Douglas Jones-US PRESSWIRE
J.J. Redick went 8 for 8 from the line in the final 30 seconds, keeping the game in hand for Orlando.
The Orlando Magic posted a close win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday night, escaping with the win in the final minute, 108-104. Ahead by just one with 47 seconds left to play after a Tyler Zeller jumper, J.J. Redick banking 8 of 8 free throws in the final 21 seconds kept the game out of Cleveland's reach. .
Jameer Nelson led the Magic in scoring, picking up 22 points on 9 of 18 shooting from the floor and 4 of 8 on free throws. Glen Davis and Nikola Vucevic both had 8 rebounds, and Arron Afflalo added 19 points. After his 8 for 8 in the closing seconds, Redick finished the night with 18 points. As a team, Orlando shot 50 percent, compared to 42.5 percent for Cleveland.
Orlando trailed by as many as 11, but by the start of the fourth quarter they had pulled even, 76-76. Davis made a big contribution in the fourth, hitting three from the floor and four from the line as the Magic pulled ahead, and Redick's efforts sealed it for Orlando.
With the win the Magic are now 5-7. Their home stand continues on Sunday when they play the Boston Celtics.