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Postby kaisy on Fri Aug 30, 2013 2:13 am

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Kyrie Irving has proven multiple times this season that he can be an unrelenting scorer when he needs to be. Against the Magic, the Cleveland Cavaliers young point guard showed he can also do some damage when hes creating opportunities for his teammates. Marreese Speights scored 18 points, Alonzo Gee added 17 and the Cavaliers used a big fourth quarter to run past the Magic 118-94 on Saturday night. Irving chipped in with 12 points, but had a game-high nine assists in just three quarters of work for Cleveland, which has won two straight overall and snapped a six-game losing streak in Orlando. "Coming out in the second half we knew the things we needed to do, especially on the defensive end," Irving said. "That has to be our identity, first and foremost. Our defence has to lead to our offence and thats what he did." Arron Afflalo scored 16 points for the Magic in their first home game since a trade deadline deal last week that saw the departure of four players, including sixth man J.J. Redick. Two of their three new additions, Tobias Harris and Beno Udrih, finished in double figures with 14 and 10 points, respectively. Orlando has lost five consecutive games and 28 of its last 31 as it dives deeper into its rebuilding process. "Its definitely going to take a little time," Magic forward Maurice Harkless said. "I think (the new players will) get it quick, especially since were all young, so we get to help them. The way they played today, they played pretty well for their first game so itll all get better." The Cavaliers scored the first eight points of the final period to push their lead to 15. The Magic got it down to 11 before another 8-0 spurt made it 95-76 with less than 8 minutes to play. Cleveland maintained its cushion down the stretch, allowing Irving and the rest of the starting five to sit out the entire fourth quarter. Still, the Cavaliers outscored Orlando 39-22 in the period. Tyler Zeller was also impressive in limited action in the second half, finishing with 16 points and seven rebounds. C.J. Miles also had 16 points and six rebounds coming off the bench. Coach Byron Scott said afterward that Irving did experience a little soreness in his right knee but was fine. Irving said he tweaked the knee in practice, but doesnt expect to miss any time because of it. The Cavaliers continue their trip Sunday in Miami. "Our bench guys did a heck of a job in the fourth quarter of not only maintaining but increasing the lead, so we didnt have to bring those guys back in," Scott said. "So they get some rest and get ready for a tough one in Miami." The Magic played without point guard Jameer Nelson, who missed his second straight game with a left patella contusion. Without trade acquisitions Harris, Udrih and Doron Lamb, the Magic hung tough in a close loss to Memphis on Friday, but struggled at times against Cleveland without a true point guard opposite Irving. Even with all three playing Saturday, the Cavaliers were clearly the more comfortable team in the early going and took advantage of it as they built a 10-point lead. Irving was especially active, both scoring and distributing. At one point early in the first quarter he received an outlet pass on a fast break and casually delivered a pass off the backboard to Gee, who dunked it easily. It set a tone, and kept Orlando scrambling throughout the night. When they did get into the game, the Magics new arrivals brought in instant energy, helping to briefly stunt Clevelands early momentum. It was tied at the half, thanks to balanced scoring on both sides. Orlando had eight players with at least six points in the opening 24 minutes, while Gee was the only player on either team to reach double figures in the half, scoring 10 points. Magic coach Jacque Vaughn said his message will remain consistent during this latest transitional period. "I think you still hold guys accountable," he said. "There is no mistake in the accountability ... It doesnt guarantee you wins and losses, but were trying to play the best that we can and thats what you want to do. Each time you step on the floor you do your job. You play the best you can." If the Cavaliers have any shot of ending the season with momentum, though, it must happen now Irving said. "Were just trying to win as many games as possible," Irving said. "In order to do that, we just have to find consistency on this team and it starts with this road trip ... It is a challenge for us as a team and we are looking forward to it." Notes: Cleveland F Omri Casspi wasnt with the team after being taken to an Orlando hospital on Saturday afternoon complaining of acute stomach pain. G Daniel Gibson was also inactive because of what the team said were personal reasons. ... The Magic are now 5-21 this season when their opponent scores at least 100 points. Akiem Hicks Jersey . They didnt have much trouble scoring with the man advantage on Saturday night. Patric Hornqvist scored two of Nashvilles four power-play goals to lead the Predators to a 5-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes. Zach Strief Jersey . -- The Anaheim Ducks penchant for come-from-behind wins is putting quite a strain on the patience and nerves of coach Bruce Boudreau. ... ls-22.html . Brothers was available to pitch Saturday against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Brothers started the season on the Rockies opening-day