Regular Season Series (Game 3 of 4)

Series starts 11/14

Game 1: Wednesday, November 14th
Game 2: Monday, February 11th
Game 3: Monday, March 17th
Game 4: Saturday, April 5th

Cavaliers 90

(38-30, 16-20 away)

Magic 104

(45-24, 22-12 home)

    Coverage: NBATV

    7:00 PM ET, March 17, 2008

    Amway Arena, Orlando, FL

    1 2 3 4 T
    CLE 23 22 27 1890
    ORL 20 20 33 31104

    Top Performers

    Cle: L. James 30 Pts, 9 Reb, 6 Ast, 1 Blk

    Orl: D. Howard 23 Pts, 13 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl, 2 Blk

    Magic struggle from field, but have enough to get by LeBron, Cavs

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- The Orlando Magic found their shooting touch -- beyond 23 feet.

    Rashard Lewis made three of five 3-pointers in scoring 21 points, Dwight Howard had 23 points and 13 rebounds and the Orlando Magic beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 104-90 Monday night.

    Elias Says

    Orlando was 14-for-32 from 3-point range in its win over Cleveland Monday night. It was the sixth time this season that the Magic made that many 3s in a game. Golden State (seven) is the only team with more such games than the Magic this season.

    • Read more Elias Says

    Orlando shot better from 3-point range (43.8 percent) than it did overall (39.5 percent). The Magic won despite getting outscored 22-3 on fastbreak points and 46-34 in the paint.

    "The main focus is to get the ball inside to Dwight," Lewis said. "Obviously he demands so much attention and they can't guard him 1-on-1. They try to clog the paint and they leave us wide open out on the wing, so we take what they give us."

    LeBron James had 30 points, nine rebounds and six assists for Cleveland. Delonte West had 16 points and Sasha Pavlovic added 14.

    Cleveland must have known it wasn't their night when Jameer Nelson, who was 2-for-12 from the field, sank Orlando's 14th 3-pointer on its 32nd attempt. It rimmed out, then bounced off the backboard and in with 2:30 left.

    "They made shots that they didn't make in the first half," James said. "They are a team that shoots the ball very well. They hit a lot of 3-pointers, and when they do that it is tough to come back. We just never recovered from that."

    Hedo Turkoglu had 18 points and seven rebounds and Maurice Evans had 10 points for Orlando. Nelson had seven assists but only six points.

    Cleveland led 45-40 at halftime, and by as many as 10 in the third quarter before Orlando made a run. Evans, Turkoglu and Lewis each hit consecutive 3-pointers and Nelson capped it with a 3-point play to give the Magic a 73-72 lead at the end of the third quarter.

    "We had to change our coverage and they still hit a couple on us," Cleveland coach Mike Brown said.

    James nearly kept Cleveland in the game by himself in the fourth, scoring seven of its first nine points. Four of them were on seemingly effortless dunks.

    But the Cavaliers went more than four minutes without a bucket, missing three straight free throws (one from James and two from Zydrunas Ilgauskas).

    Turkoglu sealed the win with a 3-pointer to put the Magic ahead 89-81 with 5:35 left.

    Game notes

    Orlando leads the season series 2-1. The teams play again April 5 in Cleveland. ... Tiger Woods watched from courtside, a day after winning the Arnold Palmer Invitational at nearby Bay Hill. ... Orlando F Pat Garrity made an unusual first half appearance after both Lewis and Brian Cook got into early foul trouble. Garrity scored five points in 17:40.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 90 104
    FGM-FGA 35-80 (.438) 34-86 (.395)
    3PM-3PA 6-19 (.316) 14-32 (.438)
    FTM-FTA 14-22 (.636) 22-28 (.786)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 10-21 17-26
    Assists 17 21
    Turnovers 15 10
    Steals 3 3
    Blocks 5 4
    Fast Break Points 22 3
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 22 (0/0) 16 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 10 14

    Top Performers

    LeBron James James
    Points: 30
    Reb: 9
    Ast: 6
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 1
    Dwight Howard Howard
    Points: 23
    Reb: 13
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 2