The Cleveland Cavaliers entered Wednesday night’s matchup against the Orlando Magic trailing the New York Knicks by two games for the ninth spot in the Eastern Conference and the Atlanta Hawks by three games for the eighth seed and the final playoff spot in the east.
That made the return of All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving even more important.
Irving missed the Cavaliers’ last nine games before getting back on the court against the Magic on Wednesday night.
Irving was excellent in his first game back. He scored 17 points, dished out eight assists, grabbed six rebounds and had a steal in just 28 minutes as the Cavaliers cruised to 119-98 victory over the Magic.
One of Irving’s most impressive play came early in the game during the first quarter.
Irving has the ball beyond the three-point line and passes it off. He gets the ball back, weaves through traffic and gets the layup.
The Hawks were defeated by the Chicago Bulls and the New York Knicks beat the Nets, so the Cavaliers are now just two games out of the playoffs.