Cavaliers done in by Orlando’s 3-pointers

Associated Press


Orlando’s new players are fitting in just fine.

Gilbert Arenas scored 22 points, fellow newcomer Jason Richardson added 20, and the Magic made a season-high 19 3-pointers in a 110-95 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday night.

“We have shown that at any given moment that anybody can take the game over,” said Arenas, who was 5 of 9 on 3-pointers.

Orlando won its fourth straight by breaking open a close game in the fourth quarter with leading scorer Dwight Howard on the bench. Howard went out with his fourth foul late in the third period and didn’t play in the fourth as the Magic extended a one-point lead to 102-85 with 4:23 to play.

The Cavaliers lost for the 14th time in 15 games and are 1-13 in December. The 3-pointers allowed was their season high.

Howard wasn’t on the floor with the game on the line, but it didn’t matter. The Magic scored 35 points in the fourth quarter, hitting 13 of 22 from the field and 7-of-10 3-pointers. Arenas, Richardson, Hedo Turkoglu and Earl Clark, acquired in trades on Dec. 18 as the Magic rebuilt their roster, played major roles in the victory.

“They have a lot of firepower,” Cavaliers coach Byron Scott said. “There’s no doubt about that. We don’t have as much as they do. There’s no doubt about that, too.”

Antawn Jamison led Cleveland with 21 points while Daniel Gibson, who fouled out late in the game, scored 15. Anderson Varejao and Mo Williams added 14 apiece. All of Williams’ points came in the first quarter.