Playing in their third game of a four games in fight nights stretch, the Orlando Magic took a trip down south to take on the in-state rival Miami Heat. A great defensive possession on Dwyane Wade gave the Magic their first win in 10 meetings against the Heat, taking home the 102-101 victory.
Right out of the gates, the Magic looked to have a lot of energy, jumping out to a quick 7-0 lead. Despite the quick start, the Magic had their share of struggles throughout the quarter. Miami was able to get a string of easy buckets, however, thanks to lackluster defense and an inability to hold onto the ball from the Magic. Both teams had highly efficient quarters, finishing with shooting percentages over 52 percent. Chris Bosh, who returned to the lineup for the first time after missing either games with a calf injury, led all scorers with seven, while Nikola Vucevic led the Magic with six.
Following a hot shooting first quarter, the Magic came out cold to begin the second. In the first half of the quarter, the Magic made just four of their 13 attempts, two of which came from beyond the arc. The second half of the quarter was a different story, however, with the Magic shooting 7-of-8, with all seven makes coming from Vucevic and Victor Oladipo. If not for their turnovers -- 10 leading to 16 Heat points -- the Magic might've found themselves with the lead at the half. Danny Granger turned back the lock, knocking down five three balls to lead all scorers with 15 at the half. Vucevic continued to lead the Magic, finishing with 14 points and five rebounds in the first 24 minutes.
Out of halftime, the Magic struggled initially, falling behind by 10 just minutes into the third quarter. However, they stayed resilient, and began to find their groove as the quarter got older. They took much better care of the ball, turning it over just once, compared to five miscues from the Heat. The Magic also had to deal with some uneven officiating at times, with players getting hit on drives and not getting calls on multiple trips down the floor. Vucevic continued to lead the Magic with 20 points and seven rebounds, with Bosh leading the way for the Heat with 19 after three.
With the game tied, Dwyane Wade began to take over. Wade, who had a quiet 10 points through three, just imposed himself, getting to the free throw line at will, while also knocking down a handful of tough shots. The Magic, despite not getting many foul calls, hung tough and continued to push the Heat to the brink. After Vucevic won a jump ball against Luol Deng, which led to a bucket from Oladipo to tie the game up. Another stop gave the Magic a chance to take a two point lead with just seconds left. Oladipo drove and was fouled, but was only able to make one of two, giving the Heat a chance to win it with 6.3 seconds left. Wade's last second shot fell off the front rim, giving the Magic their first win against the Heat in their last 10 matchups.
Hot shooting from deep aided the Magic in their big win in Miami. The team knocked down 11 three-pointers on the night, eight of which came from Oladipo, Harris and Channing Frye. Vucevic led all scorers, finishing with 26 on the night. Oladipo finished with 22, including three big ones late that helped the Magic get their win. The cousins Harris and Frye rounded out Magic men in double figures, finishing with 18 and 13 respectively.
Wade scored 15 in the final quarter, finishing with 25 points on the night. Granger, who knocked down six three balls total, finished with 21, while Bosh had 20 in his return to the line up. Deng rounded out Heat members in double figures, finishing with 14.