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Heat 108, Magic 94: Miami picks up 27th straight win

The Heat scorched a shorthanded Magic team in the fourth quarter on Monday, sending Orlando to its seventh straight loss.

Norris Cole, LeBron James, and Beno Udrih
Norris Cole, LeBron James, and Beno Udrih

Orlando Magic co-captain Jameer Nelson couldn't singlehandedly resuscitate his undermanned team in the fourth quarter on Monday night as the Magic fell to the Miami Heat, 108-94. The win is the Heat's 27th in a row, while Orlando's losing streak now stands at seven games.

Final - 3.25.2013 1 2 3 4 Total
Miami Heat 28 27 23 30 108
Orlando Magic 28 18 22 26 94

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Nelson had game-highs with 27 points and 12 assists, good for his 13th double-double for the season.

The Heat bested the Magic behind the three-point line, sinking 15 of its 28 attempts. The Magic limited the Heat to 26 points on 13-of-34 shooting in the paint. But Miami's lethal three-point shooters such as Shane Battier, Ray Allen, Mario Chalmers along with former Orlando player Rashard Lewis were able to beat the Magic from beyond the arc.

Orlando certainly could have used Nik Vucevic, who missed Monday's game with a concussion, because its front court couldn't get any thinner than it did on Monday night, especially after rookie power forward Andrew Nicholson left the game with a left ankle sprain. The team has listed Nicholson as day-to-day, according to head coach Jacque Vaughn.

The Magic hit the road to face the Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday at 7 p.m.