Final / OT

Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 4)

Series starts 11/13

Game 1: Sunday, November 13th
Cavaliers108Final
OT
Magic100
Game 2: Friday, November 18th
Magic84Final
Cavaliers102
Game 3: Tuesday, February 21st
Magic92Final
Cavaliers105
Game 4: Friday, March 10th
Cavaliers73Final
Magic102

Cavaliers 108

(5-2, 2-2 away)

Magic 100

(2-4, 0-3 home)

6:00 PM ET, November 13, 2005

Amway Arena, Orlando, FL

1 2 3 4 OT T
CLE 20 28 23 17 20108
ORL 18 13 32 25 12100

Top Performers

Cleveland: L. Hughes 22 Pts, 9 Reb, 7 Ast, 4 Stl, 1 Blk

Orlando: D. Howard 21 Pts, 16 Reb, 3 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

James becomes youngest to reach 4,000 career points

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- LeBron James made history. Donyell Marshall helped make sure it came in a victory.

James became the youngest player in NBA history to reach 4,000 career points and finished with 26 to help the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Orlando Magic 108-100 in overtime on Sunday night.

"Unbelievable," Cleveland coach Mike Brown said. "That kid is a talent. It couldn't happen to a better person. He's a great person, great leader and I enjoy being around him. To be around him when it happened is a tremendous feeling."

James (20 years, 318 days) entered the game needing 10 points to pass Kobe Bryant (21 years, 216 days). After scoring on a jumper, two driving layups and a dunk, James reached the milestone on a 21-footer with 58.7 seconds left in the first quarter.

"I don't let individual statistics make me unfocused or more focused," James said. "I just came out and tried to attack early and get us a big lead. We were able to take it into overtime and get a win."

Marshall sent the game into overtime, making a 3-pointer with 18.1 seconds left. Steve Francis missed a potential game-winning 18-footer at the buzzer.

"It's devastating ... it's a heartbreaker," Orlando's DeShawn Stevenson said of Marshall's shot. "Donyell's a good shooter. You have got to give him credit."

Larry Hughes had 22 points for Cleveland, which has won four straight. The three previous wins came by an average of 19 points.

"We needed a game like this," Marshall said. "We needed a game to show what we can do and start learning how to think at the end of the game. It was a good test for us."

Francis led Orlando with 22 points and Dwight Howard had 21 points and 16 rebounds.

Zydrunas Ilgauskas, who had 20 points, scored two baskets and Hughes hit a jumper as the Cavaliers jumped out to a 94-88 lead in overtime and never trailed after that.

"We had different guys step up down the stretch and we found a way to win," Brown said. "We're still in the learning process and still have a long way to go."

After the Magic fell behind 48-31 at the half, Pat Garrity's 3 and a basket by Howard pulled them even at 84 with 1:46 left. Francis then gave Orlando an 86-84 advantage on two free throws with just over a minute to go.

"The first half, they took our hearts," Howard said. "We just came back and got our hearts back. We fought so hard to get back into the game. Marshall hit the shot at the end of the game ... we were supposed to get that win."

After Hughes made one of two free throws to cut the Cavaliers' deficit to 86-85, Francis made two more free throws extending the Magic lead to three at 88-85 with 18.1 seconds to play.

"We're trying to become one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference, if not the whole league," James said. "We're a confident team. We had confidence we were going to win the game."

Game notes


Francis was in the starting lineup after missing Friday's practice because of vertigo. He did practice on Saturday. ... James missed his first free-throw attempt with 5:04 left in the second, ending a stretch where he had made 24 in a row. He finished 7-of-11 from the line. ... Magic guard Keyon Dooling played for the first time this season after missing the first five games with an injured right heel. He scored two points in nine minutes.

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