Cavaliers' 104-103 win over Orlando anything but magical

LeBron James

Despite snapping their four-game losing streak on Thursday, LeBron James still feels that the Cleveland Cavaliers are still struggling.

James scored 16 points and had six assists and five rebounds in the win.

After a video replay to determine who hit the ball out of bounds, referees ruled there was an inadvertent whistle, setting up a jump ball with 0.2 seconds left.

There are an array of ways this next three weeks could go for the Wine and Gold, and the return of last season's Isaiah Thomas, the one that averaged over 25 points per game, is at the top of the list.

The Cavs finished with 24 second-chance points.

Cleveland took an 84-80 lead into the fourth following hoops by Derrick Rose and Jeff Green on its last two possessions of the third before almost losing down the stretch.

Speaking of the Cavs, they were up 63-40 in the second quarter to the worst team in the league, but for the second time in three games they blew a lead of 20 points or more.

LeBron James threw a behind-the-back-pass that went through a defender's legs to get to Dwyane Wade. Evan Fournier and Gordon added 17 apiece for the Magic, who outscored Cleveland 56-37 in the second half but also missed 17 of 22 3-point attempts. He is 25 points away from becoming the seventh player in National Basketball Association history to reach 30,000 career points.

Kevin Love contributed 12 points and 11 rebounds but shot 3-of-10.

The Magic declined to take a timeout, and Elfrid Payton drove into the lane and missed the shot.

The Magic have lost 28 of 33 games.

Cleveland was 1-of-17 from 3-point range in the second half.

And they did it against a now 13-32 Orlando team that was without starting center Nikola Vucevic (fractured hand) and key reserve Arron Afflalo (suspended).

James' most brilliant act came in the first quarter.

Love, taking a page out of former teammate Kyrie Irving's playbook (and Kobe Bryant's before Irving), returned to the court at Quicken Loans Arena shortly after the final buzzer to get up more shots, working up a full lather after he had already logged 31 minutes in the game. Crowder was 4-of-5 from the field for 10 points. That's a risky tendency against most teams, and against the Cavaliers, it's foolhardy.

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