Magic take over top spot in East with win over MIA
DHoward, despite shooting just 6 of 19, had 23 pts 12 rebs. JNelson had 14 pts 5 assists, and just 1 TO. Darko had a nice game off the bench with 11 pts 8 rebs. Dwyane Wade had a typical game for him with 33 pts (15 of 20 FTs) and a career-high 15 assists. Udonis Haslem added 19 pts, and Alonzo Mourning 17 pts. Dorell Wright had a double-double of 12 pts 13 rebs.
The Magic (37 of 81, 45.7%) outscored MIA (36 of 85, 42.4%) from the field 77-75. ORL was 3 of 7 from 3 pt range, MIA 3 of 9. The Magic (30 of 37, 81.1%) had the edge at the FT line (MIA 29 of 37, 78.4%). Miami had a surprising edge on the boards 51-38. The Magic had their best assist/turnover ratio of the year at 20-8, while the Heat also had a very good ratio of 21-8. The Magic depth was dominant, as the reserves outscored MIAs reserves 32-8, despite the fact two MIA starters (Walker and Payton) were demoted to the bench.
Very encouraging win for the Magic, winning a close game on the road, taking the best shot from a Heat team that's desperate for a win. Magic are now 5-1 in games decided by 5 pts or less. The Magic is back in action again SAT night against ATL.