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Magic Vs. Cavaliers: Without Dwight Howard, Orlando Looks To Snap Two-Game Skid

The Orlando Magic (34-25), without star Dwight Howard for a fourth straight game, head to Cleveland (20-38) Sunday evening hoping to snap a two-game losing streak.

Apr 13, 2012; Orlando, FL, USA; Atlanta Hawks power forward Josh Smith (5) drives around Orlando Magic power forward Ryan Anderson (33) during the second quarter at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Douglas Jones-US PRESSWIRE
Apr 13, 2012; Orlando, FL, USA; Atlanta Hawks power forward Josh Smith (5) drives around Orlando Magic power forward Ryan Anderson (33) during the second quarter at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Douglas Jones-US PRESSWIRE

The Orlando Magic (34-25), without star Dwight Howard for a fourth straight game, head to Cleveland (20-38) Sunday evening hoping to snap a two-game losing streak. The Magic currently have a eight game winning streak against the Cavaliers, winning by 10.8 points per game in those contests.

Orlando has lost four of their last five games without Howard, including back-to-back defeats to the Washington Wizards and Atlanta Hawks. In those two matchups, the Magic shot just 37.6 percent while allowing their opponents to shoot 50.3 percent from the floor.

In Howard's absence, Glen Davis has stepped up his game for Orlando. Since joining the starting lineup seven games ago, "Big Baby" has averaged 18.7 points and 11.4 rebounds per game, though Davis in no way brings the same defensive presence to the floor as Howard.

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