National Basketball Association
Orlando 112, Cleveland 89
When: 1:00 PM ET, Saturday, April 27, 2024
Where: Kia Center, Orlando, Florida
Officials: #61 Courtney Kirkland, #34 Kevin Cutler, #37 Eric Dalen, #30 John Goble
Attendance: 18933

The Orlando Magic emphatically evened their best-of-seven Eastern Conference first-round series with the visiting Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday afternoon, using a third-quarter flurry to erase a halftime deficit and steamroll toward a 112-89 shellacking in Game 4.

Franz Wagner had 12 of his game-high 34 points and three teammates chipped in with a combined five 3-pointers in the run, which turned a 60-51 Cavaliers advantage at the break into an 88-70 Magic romp by third quarter's end thanks to a 37-10 Orlando run.

Game 5 in a series dominated by the home team is scheduled for Tuesday at Cleveland.

"I thought our defense was the key to the second half," Wagner said. "They didn't even score 30 points in the second half. Shout out to the whole team and hopefully we can do that in Cleveland as well."

Donovan Mitchell had 18 points and teammates Jarrett Allen and Evan Mobley combined for 28 while missing just three shots in a first half in which Cleveland led by as many as 10.

But Mitchell never scored again. In fact, the Cavaliers only made four field goals in the entire third quarter.

Meanwhile, the Magic made six 3-pointers in the third period, with Jalen Suggs and Wendell Carter Jr. drilling two apiece, and Wagner and Jonathan Isaac notching one each in the runaway.

Orlando went on to lead by as many as 30 in the fourth quarter before coasting home.

"We just stayed with it, our defensive focus," Isaac said. "We just need two, three minutes of consistent stops and we can blow the top off the game."

Isaac finished with 14 points, Suggs and Markelle Fultz 12 apiece and Carter 11 for the Magic, who shot 55.8 percent for the game and 46.2 percent on 3-pointers.

Wagner completed a double-double with a game-high 13 rebounds, while Paolo Banchero had a team-high five assists to go with nine points, four rebounds and two blocks.

Allen paced the Cavaliers with 21 points while also finding time for a team-high-tying nine rebounds.

"We found something in the second quarter that worked," Cavaliers head coach J.B. Bickerstaff said. "We were extremely aggressive, got to the basket. In the third quarter, we didn't get to those same spots. We didn't play with the same tempo."

Mobley also had nine boards to go with 14 points, and Darius Garland added 14 points while tying Mitchell for team-high assist honors with six.

The Cavaliers finished 4-for-17 on 3-pointers, with Mitchell going just 1-for-4. The visitors were outscored 36-12 from beyond the arc.

"It's a best-of-three series (now) and we've got two games in Cleveland," Bickerstaff said. "Our responsibility is take the next game as it comes, be ready to go on Tuesday. We have some things we need to correct."

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Cleveland   Orlando
Jarrett Allen 21 Scoring Franz Wagner 34
Darius Garland 6 Assists Paolo Banchero 5
Jarrett Allen 9 Rebounds Franz Wagner 13
Donovan Mitchell 7 Free Throws Made Franz Wagner 6
Donovan Mitchell 3 Steals Cole Anthony 1
Evan Mobley 2 Blocks Paolo Banchero 2
Team Stats Summary
Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
Cleveland 89 47.2 4-17 17-21 24 29 3 10 15
Orlando 112 55.8 12-26 14-19 24 43 6 7 18
Upcoming Games
  • Orlando will play their next game on the road against Cleveland. The Magic have a W/L % of .609 after a win and .528 after a loss.
  • Cleveland will play their next game at home against Orlando. The Cavaliers have a W/L % of .542 after a win and .647 after a loss.