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Watch: Paolo Banchero gets off to a fast start in Game 7 vs. Cavs

Although it’s his first Game 7, the moment isn’t as big for Orlando Magic forward Paolo Banchero.

In the first quarter against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Banchero scored 10 points, three rebounds and two assists. He also went 2-of-2 from beyond the arc. The Magic led the Cavaliers 24-18 at the end of the first quarter.

Banchero – the first pick of the 2022 NBA Draft – broke out this season and made his first All-Star game. In 80 regular-season games, he averaged 22.6 points on 45.5 percent shooting.

He raises his game in the playoffs. In Game 6 against the Cavaliers, Banchero scored 27 points, lifting the Magic to a 103–96 win.

“We definitely learned a lot through this series, seeing what works and what doesn’t work,” Banchero said after the win, via the Associated Press. “Knowing what we have to do to win a game.”

The Magic last won a playoff series in 2009-10. A setback against No. 4 seed Cleveland would be huge for Orlando, which entered the season as the fifth-youngest team in the NBA. It would also increase Banchero’s stardom.