Cleveland, OH, United States (4E Sports) – Anderson Varejao scored six of his team-high 18 points in overtime as the Cleveland Cavaliers snapped a six-game losing streak with an 87-81 win over the Orlando Magic Thursday at Quicken Loans Arena.
Varejao made two straight jumpers to break an 81-all tie in extra period and added two foul shots for the final count as the Cavaliers (11-21) won without All-Star playmaker Kyrie Irving.
The 6-11 Brazilian center made 8-of-17 shots and grabbed a career-high 25 boards while Dion Waiters scored six of his 17 points off the bench in the last 50 seconds of regulation, including the game-tying layup with less than a second left.
Tristan Thompson had 16 points and 10 boards while Jarrett Jack and C.J. Miles had 14 points apiece for the Cavaliers, who missed the services of Irving.
Irving was listed as day to day and sat out for the first time this season because of a bruised left knee. He was averaging a team-leading 22.2 points this season.
Irving suffered the injury in the Cavaliers’ 91-76 defeat to the Indiana Pacers when he fell awkwardly after a layup.
Glen Davis tallied 16 points and 13 boards, Jameer Nelson had 14 points and nine assists, Arron Afflalo and Andrew Nicholson scored 12 apiece while Tobias Harris added 10 as the Magic (10-22) lost for the second straight time.
It was a sorry loss for the Magic, who were leading by 78-68 before the Cavaliers started their 11-1 run with 1:04 left in regulation to force overtime.