Final / OT

Regular Season Series (Game 3 of 3)

Series starts 12/25

Game 1: Thursday, December 25th
Game 2: Monday, January 26th
Game 3: Friday, February 27th

Cavaliers 112

(24-35, 8-22 away)

Magic 107

(16-44, 8-21 home)

    Coverage: FSOH

    7:00 PM ET, February 27, 2004

    Amway Arena, Orlando, FL

    1 2 3 4 OT T
    CLE 30 23 27 20 12112
    ORL 25 19 22 34 7107

    Top Performers

    Cle: L. James 30 Pts, 11 Reb, 3 Ast, 3 Stl, 1 Blk

    Orl: T. McGrady 35 Pts, 4 Reb, 8 Ast, 3 Stl

    James, Boozer notch double-doubles

    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 overtime.

    "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.

    Carlos Boozer added 17 points and 16 rebounds, and Jeff McInnis had 16 points and 10 assists.

    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 scary."

    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."

    Game notes

    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 five games.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 112 107
    FGM-FGA 40-83 (.482) 42-91 (.462)
    3PM-3PA 3-7 (.429) 3-15 (.200)
    FTM-FTA 29-36 (.806) 20-26 (.769)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 15-50 11-39
    Assists 22 20
    Turnovers 21 16
    Steals 9 12
    Blocks 6 1
    Fast Break Points 5 6
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 21 (1/0) 29 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    LeBron James James
    Points: 30
    Reb: 11
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 1
    Tracy McGrady McGrady
    Points: 35
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 8
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 0