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Friday, November 18, 2005

Magic Lose to Cavs 84-102

From Sportsline.com:

Orlando came in as the NBA's stingiest defensive team, but the Cavs beat the Magic for the second time in a week, surpassing the 100-point plateau against Orlando for the second time. The Magic have held their other six opponents under 100.

"I've never played with so much talent," said Ilgauskas, who has been with the Cavs since 1996. "You can afford to have a bad quarter or half. In the past, if you had a bad stretch, you were basically done."

Steve Francis had 21 points and Dwight Howard added 10 points and 15 rebounds for Orlando, which was outrebounded 54-40. The Cavaliers dominated at their end, finishing with 25 offensive rebounds - eight by Ilgauskas.

"Ilgauskas had seven in the first quarter alone," Magic coach Brian Hill said. "I'm not sure I've ever been involved in a game where the other team had 25 offensive rebounds."

Ilgauskas, who had 11 rebounds overall, and James spent most of the fourth quarter on the bench, getting rest for Saturday night's game at Philadelphia.

Leading by 14 at halftime, the Cavaliers opened their lead to 20 after three when James crowned the period by delivering a soaring one-handed dunk off a gorgeous alley-oop pass from Jackson. However, Ilgauskas started the play by stepping around to poke the ball away from Howard underneath.


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