Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE
The Cavs could not get over the hump in Orlando despite big nights from Dion Waiters and Anderson Varejao.
The Cleveland Cavaliers' main issue this season has been on the defensive end, and on Friday night, they could not get a stop in the fourth quarter to help push them out in front of the Orlando Magic. The Cavs were within a basket of tying the game for much of the quarter, but things just didn't quite click for Byron Scott's club in a 108-104 loss.
The Cavs had very few problems with scoring points. Dion Waiters led the team with 25 points, five assists and three rebounds, though he was just 9 of 22 on the night. Anderson Varejao continued his All-Star-level play with 19 points and 17 rebounds, and Jeremy Pargo once again filled in ably for Kyrie Irving, putting up 15 points on 7-of-14 shooting, though it only came with a single assist.
Five Magic players were in double figures, with Jameer Nelson leading the way with 22 points. As a team, the Magic shot 50 percent from the floor and were 11 of 21 from three-point range, which helped them keep the Cavs at arm's length.
The Cavs will make the quick trip down the state of Florida Friday night and then visit the Miami Heat at 7:30 p.m. ET on Saturday.