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Cavs flip switch on Magic

The Cavs turned on the switch in the third quarter and turned a two-point deficit into a 21-point lead with a 43 point third quarter on their way to their 50th win of the season, 122-102 over the Orlando Magic

CLEVELAND--Everybody wants to know whether the Cavaliers could flip a switch and get back to playing championship caliber basketball come the playoffs.

In the third quarter of a regular season game, they sure did.

Trailing 55-53 at halftime, the Cavs put up 43 points in the third quarter, including hitting nine three-point shots in the quarter to take a 21-point on their way to a 122-102 win over the Orlando Magic in front of 20,562 fans at a sold out Quicken Loans Arena. 

"We just started hitting our three's in the third," Kyle Korver who hit three said. 

It was the Cavs third-straight win and 17th-straight over the Magic. The Cavs improved to 50-27 and tied the Boston Celtics for the top spot in the Eastern Conference. The two teams will play Wednesday night in Boston. The Magic drop to 27-51.

The Cavs had five players in double figures led by Kevin Love with 28 points. Kyrie irving scored 22, J.R. Smith 19, LeBron James 18 and Korver added 11 points to pace the Cavs. Smith hit four treys in the decisive third quarter, while Korver  and Love each hit two in the period. James picked up his career-best 12th triple-double with 11 rebounds and 11 assists to go with his 18 points. He also passed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to his 788th straight-game of scoring double figures. 

Tip Ins

The King: LeBron James came into the game with 787 games in which he scored double figures to pass Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for the 2nd longest streak in NBA history. James now has 788 straight-games with at least 10 points. Michael Jordan has the NBA longest streak. Tyronn Lue down played James' accomplishment, saying scoring 10 points is nothing for the "best player on the planet." James also had his career-best triple-double of 18 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists in 37 minutes. 

Mr. 20 plus: Kyrie Irving has scored 20 or more points in 25 of 26 games. Irving scored 24 points on 10-of-15 shooting, including 3-of-5 from three-point. Irving also had eight assists. 

Mr. Double-Double: Kevin Love picked up his 37th double-double of the season with 28 points and 11 rebounds. Love had 18 points and 8 rebounds in the first half. Love finished 5-of-9 from behind the three-point line. 

Korver's Return: Kyle Korver returned played for the first time in since missing the last four games. Korver made his first shot from behind the three-point line and finished playing minutes and scoring points. Korver then made two big three's in the third quarter and finished with 11 points in 12 minutes on 3-of-5 from behind the arc. 

Smoking' JR: J.R. Smith has now made at least four three's in four-straight games. Smith was 4-of-4 in the third quarter to spark the Cavs. He finished with 19 points and was 5-of-8 on three point shots. 

Bombs Away: The Cavs have set a franchise single season record of 986 three's coming into the game. They needed just 14 to be the 3rd team in NBA history to make 1,000 triples in a season. The Warriors did so in 2015-16 and the Rockets have already made 1109 this season. The Cavs hit seven in the first half to hit 993 and then hit 11 more in the second half for 18-of-36 (50 percent) for the game. J. R. Smith hit five as did Kevin Love. Kyrie Irving and Kyle Korver both hit three.

Full Squad: For the first time in a long time, the Cavs had their full complement of players with Kyle Korver playing. 

Dishing It: The Cavs had 30 assists, led by James with 11 and Irving with 8.

Next Up: The Cavs will play the Celtics for the best record in the Eastern Conference on Wednesday night in Boston at 8 pm. The winner will have the tie breaker with just 4 games to play. 


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