By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Magic 107 Cavaliers 106
CLEVELAND — No longer untested, no longer unbeaten. The Cleveland Cavaliers finally met their match in the playoffs.
Superman’s team stopped them cold.
Dwight Howard scored 30 points, Rashard Lewis added 22 and the Orlando Magic rallied from a 15-point halftime deficit to hand LeBron James and the Cavaliers their first loss of the post-season, 107-106 on Wednesday night in the Eastern Conference finals opener.
James finished with 49 points, eight assists and six rebounds, but the league MVP walked off the floor with a slight limp after Cleveland’s stunning loss. It was just their third loss in 46 home games this season.
Lewis made a three-pointer with 14.7 seconds left and the Magic, who dethroned the champion Boston Celtics in the previous round, survived two shots by Cleveland in the final seconds. Mo Williams missed a catch-and-shoot jumper off a jump ball as the horn sounded and the Cavs fell to 8-1 in the post-season.