And with that, the Cleveland Cavaliers have done what seemed unthinkable just a few weeks ago. In the last week, the Cavaliers – who at one point in the season were struggling for one win – have won three games in a row.
After back-to-back wins at home, Cleveland took the road and came from behind for a 109-100 over the Orlando Magic. It was also a rare road win for the Cavs, who earned just their second victory away from Quicken Loans Arena of the season.
The Magic led for the majority of the game, but the momentum began to shift with just over five and a half minutes left in the third quarter on a Kyrie Irving three-point play. Cleveland outscored Orlando 36-24 in the fourth quarter to complete the comeback and get the win.
Irving led his team in scoring with 31 points and five assists. It was the second-straight game of 30 or more points for the point guard who may be rounding into form.
Dion Waiters came off the Cavaliers' bench to add 21 points, five rebounds, and four assists, including a stretch where he scored 16 straight.
C.J. Miles and Anderson Varejao each scored 10 points, but were the only other Cleveland players to score in double figures. Varejao also had a game-high 14 rebounds. Alonzo Gee was shutout once again this season, shooting 0-for-1 on the night with no assists and no rebounds in just over 11 minutes as a starter.
Victor Oladipo tied a career-high with 26 points. The rookie, who already has a triple-double on his resume this season, also had five rebounds and four assists.
Jameer Nelson and Aaron Afflalo each scored 17 points for the Magic, who had five players in double digits.
The Cavaliers did themselves a service by only turning the ball over twice in the second half. They were efficient, shooting 48.3% and 38.1% from three-point range.
Varejao left the game with a right knee injury in the first half and was injured again late in the game after a hard foul from Andrew Nicholson. After an easy breakaway score, Nicholson shoved the big man to the ground out of apparent frustration. Varejao limped off the court and Nicholson was charged with a flagrant two foul and was ejected.
The Cavs' road to four win in a row gets much tougher on Saturday as they travel through Florida to take on the Miami Heat.
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