roster. Jimmy Graham Jersey . France overcame its poor start to the tournament and upset the odds to beat England 19-12 in Saturdays quarterfinal, setting up a semifinal against Wales next weekend. Rifts, rumours of discontent in the French camp all came to a head with a shock defeat to Tonga, and led to a summit involving players and staff. Drew Brees Autographed Jersey . Luol Deng scored 22 points and led a flurry of 3-pointers as the NBA-leading Bulls took another game on the road, blowing out the Atlanta Hawks 98-77 on Wednesday night.DENVER -- The post-season aspirations for the Edmonton Oilers are all but over. So, too, are the chances of the team finishing in last place in the league. And that to coach Ralph Krueger is a step in the right direction. The Oilers have had the dubious distinction of picking No. 1 in each of the last three drafts, something they hope to avoid. "We dont want the Edmonton Oilers picking in the top five," Krueger said. "Lets move up in the standings and get out of that bottom group. We still have goals. We want to get points." Jordan Eberle scored and had two assists, Devan Dubnyk stopped 33 shots and the Oilers snapped a six-game skid with a 4-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Friday night. "Youve got to show your fans you care and show each other you care," Eberle said. "You want to finish well and feel good about yourself as a team." Taylor Hall, Justin Schultz and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins also had goals for the Oilers, who kept their very, very faint playoff hopes afloat. They trail current No. 8 seed Columbus by eight points with five games to play. Basically, they need to win out and hope everyone chasing that final playoff spot completely collapses. Not very likely. But this is more likely: Keep from sinking to the bottom of the Western Conference standings and joining the last-place Avalanche. Theyre now six points clear of Colorado and even further ahead of Florida, which has the worst mark in the NHL. "Its extremely important to just go out there in these next five games and play well and play the way we need to play," Dubnyk said. "Stop with the habits that we get into that put us on the wrong side of the scoreboard." Eberle set up two goals with backhanded assists and later added his 13th goal of the season on a backhander that he lifted over goaltender Semyon Varlamov. Varlamov was rusty in his return to goal after sitting out since early April with a hip ailment. He stopped 20 shots, which was well down from the career-high 50 saves he made at Edmonton on Feb. 16. "He was OK, just OK," coach Joe Sacco said of his goaltender. "Hes capable of playing better." The Oilers broke open a tight game in the second period with goals from Nugent-Hopkins and Eberle. Colorado couldnt manage much of an offensive charge in the final period. The Avs went on the power play with 3:07 remaining and pulled Varlamov for an extra skater, but couldnt get anything past Dubnyk. Edmonton finished the season seriess against Colorado with a 4-1 record.dddddddddddd It didnt take long for the Oilers to jump out to an early lead as Hall tapped in the puck 2:33 into the game. He scored just after a penalty on Gabriel Landeskog had expired. Landeskog found himself in the penalty box 30 seconds into the game for boarding. P.A. Parenteau tied the score later in the period, but Schultzs tip-in gave the Oilers a 2-1 lead after the opening 20 minutes. "After we tied it up, it should have been the other way around. We should have been excited, we should have been in the game and we were flat, especially after they got one right away," said Parenteau, who had his team-leading 17th goal of the season. "Took the life out of us. Story of our year, really. Happened too many times this year, we get deflated on the bench. I wish I had the answer. Its tough right now. Its not fun. Weve been playing some better hockey, but no life." Milan Hejduk was back on the ice for the first time since March 30. He missed five games with a shoulder injury and another four as he worked his way back into form. This has been an injury-filled 14th NHL season for Hejduk, leading to speculation that he might decide to hang up the skates after the season. Hejduk, the last holdover from the 2001 Stanley Cup title team, ranks second in franchise history in games played (1,019) and fourth in goals (375). But hes not ready to commit one way or the other just yet. "I dont want to rush it right now," Hejduk said. "Its been a rough year overall for everybody here. After the season, I want to sit back, discuss it with the family, decide whats going to happen." NOTES: Colorado C Matt Duchene is hoping he will be asked by Team Canada to play on the world championship squad next month. "Absolutely, Id play," said Duchene, whos represented his country twice at worlds. "Another chance to put on the jersey and perform and have all the eyes on you that are making the decision for next season." Duchene also hopes to play for Canada at the 2014 Sochi Games. "An absolute dream come true," he said. ... Near the end of the game, Oilers D Jeff Petry was hit in the face by a puck. Petry stayed down on the ice for several minutes, before skating into the dressing room. Hall also was banged up in the game, but Krueger said "we have nothing that Im afraid of right now. I believe everybody will be able to go back at it against Anaheim (on Sunday). That was all precautionary." ' ' '
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