch
as the visitors pulled away to a 78-60 lead in the third period.
Ilgauskas finished with 28 points.
"The first half was about me, then 'Z' took over in the second
half and that's what a team is all about," James said. "They
wanted me to be the leader (in overtime) so I closed the game out
for them. It was a complete team effort."
The Cavs led 90-72 with 8:44 left after a 3-pointer by Jason
Kapono, but the Magic fought back from there. They went on a 18-4
run, fueled by a defense that forced five turnovers and created
numerous fast-break opportunities.
McGrady scored seven points off those turnovers, including a
three-point play that made it 94-90 with 3:31 to go. McInnis hit a
short jumper to make it 96-93 with 3:01 to play, and neither team
scored again until Boozer's follow shot with 30 seconds to play
made it 98-93.
With Cleveland ahead 100-97, Boozer fouled McGrady as the Magic
guard attempted a game-tying 3-pointer with 9.3 seconds left.
McGrady made all three free throws to tie the game.
McGrady hit only one of six shots in the extra period. He
finished 11-of-32, including 3-of-12 from 3-point territory.
"LeBron plays like he's been around a long time and he just
walked in the door," Magic coach Johnny Davis said. "I was very
impressed with the poise he showed in overtime."
McInnis has 29 assists and three turnovers in his last
three games. ... Magic guard Keith Bogans had a season-high four
steals. . Eric Williams is just 4-for-32 from the field in his last