Magic make James-less Cavs disappear, 98-92
CLEVELAND (AP) â€” Mickael Pietrus scored all 12 of his points in the fourth quarter and Jameer Nelson hit a big 3-pointer in the closing minutes, leading the Orlando Magic to a 98-92 win Sunday over the Cleveland Cavaliers, who rested LeBron James for the playoffs
Pietrus was a matchup nightmare in the playoffs last season for Cleveland, averaging 13.9 points in the Eastern Conference finals when the Magic beat the Cavs in six games. He made a pair of 3s to open the fourth and Nelson hit his with 2:53 left to put Orlando ahead 96-88.
Dwight Howard scored 22 points with 13 rebounds and six blocks for Orlando.
Delonte West had 21 points and Mo Williams had 19 with nine assists for the Cavaliers, who finished the regular season 35-6 at home.