NBA Playoffs: Magic 99, Cavaliers 89: Orlando leads series 2-1
ORLANDO, Fla. ó LeBron James had no shot.
Dwight Howard scored 24 points ó 14 on free throws ó and Rafer Alston added 18 as the Orlando Magic, sick of seeing replays of James’ dramatic Game 2 buzzer-beater, downed the Cleveland Cavaliers 99-89 on Sunday night to take a 2-1 lead in an Eastern Conference finals getting nastier by the minute.
James scored 41 on just 11-of-26 shooting and missed five free throws in the fourth quarter. But once again, Cleveland’s superstar didn’t get enough help from his teammates. Mo Williams, who needed four stitches to close two gashes around his left eye after being elbowed in the first half, Delonte West and Zydrunas Ilgauskas shot a combined 13-of-37
Game 4 is Tuesday night.