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Posted: May 20th, 2009
Cavaliers-Magic Game 1 breakdown….

Final score: Orlando Magic 107, Cleveland Cavaliers 106

APTOPIX Magic Cavaliers Basketball

Two of game's best - LeBron James and Dwight Howard - went head to head in Orlando's Game 1 win Wednsday night.

Analysis: Orlando came back from a 15-point halftime deficit to hand the Cavs their first playoff loss. Rashard Lewis’ 3-pointer with 14.7 seconds left won it for the Magic, who won despite LeBron James scoring a career playoff high 49 points. Orlando hit clutch shots while Cleveland leaned too much on James, who battled fatigued and cramped up after the game.

The go-getter: Got to go with Lewis (Orlando). He scored 17 of his 22 points in the second half including the game winner. Dwight Howard, who broke the shot clock with a two-handed power dunk in the first quarter, was also spectacular in scoring 30 points and grabbing 13 rebounds before fouling out.
The brick-layer: Delonte West (Cleveland) shot 4-of-13 from the field for 11 points. Now he hit a big 3-pointer late to put Cleveland ahead, 103-102, with 40.8 seconds left, but missed a 3-pointer that would have given the Cavs the lead with 4.9 seconds left.
The stunning stats: James and Anderson Varejao shot a combined 26-of-38 from the field. The rest of the team shot 17-of-50.
The play: Called the X factor by James, Lewis rose up over Varejao to hit the game-winning shot.

What’s next: Game 2 Friday at Cleveland, 8:30 p.m.
What to expect:
Many have asked how would Cleveland respond to adversity. After losing Wednesday, we will find out just how tough the Cavaliers are. Another thing to look for is to see if Cleveland plays with more offensive efficiency and if Orlando can maintain the inside-outside balance it had in Game 1.

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