Magic no match for Heat, lose 5th in row
The Heat had a great shooting night, as they outscored the Magic from the field 75-68 on 58.1% shooting. The Magic shot just 40.7%. The Heat also feasted from the FT line, as they hit 32 of 47 (68.1%), and the Magic hit just 25 of 37 (67.6%). MIA also dominated on the boards 46-33. The Magic did do well from the bench, outscoring the MIA bench 38-12. But all the Heat starters scored in double figures and dominated, so it didn't matter much that the Magic bench played well. At least the Magic took better care of the ball, committing only 8 TOs, compared to 19 for MIA. But only 13 assists for the Magic on 33 baskets, which indicates not very good ball movement. Five Magic players scored in double figures, led by Turkoglu, Francis, and Dooling who each scored 15.
GHill had another good game off the bench, scoring 12 pts in 20 minutes, along with 3 steals. Mario Kasun was finally given playing time, and scored 9 pts and had 6 rebs in 15 mins. Here's a real sore spot: PGarrity plays 24 minutes, goes 0 for 5 from the field (all from 3 pt range), and grabs 1 rebound. Can BHill explain why all this playing time is being given to Garrity when he is so shockingly ineffective, and Diener plays only 1 minute? And can Hill explain why he refuses to change the starting lineup, even though loss after loss is piling up? The Magic are now 5 games behind PHI for the last playoff spot, with BOS and TOR now moving ahead of them.