The Cleveland Cavaliers are now 2-0 on the young preseason after a 110-105 victory down in Orlando against the Magic on Friday night.
The Cavaliers got off to a slow start as they were down 13 points at halftime.
Not only were the Cavaliers trailing, but they gave up 69 first half points to the Orlando Magic.
Mike Brown’s halftime speech was about effort and wanting it on the defensive end.
The message was certainly heard as the Cavs looked sharp defensively in the third quarter when they outscored the Magic 36-24.
Guys were active on the defensive end of the court as players were rotating quickly, active with their hands and playing defense with their feet as this allowed for some easy buckets in transition.
Coach Brown allowed his reserves to play most of the fourth quarter as the young nucleus was able to not only take the lead, but hold onto it.
The Cavaliers were led by Dion Waiter with 21 points and Kyrie Irving had 17 points as the starting back court combined for only two turnovers. Tristan Thompson was the third starter in double figures with 14.
In the fourth quarter, first round pick Anthony Bennett put on a show as he was clearly the Cavs vocal point on offense down the stretch. Bennett finished with 16 points in 22 minutes of action.
There was a timeout early in the fourth quarter where Thompson whispered something to Bennett and from there on Bennett was a machine on both ends of the floor.
It’s clear that this Cavaliers team is already having fun together and the players want the best for not only themselves, but the team and the city of Cleveland.
The Orlando Magic were led by second overall pick Victor Oladipo, who came off the bench as he scored 18 points during a game high 30 minutes.
Maurice Harkless added 10, Nikola Vucevic had 15 and Aaron Afflalo pitched in 14.