Magic take care of Cavaliers at home, begin 2019-20 season on high note
Evan Fournier scored 16 points for Orlando, and Markelle Fultz had 12 points and six assists. It was Fultz’s first game with the Magic after the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 draft was acquired in a February trade with Philadelphia.
Darius Garland finished with eight points on 3-for-9 shooting in his NBA debut. Garland was drafted by Cleveland with the No. 5 overall pick in this year’s draft.
Fournier scored to give Orlando a 53-33 lead with 2:37 left in the first half, but Cleveland battled back in the third quarter.
Sexton made a 3-pointer and Thompson had two straight buckets to trim the Magic’s lead to 59-54 with 7:31 left.
Cavaliers: Garland also had five assists.
Magic: Fultz made his first four shots, none of them from beyond 10 feet, and finished 6 for 12. … The Magic have won five of eight against the Cavaliers since losing 17 straight.
Cavaliers: Home opener Saturday against the Indiana Pacers.
Magic: Play at Atlanta on Saturday.