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At the other end of the floor, Howard used his youth and agility to wiggle around O'Neal almost at will, slicing through the paint for layups and hook shots and making the elder center sprint down the court. Howard also banked a jumpshot from the wing and his defensive presence helped Orlando go ahead 46-35 late in the second quarter.
Then James took over, scoring Cleveland's final 10 points of the half -- the last coming on a three-point play over Matt Barnes with 1.1 seconds left -- to trim the Magic's lead to six.
After starting his Cleveland career 0 for 12 from the field, Jamison made his first shot of the game, a layup with 7:29 remaining in the first quarter. He also made the first four baskets of the second half and finished with 19 points.
But he still doesn't know what it feels like to win with his new team.
NOTES: Gina Marie Incandela sang the national anthem, the same 7-year-old girl the Magic had perform for most of their surprising NBA finals run last season. Orlando was 7-0 when she sang until losing consecutive home games to the Los Angeles Lakers in the finals. ... Howard and O'Neal had a simple fist bump before the opening tip. ... Yankees ace CC Sabathia was sitting in the front row behind one basket.
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