Regular Season Series (Game 4 of 4)

Series starts 11/13

Game 1: Sunday, November 13th
Game 2: Friday, November 18th
Game 3: Tuesday, February 21st
Game 4: Friday, March 10th

Cavaliers 73

(36-27, 14-17 away)

Magic 102

(21-40, 15-14 home)

Coverage: FSOH

7:00 PM ET, March 10, 2006

Amway Arena, Orlando, FL

1 2 3 4 T
CLE 28 16 16 1373
ORL 21 32 23 26102

Top Performers

Cle: L. James 25 Pts, 7 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

Orl: C. Arroyo 17 Pts, 3 Reb, 7 Ast, 1 Stl

Struggling Magic rout Cavaliers by 29

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- The Orlando Magic did not need a superstar Friday night.

Carlos Arroyo had 17 points and seven assists, leading a 67-point effort by Orlando's reserves in a 102-73 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

It was the struggling Magic's largest margin of victory this season.

Tony Battie was the only Orlando starter in double figures with 13 points and 13 rebounds, but four players -- Arroyo, Darko Milicic (11 points), Keyon Dooling (13) and little-used Bo Outlaw (12) hit the mark off the bench.

"That's our job -- to come in the game, bring energy and change the tempo of the game," Arroyo said.

The win snapped a six-game losing streak for Orlando, which had previously lost 18 of its last 20, and a four-game winning streak for the Cavaliers.

LeBron James, who missed Cleveland's shootaround and was questionable with flu-like symptoms, had 25 points and seven rebounds. Zydrunas Ilgauskas and Flip Murray each scored 13 for Cleveland, while Drew Gooden added nine points and 12 rebounds.

"We didn't come with the mind-set to win a basketball game, and that's what happens," James said. "Carlos Arroyo got in between our defense and made plays. They did an excellent job of getting good shots. They ran off our turnovers, they executed off our mistakes."

The Magic led 76-60 at the beginning of the fourth quarter and never let Cleveland get much closer -- despite playing mostly reserves down the stretch.

"With the number of games we have left to go, the one thing we refuse to let happen is we're not going to come out and go through the motions," Magic coach Brian Hill said. "It doesn't matter who's out there playing as far as I'm concerned. We're just going to play the people who play the hardest."

Arroyo's 3-pointer with 3:07 left, followed by an acrobatic fast-break layup from Dwight Howard, put Orlando ahead 96-70. James didn't play the last half of the fourth quarter.

The Magic shot 57 percent from the field, compared with just 34 percent for the Cavaliers.

"We got our butts beat. Simple as that," Cleveland coach Mike Brown said. "They played a heck of a ballgame."

After falling behind 28-21, the Magic found their stroke in the second quarter. Orlando's reserves -- led by Milicic and Arroyo -- opened the period with a 22-5 run to take a 53-41 lead at halftime. Orlando scored 32 points on a franchise-record 16-of-19 (84 percent) from the field, beating a previous high of 83 percent in a quarter set in 1994.

Game notes

The Magic honored former player Nick Anderson with a video tribute and the unveiling of a permanent arena banner. Anderson, Orlando's first draft pick, holds the franchise record with 10,650 points. ... Grant Hill started, but played only 7:38 because of lower abdominal pain. He scored two points on 1-for-6 shooting. ... Cleveland had 15 offensive rebounds, compared with 11 for Orlando.

Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


Team Stat Comparison

Points 73 102
FGM-FGA 27-79 (.342) 42-73 (.575)
3PM-3PA 3-12 (.250) 3-5 (.600)
FTM-FTA 16-24 (.667) 15-20 (.750)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 15-36 11-44
Assists 11 22
Turnovers 16 12
Steals 9 8
Blocks 3 5
Fast Break Points 8 10
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 17 (1/0) 20 (3/1)
Largest Lead 10 31

Top Performers

LeBron James James
Points: 25
Reb: 7
Ast: 2
Stl: 2
Blk: 1
Carlos Arroyo Arroyo
Points: 17
Reb: 3
Ast: 7
Stl: 1
Blk: 0