However despite this loss, James says he's staying with this team regardless of the trade deadline rapidly approaching.
Simmons hit a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to give the Magic a 92-89 lead entering the final quarter.
"To be honest, adrenaline was just going, and I didn't even realize what was going on", Simmons said after the game (ESPN).
The Cavs started out strong in the first quarter, as well as throughout the second. They scored only 9 points in the fourth quarter and dropped a 21-point lead before losing by 18. The trio of Isaiah Thomas, Derrick Rose and JR Smith combined to go 0-for-17 (0-for-7 from 3-point territory) after the first quarter.
"[Lue] being out is an excuse, and I've been around too long to make excuses like that", Dwayne Wade said of the Cavs' poor second half. They are the East's No.3 seed, trailing the Boston Celtics and Toronto Raptors by six games in the loss column. They have LeBron. I think there's great danger anytime you play a team he's on.
Jonathon Simmons led the way for the Magic with 34 points, 22 of which came in the third quarter.
Every other Magic starter scored in double figures.
The Cleveland Cavaliers was expected to continue their dominance in the National Basketball Association this season as they have done the last three years.
"He (Lue) said he wasn't feeling well and was going to go back (to the locker room) for a second and he would be back", Drew said.
Magic: Host Atlanta on Thursday. The Cavaliers were outscored 65-31 in the second half while shooting just 30.8 percent from the field to drop to 42.9 for the game.
The Cavaliers will look to get it together (again) this Wednesday at home against the visiting Minnesota Timberwolves. So, the media was more interested in talking to LeBron about the trade rumors that floated around earlier in the day.
James reportedly backed former Cavs general manager David Griffin, but the team let him go last summer. Oh-and their playoff hopes would skyrocket. Since the departure of his championship partner in crime, Kyrie Irving, the Cavs have struggled all season, both on and off the court.
"We've got a great opportunity tomorrow against a team that beat us up pretty good before", James said. "I owe it to my teammates to finish the season out, no matter how it ends up, so I would never waive my no-trade clause". "I'm here for this season right now to try to figure out ways we can still compete".
Lebron's reluctance to waive his no trade clause does not take into account that the Cavs need to rebuild and nothing could be better than a super short one half year rebuild. Draymond Green was ejected for the third time this season after lobbing the ball at an official.