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Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio  Attendance: 20,562

Magic is missing as Cavaliers host Orlando

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Orlando Magic at Cleveland Cavaliers

  1. In their last game at Quicken Loans Arena (October 21, 2017), the Magic defeated the Cavs, 114-93, and snapped their 17-game losing streak to Cleveland. This is currently Orlando's largest road win (21 points) of the season.
  2. Orlando has lost each of its last 10 road games, last winning in New York on December 3 (105-100). Cleveland had won its previous 13 home games before losing to Golden State on Monday, 118-108.
  3. The Magic snapped their seven-game losing streak after defeating the Timberwolves on Tuesday, 108-102. Orlando hasn't won back-to-back games since early November.
  4. Evan Fournier scored a career-high 32 points and went 6-for-12 from three-point range in Tuesday's win against the Timberwolves. Fournier is averaging 17.8 points on 48.6 percent shooting (17/35) from deep over his last six games against Cleveland.
  5. LeBron James is one of three players who have career averages of 25+ points, 7+ rebounds and 7+ assists against the Magic all-time (Larry Bird, Russell Westbrook). James, who finished with 32 points against the Warriors on Monday, ranks second in the league at home this season in points per game (28.8 -- James Harden, 33.9).
  6. After experiencing his least efficient season of his career from the field last season in Orlando, (39.4 percent), Jeff Green is shooting a career-high 47.9 percent this season. Green's 8.5 percent increase is the third largest in the league (minimum 300 attempts both seasons).

CLEVELAND -- The Orlando Magic are the last team the Cleveland Cavaliers beat.

No, neither franchise is having much fun now.

The Magic have lost 27 of its last 32 games and snapped a seven-game losing streak Tuesday by beating the Minnesota Timberwolves.

But even in a rare moment of glory for the Magic, reserve guard Arron Afflalo threw a punch at Minnesota's Nemanja Bjelica and is facing likely discipline from the NBA.

The Cavs, meanwhile, are a mess, considering their DNA and string of three consecutive Finals trips. Cleveland has lost four straight since beating the Magic 131-127 on Jan. 6.

The Cavs have lost eight of their last 10 games and nine of 12, and are seven games behind the Boston Celtics for first place in the Eastern Conference. They host the Magic on Thursday.

"This is a difficult year for our team," said LeBron James, who scored 33 points with 10 rebounds and nine assists in the last game against the Magic. "Seems like I say that every year, but this one has been even more challenging. But with everybody who has been out and coming back in and the rotations and things of that nature, it's been very challenging on our team. But we have to figure it out."

After the Cavs lost to their archrivals, the Golden State Warriors, 118-108 on Monday, numerous media reports cited several unnamed prominent Cleveland players as having doubts their team can solve its problems.

The Cavs are 29th in the NBA on defense and have struggled to find a rhythm since Isaiah Thomas joined the lineup. Thomas, who scored 19 points against the Magic in his first start this season, is shooting a career-worst 36.1 percent from the field.

"I know how good we can be," Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said. "Once we get healthy, minutes restrictions are off, guys are back, we're gonna be fine. And, you know, with the point guard, the head of the snake, I.T., right now just trying to find his rhythm, get his legs and we're going to be fine."

The Cavs could get back former NBA MVP Derrick Rose, who hasn't played since Nov. 7 because of left ankle injuries. Iman Shumpert, who's been out following minor knee surgery, is also close to a return. Both practiced Wednesday.

The Magic, who have been hampered by injuries all season, have lost 18 of the last 19 to the Cavs. The one win was this season, when Orlando came to Cleveland and rolled to a 114-93 triumph Oct. 21.

The Magic's Marreese Speights, who missed Tuesday's win for a personal matter, is listed as questionable for this game.

"The goal for the rest of the season is honestly playing better basketball so we can feel better about ourselves and about the future," said Evan Fournier, according to the Orlando Sentinel. Fournier scored a career-high 32 against the Timberwolves.

"You can lose a game and you're still going to be disappointed," Fournier said. "But if you feel like you gave it (your) all and you played the right way, then it was just the opponent that was better than you. Most of the times, we don't feel like this."

Updated January 18, 2018

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