CLEVELAND — The Orlando Magic have lost 22 times this season.
Thursday night's defeat probably hurt worse than any of the others.
The Magic took a 10-point lead over the Cleveland Cavaliers with 1:34 remaining in regulation, then made mistake after mistake after mistake.
The Cavaliers tied the score, foiled the Magic's last possession in the fourth quarter and won 87-81 in overtime at Quicken Loans Arena.
"We blew it, bottom line," forward Tobias Harris said.
Almost everyone, it seemed, contributed to the collapse at the end of regulation.
Glen Davis missed one of his two free-throw attempts with 1:04 remaining. Tobias Harris committed a crucial turnover, failing to inbound the ball within five seconds, and coach Jacque Vaughn faulted himself for not calling a timeout on the play. And E'Twaun Moore missed both of his foul shots with Orlando up 79-77 with 9.3 seconds to go.
Even Arron Afflalo, the team's best all-around player, saw Dion Waiters drive past him and score a game-tying layup with 0.6 seconds left.
"I think you give them credit for continuing to play throughout the course of the game all the way to the end," Vaughn said.
"That one's going to sting a little bit. I think our guys played well enough to win the basketball game and basically lost it within the last minute of the game. I'll take a lot of blame for that for not getting us in the right position, and I should've called timeout at the end. And, so, I'll take this one for sure."
The overtime was almost as disastrous as the final 94 seconds of the fourth quarter. Davis and Afflalo combined to shoot 1-for-5 from the field and commit three turnovers.
"It's a tough loss," Afflalo said. "But they did what they did to win the game."
The Magic aren't a tall team even when 7-foot center Nik Vucevic plays.
Without him, they seem almost Lilliputian by NBA standards.
On Thursday night, as Vucevic sat out with a sprained left ankle, the Magic started a frontcourt of Harris, who is 6-feet-9; Davis, who is generously listed as 6-feet-9; and Jason Maxiell, who is 6-feet-7.
Cleveland collected 59 rebounds — with Anderson Varejao gathering a career-high 25 of them — while Orlando managed 49.
The Magic now are 0-5 this season in games Vucevic has missed because of injuries.
His absence curtails their rebounding.
In the four previous games without him, opponents combined to grab 70 more rebounds than the Magic.
His absence hurts their offense.
On Thursday, the Magic made just 38 percent of their shots. In the four games he missed in early December, Orlando made about 42 percent of its shots.
"I know we missed Vooch tonight, but it's not an excuse," Jameer Nelson said. "We've got to fight a little more as a team."
Nelson finished with 14 points, six rebounds and nine assists.
He and the Magic benefited from the absence of the Cavaliers' All-Star point guard, Kyrie Irving, because of an injury and the ongoing suspension of Cavs center Andrew Bynum.
"I still don't know how we won this game," Varejao said. "It was crazy, but I'll take it."
The Cavaliers (11-21) snapped a six-game losing streak.
"We're still learning how to close games out, but I think this one was important," Waiters said.
The Magic (10-22) still need to learn that lesson.
Nothing upset them more than the last 94 seconds of regulation.
"If we got a couple of more stops out there, then it would've been a different game for us," Harris said. "But it shouldn't have gotten to overtime anyway."
Vaughn is one of the most positive people anywhere. But even he acknowledged how much Thursday's loss stung.
"This one's going to hurt, and it's going to hurt for a little bit," he said. "But we have to continue to encourage each other and pick each other up."Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun