Originally created 02/17/99

Cavaliers top Magic



CLEVELAND -- Shawn Kemp scored 18 points and Vitaly Potapenko, starting for injured center Zydrunas Ilgauskas, had 16 Tuesday night to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to their third straight win, 90-78 over the Orlando Magic.

Potapenko scored eight points in the first quarter as Cleveland jumped to a quick 14-2 lead and led by 15 points entering the second quarter.

Cleveland, playing the first of five straight home games, was without the 7-foot-3 Ilgauskas for the first time this season. Ilgauskas, who has twice been sidelined by a broken right foot, is experiencing soreness in his left foot.

Ilgauskas, who recently signed a six-year, $70 million contract, will undergo further tests Wednesday.

"We'll just keep our fingers crossed," said Cavs coach Mike Fratello.

Reserve Johnny Newman added a season-high 15 points, Wesley Person had 12 and Bob Sura scored 10 and also had 10 assists for the Cavs.

Derek Strong paced the Magic with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Penny Hardaway had just 10 points for Orlando on 4-of-15 shooting.

Trailing by 13 at halftime, the Magic took advantage of six Cleveland turnovers in the first 6:41 of the third quarter to close within 54-49.

Sura countered with a 3-pointer for Cleveland, and Newman hit another 3 with 1:48 left in the quarter as the Cavs pushed their lead to 62-53.

Newman's second 3-pointer of the quarter with three seconds left gave Cleveland a 67-55 advantage before Hardaway hit a 42-footer at the buzzer to bring the Magic within nine.

But Cleveland overcame some more sloppiness in the fourth quarter and made its free throws, finishing 14-of-14 from the floor.

Notes: Orlando was 3-of-14 from the floor in the opening quarter. ... The Cavs were 8-of-11 on 3-pointers. ... The announced crowd of 12,918 was the second smallest in Gund Arena's five-year history. ... The Wilkins' brothers, Dominique and Gerald, now teammates with Orlando, both played for Fratello at once. "They both come to work everyday and contribute," he said. ... Fratello, who worked as Marv Albert's broadcast partner with NBC, was pleased that Albert is back on the air. "He's a premier guy broadcasting games," he said.