Final score: Orlando Magic 99, Cleveland Cavaliers 89
Analysis: Now down 2-1 in the Eastern Conference finals, Cleveland has a major concern. No one other than James is consistently making the perimeter shot. So although he scored a game-high 41 points tonight, James is having to carry the offense, which favors Orlando because no one else is involved in the offense for the Cavs.
The go-getter: Before fouling out, Dwight Howard (Orlando) scored 24 points on 5-of-8 shooting. Known as a poor free-throw shooter, Howard was 14-of-19 from the stripe. He was money late in the game.
The brick-layer: Zydrunas Ilgauskas (Cleveland) shot a shaky 3-of-10 from the field for nine points. Although he can make the 3, for him to attempt three of them tonight is not good.
The stunning stats: The Cavaliers scored just eight bench points. Orlando reserve Mickael Pietrus had 16 points off the bench by himself for the Magic.
The play: In the first half, Courtney Lee had a open lay-up, but James ran him down and blocked his shot. In the second half, James tried to do the same thing, but the Orlando rookie guard dunked on him.
What’s next: Game 4 Tuesday at Orlando, 8:30 p.m.
What to expect: Cleveland’s biggest dilemma was trying to match up with Hedo Turkoglu and Rashard Lewis, but the Cavaliers have a greater challenge. If Mo Williams, Delonte West and Sasha Pavlovic don’t make open shots Tuesday, that’s going to put more and more onus on James to carry the offense. As great as James is, he can’t beat the Magic by himself.