ANDERSON Varejao sank two crucial jumpers in overtime and tied a franchise record with a career-high 25 rebounds as the Cleveland Cavaliers ended a six-game losing streak by narrowly beating the Orland Magic 87-85 last Thursday (Friday, Manila time).
The Cavaliers were without Kyrie Irving, who missed his first game this season due to a bruised left knee. The All-Star point guard is averaging a team-high 22.2 points.
The Magic held a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter but failed to maintain it. Cleveland tied the game on Dion Waiters' layup with .06 seconds left in the regular period.
Varejao's basket with 2:07 remaining in OT gave Cleveland the lead 83-81. He added another basket with 1:34 left and hit two free throws with 23.9 seconds remaining to finish with 18 points.
Glen Davis scored 16 points for the Magic, who scored only two points in the extra session.