NBA Playoffs: Magic vs. Cavaliers Game 7 updates, score, highlights, analysis

Cleveland Cavaliers forward Evan Mobley, left, fouls Orlando Magic guard Cole Anthony as he goes up for a shot during the second half of Game 6 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Friday, May 3, 2024, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

The Orlando Magic and Cleveland Cavaliers have saved us. From what, you may ask? From a Round 1 without a single Game 7. Every other series in Round 1 ended without a winner-take-all contest, but the Magic and Cavs are going the distance.

Both teams are trying to reach the second round of the playoffs for the first time in a few years. The Cavs haven't been to Round 2 since 2017-2018. But the Magic haven't been to the second round since 2009-2010, and have four first-round exits since.

The Magic have an even taller mountain to climb today than the Cavs. They're playing the Cavs in Cleveland, and home teams have an advantage not just in general, but in this series specifically: all six games in this series have been by the home team.

Can the Magic beat the Cavs at home for the first time in this series? Can the Cavs beat a young, hungry Magic team? Follow along here for all the action from Game 7.

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  • For the first time in six years, the Cavaliers are headed to the second round of the NBA playoffs, defeating the Magic 106-94. It was a group effort, with Donovan Mitchel, Max Strus, Evan Mobley, and Darius Garland coming alive in the second half to stuff the Magic and send them back to Orlando.

    It looked like Paolo Banchero and this young Magic team were going to walk away with it in the first half, at one point holding an 18-point lead over the Cavs. But the Cavs came out of halftime a different team. Led by Mitchell, the Cavs took control within the first two minutes of the third quarter and never gave it up.

    Read the full recap here.

  • Banchero is doing what he can for the Magic, but even he's running out of, well, magic. He's played over 40 minutes and in the second half was often the only Magic player with a spark. He's been trying to make anything happen after that dominant first half, but he hasn't gotten much help.

  • A few guys are playing hurt right now. Jalen Suggs has been limping for several minutes. Paolo Banchero appeared to land awkwardly with around four minutes left in the 4th. Darius Garland hurt his hand before he shot a few free throws. It's been a physical game, and there's still more to go.

  • What a difference 12 minutes can make. The Magic were on top at the end of the second quarter, with a 10-point lead and a Cavs team looking confused and directionless.

    At the end of the third, the Cavs have an eight-point lead and outscored the Magic by 18 points in the quarter.

  • Max Strus' back-to-back threes just gave the Cavs their biggest lead of the game — six points. Strus has come alive in the second half and the crowd is loving it.

  • The Cavs haven't had a lead since the opening minutes of the game. But with 3:39 left in the third quarter, they took a two-point lead thanks to Caris LeVert's free-throws.

    But without Mitchell taking control, they wouldn't have a lead. He's 10-for-21 with 32 points. It's his game now.

  • Donovan Mitchell has been stepping it up in the third quarter. He's got 24 points in 27 minutes on 7-of-18 shooting, just one point less than Orlando's Paolo Banchero.

  • Just two minutes into the third quarter, the Cavs have been in charge on the court. They narrowed the deficit to just four points and look like a different team.

  • Paolo Banchero is putting everyone on notice.

  • After a long run of success for the Magic, a few calls in a row go the Cavs' way. They've managed to knock Orlando off their game with just over two minutes left in the first half. Cleveland has a lot of ground to make up to put themselves in a good position to start the third quarter, but the crowd is back in it, which should help.

  • Cleveland is shooting 22% so far (0 of 8 from 3). Big reason Orlando has opened up a big lead early in the 2nd quarter. Banchero's hot start is another reason.

  • Paolo Banchero floats a three-pointer to increase the Magic's lead. They're looking very comfortable despite being the visiting team.

  • Nashville's ABC affiliate appears to be a bigger fan of ocean shows than NBA basketball.

  • The Magic are out there hitting some big three-pointers right now. They're 4-for-7 while the Cavs haven't drained one on two attempts.

  • The Cavs aren't starting off particularly well. Jarrett Allen is out due to a rib injury.

  • Welcome to the first and only Game 7 of the NBA playoffs so far. The Magic and Cavs have gifted us a winner-take-all contest on this Sunday afternoon, and you can follow all the action right here.

    Cavs head coach J.B. Bickerstaff started the day with the grumpy, incredulous energy you can only get from an NBA head coach before a Game 7.