The Cleveland Cavaliers fell for the fourth time in five games after surrendering a 120-115 loss to the Orlando Magic.
The Cavs simply blew it against the worst-ranked team in the Eastern Conference,
giving up their final chance to compete for a guaranteed spot in the playoffs.
What used to be one of the most lauded defensive teams in the East earlier in the season has made a complete
180-degree turn since losing the starting frontcourt tandem of Jarrett Allen and Evan Mobley,
hitting a new low after allowing the league’s worst-ranked offense to put up that many points.
Building an early double-digit lead to open the game, Cleveland appeared to have taken its foot off the pedal,
allowing the home team to immediately race back and make it competitive.
The Magic even erected a 10-point lead of their own, before the Cavs
made a last-ditch effort for a failed comeback in the final minutes.