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Magic Star Paolo Banchero on his way to Dominant Game 7 Start

ORLANDO — Orlando Magic star Paolo Banchero rises to the occasion in Game 7 of the team’s series against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Banchero, a 21-year-old second-year pro, scored 24 points and grabbed eight rebounds in the first half alone against the Cavaliers while helping build a double-digit lead at halftime.

The Magic led by as many as 18 points, but a point by the Cavs late in the second quarter buckled, leading to just eight.

If the Magic want to close things out in Game 7, Banchero will have to continue to be himself as he leads his team into the second round.

The Magic led 53-43 at halftime of Game 7.

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