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Waiters scores 26 as Cavs beat Magic 119-98

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Associated Press

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Dion Waiters scored 26 points, Spencer Hawes and Tristan Thompson had 20 each, and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Orlando Magic 119-98 on Wednesday night.

Kyrie Irving added 17 points, eight assists and six rebounds in his first game back after missing eight with strained left biceps. Jarrett Jack scored 13 points the Cavs, who have won five of their last six and are trying to catch Atlanta for the final Eastern Conference playoff spot.

Victor Oladipo scored 16 points, Doron Lamb had 14 and Tobias Harris 11 for the Magic.

Cleveland shot 60.5 percent in the first half and 57.7 percent for the game, chewing the Magic defense up inside and out. Hawes and Waiters combined to hit seven of 10 on 3-pointers and the Cavaliers were 20 of 24 (83.3 percent) from the free throw line in a game that was never close.

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