November 28, 2019 / 2:41 AM / 9 days ago

Fournier leads Magic past Cavaliers for first road win

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Nov 27, 2019; Cleveland, OH, USA; Orlando Magic center Khem Birch (24) and Cleveland Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson (13) reach for a rebound in the first quarter at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Evan Fournier scored 19 of his season-high 30 points in the first half as the Orlando Magic recorded their first road victory with a 116-104 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday.

Fournier made four 3-pointers to highlight his performance for the Magic, who lost their first seven road games before winning the finale of their four-game trek.

The 27-year-old’s previous season high was 26, set in Orlando’s 111-109 win over San Antonio on Nov. 15 and matched in a 111-106 setback at Indiana on Saturday.

Jonathan Isaac and Terrence Ross each scored 16 points, and Mo Bamba made all five of his 3-point attempts to match Markelle Fultz with 15 points.

Orlando overcame the absences of All-Star center Nikola Vucevic and forward Aaron Gordon to ankle injuries to record its second win over Cleveland this season. The Magic posted a 94-85 victory over the Cavaliers on Oct. 23.

Collin Sexton scored 20 points on 8 of 14 shooting while playing in his 100th consecutive game to begin his NBA career. Sexton, who was selected with the eighth overall pick of the 2018 draft, is the first player to begin his Cleveland career in such a manner since Andre Miller.

Cedi Osman scored 14 points and Tristan Thompson added 13 for the Cavaliers, who fell for the eighth time in the last nine games.

Fournier scored 10 points in the third as Orlando doubled its halftime lead of seven by pushing its advantage to 87-73 at the end of the quarter.

Sexton answered by making four jumpers to begin the fourth quarter to trim Cleveland’s deficit to 98-90 with 6:04 remaining, but Fultz and Bamba each drained a 3-pointer on consecutive possessions to halt the Cavaliers’ momentum.

The Magic responded from a tight first quarter to create some breathing room in the second, beginning with Fournier and Bamba draining a 3-pointer to start the session to give the Magic a 33-27 lead.

Larry Nance Jr. sank a 3-pointer to bring Cleveland back within one, but the Magic built the lead to 59-52 lead at halftime.

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