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Cavaliers Vs. Magic Recap: Led By Dwight Howard, Orlando Defeats Cleveland 102-94

The Orlando Magic improved to 14-9 on Friday night with a 102-94 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers. After perhaps the roughest losing streak in the Dwight Howard era, the Magic have now won two straight games over inferior Washington and Cleveland squads. Howard finished the game with yet another double double, scoring 19 points and grabbing 16 rebounds against a Cleveland team which lacks a true center.

Guard Jason Richardson matched Howard with 19 points of his own, and led Orlando to a quick double-digit lead in the first with 14 points over the first 24 minutes. Richardson looked as good as he has in a long time, boosting Howard along with 3 other Magic players in double figures. Orlando had just five turnovers, and for the second straight game, managed to get some rhythm going on the offensive end after that woeful stretch last week.

The Magic now travel to Indiana for the second night of a back-to-back against the Pacers.

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