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Saturday, January 03, 2009

Despite shooting struggles, Magic pull away from Heat in fourth

The Magic, despite shooting just 38% from the field for the game, were able to survive a big game from Miami's Dwyane Wade while holding Miami to just 11 fourth quarter points and 32 for the second half as the Magic, ahead just two points at the end of three quarters, led by as much as 12 points late in the fourth quarter and settled for a 86-76 victory. Miami's largest lead came early in the third 48-45.

Magic leading scorers

Rashard Lewis: 17 points (5 of 12 field goals), 5 rebounds
Jameer Nelson: 16 points (5 of 10 field goals), 5 assists
Dwight Howard: 15 points (6 of 11 field goals), 15 rebounds, 2 blocks
Courtney Lee (bench): 10 points (4 of 10 field goals), 4 rebounds

Miami leading scorers

Dwyane Wade: 33 points (16 of 29 field goals), 7 rebounds, 6 assists
Udonis Haslem: 12 points

Overall game statistics:

FG%: MIA 40.5% (32 of 79) ORL 38.2% (29 of 76)
3 PT FG%: ORL 29.6% (8 of 27) MIA 18.8% (3 of 16)
FT%: MIA 90% (9 of 10) ORL 66.7% (20 of 30)
REB: ORL 54 (17 offensive) MIA 41 (7 offensive)
AST/TO: ORL 19/15 MIA 15/12
BENCH: ORL 24 MIA 20

Other game notes and stats:

-The Heat outscored the Magic from the field 67-66, but the 20-9 free throw edge held by the Magic was the difference
-The Magic attempted three times as many free throws than the Heat (30-10)
-Wade made 16 field goals; the rest of his teammates combined for 16 field goals on 50 attempts
-Hedo Turkoglu shot an awful 1 for 14 from the field for 7 points, but grabbed 11 rebounds with 5 assists
-The Magic starting frontline outscored the Heat starting frontline 39-18
-The Magic used a nine-man rotation with Lee, Battie, Johnson, and Gortat seeing action
-The Heat shot just 4 for 16 in the final period, with Wade going scoreless
-Other than Lewis shooting 4 of 7 from three point range, the Magic were just 4 of 20 from long range
-The two Heat rookies, Michael Beasley and Mario Chalmers, combined to score just 13 points on 5 of 20 shooting

The Magic pick up a full game on Atlanta, who lost to New Jersey in OT, and lead them by 4 1/2 games, as they lost to New Jersey in OT.

The Magic will travel for their Sunday afternoon contest against their first round playoff opponent from last season, Toronto.

For the complete box score, click here

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