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CLEVELAND, OH -- The Cleveland Cavaliers headed into Wednesday night's matchup against a winless Magic team after having won each of their last two games, and they came out of the gates a bit sluggish. Cleveland arrived to halftime with a four-point lead after a back-and-forth first half, and Cavaliers' head coach JB Bickerstaff tore into his group in the locker room. After taking a thrashing from their coach, the Cavaliers came out of the half and played their style of basketball, out gutting their opponents and showing more heart and determination. Cleveland went on to defeat the visiting Magic by the final score of 103-92 to achieve their third consecutive victory.
Cavaliers big man Evan Mobley appeared to get his wind back on Wednesday night, scoring a new season-high 22 points on an efficient 9-15 shooting, including 4 of 6 from the charity stripe. Cedi Osman continues his strong season off the bench, scoring 14 points while pulling in 7 rebounds. Jarrett Allen had himself a monstrous night in the paint, netting 18 points to go along with an eye-popping 16 rebounds.
Orlando's number one overall pick Paulo Banchero led all scorers in the game with an impressive 29 points on 10-19 shooting from the field. Bol Bol led the charge for the Magic off of the bench coming 1-point shy of a double-double with 9 points and 10 boards. The fourth year forward out of the University of Michigan Franz Wagner scored 22 points on 10-19 shooting.
Cleveland will take Thursday off before taking on the reigning Eastern Conference Champion Boston Celtics in Beantown. Tip-off on Friday night is set for 7:30 pm ET at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.