It was a three point barrage for the Orlando Magic (16-10), as they set an all-time franchise record for most three point attempts in a game, outscored Miami 51-15 from the three point line, and never trailed in a 102-89 victory over the Miami Heat (19-7). Both Dwight Howard and Ryan Anderson had double-doubles, with Howard scoring 25 points along with 24 rebounds, four assists, three steals, and two blocks. Anderson had the third highest-scoring game of his career with 27 points, 11 rebounds, and three assists. Dwyane Wade led Miami with 33 points on 15 of 24 shooting. LeBron James had a sub-par outing pointwise, scoring 17 points on just 5 of 15 shooting, though he led the Heat with 10 assists.The Magic started out strong in the first quarter, as Howard had a double-double of 11 points and 10 rebounds after one as the Magic led 26-18. James led Miami with 9 points, but would score only 8 points the rest of the game. The Magic made five three pointers in the second quarter and led by as much as 44-27 before Miami ended the half on a 23-9 run as the Magic led 53-50 after two. Anderson scored 17 of his 27 points in the second, as he shot 5 of 7, including 3 of 4 on three pointers in the quarter. Wade scored 18 of his 33 points in the second, shooting 9 of 10, as Miami made 14 of 20 shots in the quarter.
Miami scored the first points of the third, coming within 53-52, but would get no closer. The Heat shot just 5 of 22 in the quarter, as the Magic led by as many as 17 points and settled for a 77-61 lead going into the fourth. The Magic had their largest lead of the game at 84-65 after a J.J. Redick jumper with just under nine minutes remaining. The Heat then went on a 15-5 run to come as close as 89-80 with just under five minutes remaining. That was as close as they got, as the Magic went back up by 16 points before the final margin of victory of 13 points.
Other game notes:
-Hedo Turkoglu continues to struggle offensively for the Magic, scoring just 3 points on 1 of 6 shooting, but led the team with 7 assists.
-A game after dishing out a season-high 12 assists, the Magic's Jameer Nelson did not have a single assist in 32 minutes, but scored 12 points and turned the ball over just twice.
-J.J. Redick led the Magic reserves with 11 points, including 3 of 7 on threes. The reserves (Redick, Quentin Richardson, Chris Duhon, Glen Davis) combined for 26 points on 6 of 12 three point shooting.
-James, Wade, and Chris Bosh, the three-headed monster of the Heat, combined for 62 points on 25 of 52 field goal shooting. No one else on the Heat scored in double figures, as Shane Battier led the reserves with 8 points.
-The 17 Magic three pointers made ties for the fourth-most three pointers in a game in franchise history.
-Howard's 25 point, 24 rebound game is the third time in his career that he has scored at least 25 points with at least 24 boards in a game.
-Anderson made his first five three pointers, but missed his last six three point attempts. It was his seventh career 20/10 game, three of which have come this season.
-The Heat had 16 fast-break points to just 5 for the Magic, and had 40 points in the paint to 30 for the Magic, but the Magic's huge edge at the three point line and 48-38 rebound advantage were more than enough to carry the Magic to victory.
-No technical fouls for the second straight game for the Magic, after being called for six techs against Indiana.
After a very tough overtime loss to the LA Clippers Monday, the Magic came back strong with a very encouraging win over one of the top teams in the NBA. The Magic's tough schedule continues Friday as they host Atlanta.
Here is the game box score.