Originally posted on Fox Sports Florida  |  Last updated 4/15/12
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Jameer Nelson scored 21 points and the Orlando Magic clinched a playoff berth in the Eastern Conference with a 100-84 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday night. Orlando led from wire-to-wire despite playing without star center Dwight Howard, who has missed the last four games with a herniated disk in his back. The news the Magic made the postseason took a back seat to the team's injury list, which seems to grow by the day. Howard and forward Hedo Turkoglu (facial fracture) are sidelined indefinitely. Coach Stan Van Gundy said before the game he's preparing to play the rest of the regular season and the playoffs without the two players. Orlando took another injury hit in the first quarter when Glen Davis, who had played well at center with Howard sidelined, sustained a sprained right knee and didn't return. He will undergo a further examination Monday. Jason Richardson added 16 points for Orlando, which had five players in double figures. J.J. Redick scored 13. Antawn Jamison led the Cavaliers with 21 points. Donald Sloan scored a career-high 15. Cleveland completed its only set of back-to-back-to-back games this season. The Cavaliers lost in Indiana on Friday and picked up a road win in Washington on Saturday. The Cavaliers again played without rookie point guard Kyrie Irving, who missed his 10th straight game with a sprained right shoulder. Coach Byron Scott ruled Irving out for Tuesday's game in Detroit, but said it's possible he'll return Wednesday night when Cleveland hosts Philadelphia. It's uncertain if center Anderson Varejao will return this season. Varejao hasn't played since sustaining a fractured right wrist on Feb. 10. Orlando was in control throughout in the battle of short-handed teams in extending its winning streak over Cleveland to nine games. The Cavaliers scored 15 points in each of the first two quarters and shot 28.9 percent in the first half. Howard missed his fourth straight game. The Magic originally said he had back spasms, but an examination in Los Angeles revealed the disk injury. Howard will rest the injury for 10 days and will then be re-evaluated. Howard joined his teammates in Cleveland, but remained at the Magic's hotel during the game. He accompanied the team back to Orlando, where the Magic host Philadelphia on Monday. Van Gundy said before Sunday's game that he would consider it a bonus if Howard and Turkoglu return this season. Davis was injured when he went up for a shot and came down awkwardly on his right leg. He crumpled to the floor and was down for a couple of minutes. Davis walked with a noticeable limp to the locker room. He had six points and two rebounds in seven minutes. Earl Clark and Daniel Orton filled in at center when Davis left the game. Clark scored 13 points while Orton added a career-high 11. NOTES: The Magic haven't lost to the Cavaliers since Feb. 11, 2010, a 115-106 defeat in Cleveland. ... Orton had appeared in only nine career games going into Sunday, playing 45 minutes with six points and 10 rebounds. ... Cleveland assigned F Luke Harangody to Canton of the NBA Development League. He recorded a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds Saturday. Harangody started in place of Antawn Jamison, who was given the night off. ... Moondog, the Cavaliers' floppy-eared mascot returned to the court. He sustained an eye injury after being accidentially punched in the mask by Indiana's David West on Wednesday.
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