Amazing Magic pull off upset in MIA
Nelson scored 26 pts on 9 of 16 shooting. DHoward (16 pts 8 rebs), HTurkoglu (14 pts), and DStevenson (11 pts) all scored in double figures. KDooling (9 pts) and BOutlaw (4 pts 6 rebs 2 steals and a block) had good efforts off the bench. Only 3 Heat players scored in double figures: Dwyane Wade (27 pts but with 7 TOs), Shaq (16 pts 9 rebs), and Udonis Haslem (10 pts).
The Magic outscored the Heat 72-68 from the field on 51.5% shooting. MIA shot 50%. Surprisingly, the Magic had the edge from the FT line, shooting 21 of 30 (70%). The Heat shot just 16 of 23 (69.6%). The Heat decisively won the rebounding battle 37-25. However, the Heat had 20 costly TOs compared to just 12 for the Magic. Magic had just 13 assists, compared to 18 for the Heat. The Heat bench barely outscored the Magic bench 26-24.
The ORL defense was able to keep Shaq under control, 4 of the 5 starters played well for the Magic, the bench stepped in with nice performances (Outlaw and Dooling in particular), the defense played well (forcing 20 TOs) and the refs called a good game (25 MIA fouls, 22 ORL fouls). All those factors combined for a huge Magic win! The Magic streak is now at 8 out of 9, and 12 out of 16. The playoff dream is still alive, at just 3 games back. If the Magic beat ATL Mon night, WAS beats PHI, and NJ beats CHI Tues night, the Magic are only 2 games out!