On Tuesday night, the Miami Heat fell to the Orlando Magic 104-98 at the Amway Center. Once again, Miami’s lack of size lost got them out-rebounded 46-36, with Dwight Howard accounting for 25 of them. The Big Three combined for 70 points, but that wasn’t enough for the Heat to overcome the Magic.
Dwyane Wade has 28 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocks, while LeBron had 19 points, 11 rebounds, and 9 assists. James had a bad shooting night, going 7-20 from the field, but did knock down 2 out of 4 3-pointers. Chris Bosh went 9-14 with 23 points and 8 rebounds and played 44 minutes, but the Heat just couldn’t get bench production. Mike Miller was out and James Jones filled in well with 8 points, but Shane Battier went 1-5 with only two points and ended up fouling out.
Miami was up 56-45 at halftime, but quickly the squandered the lead in the 3rd quarter. Dwight Howard has 24 points and 25 rebounds in what could have been his last game as a member of the Magic. Jameer Nelson had a great game with 25 points and 4 assists, while Ryan Anderson and J.J. Redick chipped in with 16 and 17 points each. Miami came out flat in the 2nd half and Orlando just kept fighting. The game went to OT where the Magic out scored the Heat 10-4 and ended the game.
It’s a disappointing loss for Miami considering the Heat have been playing well. It’s also their 2nd loss to Orlando this season and it exposed the Heat’s need for a big man. The Heat need to bounce back in a big way the next game.