Marreese Speights scored 18 points and grabbed eight rebounds as the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Orlando Magic by the score of 118-94 on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013. With the win the Cavaliers improve to 18-37 on the season while the Magic fall to 15-41.
Among the starters, Alonzo Gee led the scoring with 17 points while Tyler Zeller followed up with 16 points on the night. Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters each added 12 points. Speights led the reserves with 18 points while C.J. Miles added 16 points and Wayne Ellington added 15 points in Cleveland’s winning effort.
For Orlando, Arron Afflalo led the charge with 15 points while Maurice Harkless added 13 points and E’Twaun Moore contributed 12. Tobias Harris led the bench with 14 points on the night.
Most impressive for the Cavaliers was the 39 fourth quarter points that ultimately sealed the victory for Cleveland.
Irving may only be in his second year in the league but spoke like a true veteran and leader in the post-game press conference when he stated:
"We are just trying to win as many games as possible. In order to do that, we just have to find consistency on this team and it starts on this road trip. We got this win and now we play a great Miami team and then a great Chicago team as well. It is a challenge for us as a team and we are looking forward to it. On this road trip we have goals and also in the second half of the season we have goals but we have to take it one game at a time."
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