Magic Lock Up Third Seed, Beat Cavaliers

King James held to only 17 points as Orlando wins 101-86
By Mitch Pritchard,  Newser User
Posted Apr 5, 2008 8:10 PM CDT
Orlando Magic's Maurice Evans dunks the ball against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the first quarter in a basketball game, Saturday, April 5, 2008, in Cleveland.    (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
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(Newser) – Hedo Turkoglu scored 23 points, Rashard Lewis added 21 and the Orlando Magic locked up the Eastern Conference's No. 3 playoff seed with a 101-86 win today over the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Magic, who have sat behind Boston and Detroit in the standings for much of the season, won despite getting only 4 points on 1-of-8 shooting from All-Star center Dwight Howard, 17 below his average.

Orlando's defense, though, was the difference. The Magic held Cleveland to 14 points in the fourth quarter and didn't let Cavaliers superstar LeBron James get his first points of the period until there was 1:48 left. By then, Orlando was up by double digits and in cruise control. James, who has been bothered by back spasms, finished with 17 points (on 6-of-22 shooting), 9 assists and 7 rebounds.