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Saturday, January 24, 2009

Heat thwart Magic comeback attempt as Magic lose second in a row

The Magic had their largest lead at 21-15 in the first quarter, then saw Miami take control. The Heat held a 32-29 lead after one and 56-52 at the half. The Heat went on a 23-9 run to end the third quarter and led 83-68 going into the fourth. The Magic then went on a 26-11 run to tie the game at 94, but the Heat scored 9 of the final 12 points of the game to defeat the Magic 103-97. The Magic now have their first losing streak since they started the season 0-2.

Magic leading scorers

Dwight Howard: 22 points (9 of 11 field goals),10 rebounds, 3 blocks
Rashard Lewis: 21 points (6 of 12 field goals), 8 rebounds
Hedo Turkoglu: 18 points (6 of 13 field goals), 6 assists
Jameer Nelson: 16 points (4 of 11 field goals), 7 assists

Miami leading scorers

Dwyane Wade: 27 points (11 of 21 field goals), 8 rebounds, 6 assists
Mario Chalmers: 20 points (8 of 12 field goals), 6 assists

Overall Game Statistics

FG%: ORL 47.8% (33 of 69) MIA 47.4% (37 of 78)
3 PT FG%: ORL 36% (9 of 25) MIA 35.7% (5 of 14)
FT%: ORL 78.6% (22 of 28) MIA 75% (24 of 32)
REB: ORL 41 (5 offensive) MIA 36 (6 offensive)
AST/TO: ORL 17/14 MIA 16/4

Other game notes and stats:

-The Heat had just 4 turnovers the entire game
-The Heat bench scored 39 points on 11 of 32 shooting and 14 of 18 free throw shooting, with Chris Quinn and Michael Beasley each scoring 10 points
-The Magic bench combined for 13 points on 5 of 13 shooting, with J.J. Redick leading the Magic reserves with 4 points
-The Magic starting frontline outscored the Heat starting frontline 61-17, and outrebounded them 24-5
-The Heat starting guards outscored the Magic starting guards 47-23 on 19 of 33 shooting compared to 7 of 20 for the Magic guards
-Howard was ejected in the final seconds of the game with his second technical foul
-The Magic scored just 16 third quarter points on 3 of 14 shooting

The Heat stopped a ten game losing streak to the Magic with their first win over the Magic since February of 2006.

The Magic have two days off before resuming action at home against the Pacers Tuesday night.

For the complete box score, click here


  • At 5:21 AM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    It was encouraging to see the Magic make a game of it in the fourth quarter after trailing 83-68 at the end of three.

    I saw the game on NBA TV. No question, some tough calls went against the Magic, especially late in the game on a possession where it seemed clear that Howard was intentionally fouled with the Magic down three but no call was made for some strange reason.

    I'm not going to blame the refs for this one though, as you have to give the Heat credit for turning the ball over just 4 times; that's amazing. Also, their reserves really came through and made the Magic bench look bad outscoring them 39-13.

    The Magic starting frontline did their job, dominating the Heat frontline big-time statistically. The Magic guards, unfortunately, did not play as well as they're capable of for the second game in a row and were dominated by the Heat guards. Nelson once again got off to a slow start, making only 2 of his first 8 shots before coming alive in the fourth to bring the Magic close.

    With another Cavalier win Saturday night, the Magic now trail Cleveland and Boston by a game and a half in the East.

    The Magic have two home games next week to snap out of this two-game funk, with Indiana and then the much-anticipated game against Cleveland, both in Orlando.

  • At 8:18 AM, Blogger Matt said…

    This happens to all teams to lose focus for a game or two, although I am surprised that has happened to a SVG team who had them so focused on the tough road trip. I hope that they use the IND's game as a confidence builder and come out strong against CLE. We have to show that we can grab and hold one of the two top spots in the East.

  • At 6:36 PM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    Not gonna say alot here because i was very disappointed by the way the magic played that game. Not one bit of intensity from the team and watching the game back again it really seemed like they were just going through the motions. When the offense comes easy the magic dont scrap at all,no hands in passing lanes,no bodies on the floor,no hustle at all from the magic.


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