The Cleveland Cavaliers won their 13th straight game, the longest winning streak in the NBA this season. The Cavs reshaped their team for games like Thursday’s 115-106 win over the visiting Orlando Magic. They needed to get smaller, quicker, and more capable of defending from the perimeter. They needed a quality big man who could counter, and maybe even agitate Dwight Howard. Perhaps most of all, the Cavs needed someone who could step up and throw one down when the Magic tried to place all those double- and triple-teams in the path of LeBron James. On Thursday, the Cavs (43-11) got all those things and more, and right when they needed them most. They are 4-0 this season against the Lakers and Magic, teams they struggled to beat a year ago. Cleveland can set a record for consecutive wins next week when it hosts Denver on Thursday following the All-Star break.
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