CLEVELAND (AP) – LeBron James scored 23 points, Kyrie Irving added 20 and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Orlando Magic for the 15th straight time, 105-99 on Saturday night.
Kevin Love scored 19 points to help the NBA champion Cavaliers improve to 3-0. They haven’t lost to the Magic since Nov. 23, 2012 in Orlando.
Evan Fournier scored 22 points for Orlando. The Magic cut a 22-point deficit to three at 88-85 with 4 minutes to play, but J.R. Smith hit three 3-pointers and scored 11 in the fourth quarter.
Smith made 3-pointers on back-to-back possessions and Cleveland forced a shot-clock violation. James followed with a pair of baskets, including a left-handed finish at the rim.
Serge Ibaka converted a three-point play and hit a free throw, cutting the lead to 98-95 with 45 seconds left, but Smith’s 3-pointer from the corner pushed the lead to six.
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