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Magic cool off Heat 108-101 in preseason opener

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A balanced scoring effort allowed the Magic to take down the in-state rival Heat, despite some poor play late.

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Tipping off their eight game preseason slate, the Orlando Magic traveled down to Miami to take on the new look Miami Heat. In a back-and-forth battle, the Magic took down their in-state rivals, 108-101 in overtime.

The Magic started the first quarter off slightly slowly, before finding a grove late in the opening 12 minutes. The Magic finished the quarter on a 14-6 run behind strong play from both Kyle O'Quinn and Elfrid Payton. O'Quinn posted eight of his 10 points and all six of his rebounds, while Payton scored two points and picked two Heat players pockets in his first five minutes of action.

After a poor finish to the opening quarter, the Heat bounced back quickly, going on a 13-3 run to open the second quarter. Despite their slow start, the Magic were able to finish the quarter strong, carrying a five point lead into halftime. Tobias Harris and Nikola Vucevic led all Magic scorers with 12, while Luol Deng led the Heat with 14.

Out of halftime, the Heat started the third quarter much like the second: hot. The Magic's balance effort in the quarter allowed them to hold their lead, going into the final quarter up three.

Like much of the game, the two sides went back-and-forth for much of the fourth quarter. Leading by seven with just over three minutes left, the Magic saw Miami get hot and go on a quick 11-2 run. Down by two with just 2.2 seconds left, Andrew Nicholson knocked down a baseline jumper to send the game into overtime.

Following a disappointing final few minutes, the Magic came out firing on all cylinders in the overtime, making quick work of a tiring Heat team. Devyn Marble scored eight of his 13 in the overtime period to seal the game for the Magic.

Vucevic led a group of six Magic men in double figures, finishing with 16 on the night. Tobias Harris followed closely with 15, while both Marble and Fournier contributed 13. Maurice Harkless' 12 and O'Quinn's 10 rounded out the Magic players in double figures.

Chris Bosh and Loul Deng led all scorers, finishing with 18 a piece. Rookie James Ennis poured in 14 off the bench, while Dwayne Wade finished with 11 of his own. Mario Chalmers wrapped up the Heat players in double figures, finishing the night with 10 off the bench.