Even with All-Star center Dwight Howard on the shelf for yet another game, the Cleveland Cavaliers are still struggling to find the bottom of the net against Orlando after two quarters on Sunday, and trail 43-30 at half.
The Cavs shot just 27% in the opening 24 minutes, and are a woeful 1-for-9 from three-point range. In Howard's absence, Magic big men Glen Davis and Ryan Anderson have combined for eight points and 11 rebounds against a thin Cleveland front line. Guards Jameer Nelson and J.J. Redick have each also poured in a game-high eight points to lead the Magic.
The biggest key to the game early on has been forcing turnovers, an area where Orlando holds a rather striking 8-2 advantage. The Cavaliers could only muster 15 points in the opening quarter before matching that total once again in the second, and appear to be on the verge of getting run out of their own gym by a team devoid of its best player.