CLEVELAND - LeBron James had 32 points and 13 assists as the Cleveland Cavaliers matched their franchise record by winning their 13th straight game, a 115-106 victory over the Orlando Magic on Thursday night in a rematch of last season's Eastern Conference finals.
Both teams are again on top of the East this year, but Cleveland has won both head-to-head meetings.
As he has done all season, James again closed out an opponent late in the game, scoring seven points in the final three minutes. Orlando went scoreless for five minutes in the fourth as Cleveland turned a two-point deficit into a 105-98 lead.
The anticipated matchup between Shaquille O’Neal and Dwight Howard never really materialized because both were in foul trouble throughout. Fouls were a problem for both teams. They combined for 43 fouls and 56 free throws.