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Sunday, February 28, 2010

Game review: Magic (40-20) 96, Heat (29-31) 80

Despite Dwyane Wade's unexpected return from injury and Dwight Howard's sub-par game, the Magic received balanced scoring and an excellent defense effort in holding Miami to 32 second half points in the victory.

The Magic led by no ore than 5 points and the Heat no more than 4 points in the first quarter as the Magic led after one 26-24. The Magic led 33-26 in the second quarter but saw the Heat come back to lead 40-38. The Magic then went on a 14-5 run to lead 52-45 before settling for a 52-48 halftime lead. The Heat came as close as 59-58 with 5:34 remaining but the Magic went on a 17-6 tun to end the third and led 76-64 going into the fourth. The Magic maintained a double digit lead in the fourth quarter until 2:08 remaining when the Heat came to within 88-80, but the Heat would not score again for the rest of the game.

Magic leading scorers

Rashard Lewis: 22 points (8 of 14 FGs, 2 of 7 3 PT FGs)
Vince Carter: 17 points (7 of 10 FGs, 2 of 4 3 PT FGs), 2 steals
J.J. Redick (bench): 15 points (3 of 7 FG, 2 of 4 3 PT FGs, 7 of 7 FTs)
Jameer Nelson: 12 points (3 of 8 FGs, 5 of 6 FTs) 4 assists, 1 turnover

Overall Game Statistics

FG%: ORL 45.7% (32 of 70) MIA 39% (30 of 77)
3 PT FG%: MIA 37.5% (6 of 16) ORL 29.2% (7 of 24)
FT%: ORL 83.3% (25 of 30) MIA 77.8% (14 of 18)
REB: MIA 38 (11 offensive) ORL 37 (8 offensive)
AST/TO: MIA 17/15 ORL 15/8

Other game notes and stats:

-Dwight Howard saw his Magic team-record of 20 straight double/doubles come to an end, as he had 7 points on 1 of 7 shooting, 5 rebounds, and 3 blocks as he played just 25 minutes and wound up with 5 fouls
-Marcin Gortat, in 23 minutes of playing time due to Howard's foul trouble, played well with 9 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 blocks
-Carter and Lewis combined to score 39 points for the Magic on 15 of 24 shooting compared to their 17 point effort on 6 of 21 shooting Friday
-Wade, in his return, led Miami with 21 points but shot just 6 of 17 with 5 rebounds, 5 assists, and 5 turnovers and scored just 4 second half points; Jermaine O'Neal added 16 points and 6 rebounds
-Former Magic PG Rafer Alston, shooting just over 34% entering the game, scored 15 points on 5 of 8 shooting, including 4 of 6 on threes
-Quentin Richardson led the Heat with 10 rebounds
-Last year's second pick of the draft, Michael Beasley, scored just 1 point in 18 minutes
-The Magic made just 1 of their first 10 three pointers, then made 6 of their final 14 attempts
-The Magic outscored the Heat 44-32 in the second half
-Matt Barnes led the Magic with 8 rebounds
-Brandon Bass was the reserve PF for the Magic instead of Ryan Anderson and scored 2 points with 3 rebounds in 16 minutes

Here is the complete recap and box score from nba.com.


  • At 4:30 AM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    The players really stepped up to make up for the fact that D12 had an off-game. Gortat was solid, the bench played well, and Lewis and Carter played a heck of a lot better than they did Friday, and Nelson did a nice job running the offense.

    Outstanding defense by the Magic in the second half in holding the Heat to 32 points and Wade to 4 points.

  • At 2:26 PM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    Yea we had to have that game seeing as how they beat us twice already. SVG went right at beasley with rashard in the post to start the game and it caused him to stay in funk the rest of the way,good move by SVG. VC and the guys really picked it up and i like they way marcin moves without the ball to get easy lay-ups. JJ really has picked up his dribble drive game and made a really impressive three point play lay-up with the left hand. Good win.


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