LeBron James determined to work through 'very challenging' Cavaliers season


The struggling Cavaliers beat a bad and short-handed Orlando Magic team Thursday night, but not before doing their darnedest to beat themselves.

LeBron James didn't have a great night for the Cleveland Cavaliers last night during their win against the Orlando Magic, but he did manage to pull off a spectacular pass during the game that left fans in awe.

Love finished with 12 points on 3-of-10 shooting with 11 rebounds and 2 assists. The officials ruled there was an inadvertent whistle and held a jump ball at midcourt.

The Cavaliers led by 23 points late in the second quarter and took a 77-60 lead when Thomas made three free throws after Payton fouled him on a shot from beyond the arc. But they came out flat in the second half, with Orlando outscoring the Cavs, 33-17, in the third.

A trade may be coming for Cleveland, because it's hard to believe that its current core can make a legitimate run at the Warriors.

When asked how he feels after finally winning again, James admitted that it felt good to get back to their winning ways. Derrick Rose, who was playing for the first time since November 7, had nine points in 13 minutes.

The Magic had Elfrid Payton scoring 19 and Evan Fournier with 17 points.

The Magic played without guard Aaron Afflalo, who was suspended two games without pay by the National Basketball Association for fighting with Minnesota's Nemanja Bjelica on Tuesday. Dwyane Wade added 11 points off the bench.

And they did it against a now 13-32 Orlando team that was without starting center Nikola Vucevic (fractured hand) and key reserve Arron Afflalo (suspended).

But the most welcome sight among the second unit was the appearance of Derrick Rose, who checked in to start the second quarter - making his first appearance since November 7. Ditto for J.R. Smith, who unlike Thomas, has been on the court the whole season. That's a risky tendency against most teams, and against the Cavaliers, it's foolhardy. The only opportunities he's had to regain his groove are live games - of which he's played just five since last May. Then after a missed 3-pointer by Simmons, Thomas sank an open 3-pointer from the right side to extend Cleveland's lead to 98-91 with 5:31 to play.