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Cavaliers still fighting, but could use a win against Orlando

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Cleveland’s Jarrett Allen had 25 points and 11 rebounds, highlighted by a 9-for-10 shooting performance from the floor, and teammate Cedi Osman came off the bench to make five 3-pointers and score 23 points in 28 minutes.

Darius Garland added 19 points and Lauri Markkanen had 14 points against Phoenix, while Ricky Rubio and Kevin Love also provided key minutes off the bench for Cleveland. “We compete. That’s what we do from the beginning of the season. Obviously, it’s a very tough game for us because we knew that we had a chance to win this game, but we just couldn’t pull it off. We got another game on Saturday and we just have to get ready for that game.”

The undermanned Cavaliers press on with guard Collin Sexton out for the remainder of the season following knee surgery. Much of the discussion centered around Orlando’s injury situation and how it has affected a young roster directed by new head coach Jamahl Mosley, who was a Cleveland assistant coach from 2010-14.

“Clearly, we’re still facing injuries that we brought into the season and some that we’ve developed this season that have kind of shuffled the roster around a little bit,” Weltman said.

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