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Orlando Magic Lose Heartbreaker in Game 5 to Cleveland Cavaliers



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CLEVELAND – Ultimately, you needed to determine, not less than one in all these video games on this first-round playoff collection between the Orlando Magic and Cleveland Cavaliers would come all the way down to the wire. 

The Cavs within the first two video games by no means trailed, whereas the Magic led at one level in Recreation 3 by 43 and in Recreation 4 by 30. 

The result of Recreation 5, nevertheless, was up within the air till the ultimate seconds.

Regardless of a Herculean effort by Paolo Banchero, who erupted for 39 factors, the Magic have been unable to carry off the Cavs within the closing moments in a 104-103 defeat at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse on Tuesday night time.

Evan Mobley made the sport’s greatest performs. First, with 1:43 left, he put Cleveland in entrance with a dunk. Then, with 40 seconds remaining, his layup prolonged the Cavs’ result in 4. Lastly, with Cleveland up simply two, he blocked Franz Wagner’s potential game-tying layup try within the closing seconds. 

“I assumed he did a terrific job attending to the basket,” Magic head coach Jamahl Mosley stated of that shot try from Wagner. “Mobley made a hell of a play with the block on the rim. With tempo, we went down with pace. He had gotten a chance. Mobley made a hell of a play on the ball.” 

Donovan Mitchell, who completed with 28 factors, knocked down a pair of free throws subsequently to seal it. 

The sport was a seesaw battle a lot of the manner. There have been 17 lead modifications. The Cavs led by 10 early and the Magic’s largest lead was three. 

Three-point taking pictures was once more a difficulty for the Magic on this area. After going 8-for-37 from past the arc in Recreation 1 and 9-for-35 in Recreation 2, Orlando went 9-for-31 in Recreation 5. 

Cleveland additionally took benefit of Orlando’s errors, scoring 17 factors off the Magic’s turnovers. 

The Cavs have been pressured to roll out a smaller beginning lineup due to the absence of Jarrett Allen, who was unable to go due to a proper rib contusion. Cleveland slid Mobley to heart and Isaac Okoro received the beginning alongside Mitchell, Darius Garland and Max Strus. Gary Harris, in the meantime, left the sport early for the Magic with a proper hamstring pressure.

Banchero had an all-around stellar efficiency, making 14 of his 24 ground pictures, together with 4 of his seven 3-pointers, to go together with grabbing eight rebounds and meting out 4 assists. Franz completed with 14 factors, 5 rebounds and 6 assists, whereas Jalen Suggs had 13 factors. 

“I simply wished to be aggressive, hunt my pictures and make the pictures that I take,” Banchero stated. “I feel I received slightly fatigued on the finish. I feel Mobley did an excellent job of type of taking part in in between to the place he was nonetheless in a position to contest however (additionally) ready for the drive. It was powerful. There are a pair possessions the place I want I might have again.”

Garland posted 23 factors for the Cavs, whereas Strus scored 16 and Mobley had 14 factors and 13 rebounds.

The Magic will look to even up this best-of-seven collection once they host Recreation 6 on Friday at Kia Heart. If a Recreation 7 is important, it’ll happen again in Cleveland on Sunday.  

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