Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving (2) shoots the ball in front of Orlando Magic guard Elfrid Payton (4) during the second half at Quicken Loans Arena. The Cavaliers won 105-99. Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports
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It wasn't always pretty, but the Cleveland Cavaliers held on for a 105-99 victory over the Orlando Magic Saturday to stay unbeaten in the fledgling NBA season.Shooting guard J.R. Smith, whose contract dispute dragged on through training camp before the reigning NBA champs inked him to a four-year deal worth as much as $57 million, gave good value with three three-pointers in the final three and a half minutes as Cleveland won after letting most of an 18-point lead get away.Superstar LeBron James had 23 points, nine assists and six rebounds, Irving added 20 and Smith shook off another slow start to score 16 points -- 11 of them in the fourth quarter.Kevin Love fouled out in the final minute with 19 points and five rebounds as the Cavaliers improved to 3-0 for the season less than a week after raising their 2015-16 championship banner.After controlling most of the contest, Cleveland opened the fourth quarter shooting just 2 of 12 . They went more than five minutes without a basket from the floor, and the Magic had trimmed the deficit to 88-85 with four minutes to play.
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