By DICK SCANLON – Associated Press
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Mo Bamba had 20 points and 12 rebounds, Ignas Brazdeikis had 20 from the bench and the Orlando Magic defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 120-115 on Tuesday night to end a six-game losing streak.
Moritz Wagner scored 10 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter for the Magic.
Darius Garland had 27 points and 10 assists, and Lauri Markkanen added 25 points for the injury-plagued Cavaliers, who have lost eight of 10. Cleveland is trying to hold onto seventh place in the Eastern Conference with two regular-season games remaining.
Markkanen, who had 17 points pre-half, scored the last five of the first half and left the Cavaliers with a 61-59 lead at the break.
Markelle Fultz, who finished with 16 points and six assists in his first start of the season, collected the Magic in the third quarter. Wagner scored seven straight points early in the fourth, starting with a steal and dunk in midfield and finishing with a 3-pointer with 7:17 remaining.
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Bamba hit all five of his 3-point shots in the opening 10 minutes to help Orlando quickly erase Cleveland’s 14-3 opener.
Cavaliers: C Evan Mobley missed his fifth straight game with a sprained ankle. He will practice and be re-evaluated on Thursday. … All-Star C Jarrett Allen missed his 16th game with a broken finger. … Coach JB Bickerstaff was fined $15,000 by the NBA on Monday for criticizing officials after Sunday’s game.
Magic: F Franz Wagner, who missed his first game of the season on Sunday after starting at 78 straight, started and played seven minutes before leaving with a sprained right ankle. … Fultz started his first game since tearing his cruciate ligament on Jan. 6, 2021. … G Cole Anthony did not play after hurting his toe again Sunday night. … F Wendell Carter Jr. (sprained left wrist) missed a fourth straight game.
Cavaliers: Play in Brooklyn Friday night.
Magic: Play in Charlotte on Thursday night.
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