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Cleveland Cavaliers secure 2-0 playoff series lead against Orlando Magic

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PERFECT RECORD. The Cleveland Cavaliers remain undefeated after
beating the Orlando Magic, 96-86, in Game 2 of their playoff series
on Monday night (Tuesday, April 23, in the Philippines).
CLEVELAND CAVALIERS PHOTO

The Cleveland Cavaliers continued their strong start in the playoffs, taking a commanding 2-0 series lead against the Orlando Magic with a gritty 96-86 victory at home on Monday night (Tuesday, April 23, in the Philippines).

 Led by Donovan Mitchell’s 23-point performance and Jarrett Allen’s dominant rebounding display, the Cavaliers showcased their resilience and determination.

From the opening tip-off, the Cavaliers established control over the game, maintaining a lead throughout the contest. Mitchell, known for his scoring prowess, set the tone early with his aggressive play and timely baskets. His ability to create scoring opportunities helped keep the Magic at bay, as Cleveland capitalized on their defensive stops and executed efficiently on offense.

Jarrett Allen’s presence in the paint was instrumental in the Cavaliers’ victory. The big man grabbed an impressive 20 rebounds, including nine on the offensive glass, showcasing his tenacity and determination on the boards. Allen’s performance not only provided the Cavaliers with crucial second-chance opportunities but also demonstrated his impact on both ends of the floor.

Supporting Mitchell and Allen’s efforts was rookie sensation Evan Mobley, who contributed 17 points, showcasing his versatility and skill set. Mobley’s ability to score inside and outside added another dimension to the Cavaliers’ offense, making him a valuable asset in the postseason.

For the Orlando Magic, Paolo Banchero led the team with 21 points, while Franz Wagner added 18 points in a losing effort. Despite their offensive contributions, the Magic struggled to find their shooting rhythm, shooting a mere 36% from the field and connecting on just 25.7% of their attempts from beyond the arc.

The game took a dramatic turn early in the first quarter when Magic guard Jalen Suggs went down with a sprained left knee following contact with Mitchell. Suggs, a key defender for the Magic, left the game momentarily but showed resilience by returning after halftime with a sleeve on his leg. His return provided a spark for the Magic, as they mounted a late rally in the fourth quarter.

However, Mitchell quickly responded to the Magic’s surge with timely baskets, ensuring the Cavaliers maintained control of the game. Mitchell’s poise under pressure and ability to deliver in clutch moments proved pivotal in securing the victory for Cleveland.

Looking ahead to Game 3 in Orlando, the Cavaliers remain focused on maintaining their defensive intensity and executing their game plan. Jarrett Allen emphasized the team’s awareness of the Magic’s home-court advantage and their determination to close out the series.

With momentum on their side, the Cavaliers are poised to continue their postseason journey with confidence. As they head into enemy territory for Game 3, Cleveland aims to stay true to their identity as a tough and resilient team, prepared to face the challenges that await them in Orlando.

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