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szdaily -> Sports
Cavs throw away 21-point lead in loss
    2018-February-8  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

THE Cleveland Cavaliers threw away a 21-point lead in a 116-98 defeat to the Orlando Magic on Tuesday night.

Jonathon Simmons scored 22 of his career-high 34 points in the third quarter for the Magic, who broke a nine-game home-court losing streak against Cleveland.

The Cavaliers scored 43 points in the first quarter, but then went more than 6 minutes without scoring in the fourth. They played the second half without coach Tyronn Lue, who went to the locker room in the second quarter with what the team said was an illness.

“It’s like right now, when we hit adversity, we go our separate ways,” guard Isaiah Thomas said. “And that’s just how I feel and it looks like that as well.”

The Magic made their first 10 shots of the second half and won consecutive games for the first time since Nov. 8-10.

The Cavaliers fell apart in the second half and lost for the 14th time in 21 games. They have given up an average of 122.4 points in their last five losses.

After another embarrassing defeat and two days before the trade deadline, LeBron James let it be known he’s not going anywhere, at least for now.

“I’m here for this season right now to try and figure out a way we can still compete,” James said after his Cavaliers blew a 21-point lead in the loss to the Magic. “I owe it to my teammates to finish this season out no matter how it ends up. I would never waive my no-trade clause.”

“I couldn’t give up on my teammates like that. I just couldn’t do it,” James said after scoring 25 points.

“We put too much into the game every single day.

“This is no time to be ashamed about our season,” he added. “We’ve got quite a few games left. If we’re still serious about the season, then we’ve got to play some good ball at some point.”

James did not have a rebound or an assist in a foul-plagued second half.

“I gave my teammates some opportunities to knock them down, but they just didn’t go. You can’t get assists when they don’t go down, but that doesn’t stop me from finding my guys on the floor,” he said. “At this point it’s not what you say, it’s what you do. We’ve got to go out and play well as a collective group, everyone hitting at the right time on all cylinders, and right now we’re not doing that.”

Simmons made seven of eight shots in his 22-point quarter, finishing the period with a 3-point buzzer shot in a game in which he almost did not play because of a sprained right ankle.

“To be honest, adrenaline was just going and I didn’t even realize what was going on,” Simmons said. (SD-Agencies)

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