Despite being shorthanded, the Orlando Magic remained competitive with the hottest team in the NBA, the Miami Heat, for much of their all-Sunshine State matchup. However, in the end, the Heat got a near triple-double from LeBron James as they defeated Orlando 108-94 on Monday night at the Amway Center.
“When they got rolling, we had to try to stop them,” said Orlando’s Kyle O’Quinn. “But they got rolling too quick.”
James paced Miami (56-14) with 24 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds, while Mario Chalmers had 17 points, Chris Bosh recorded 12 points and nine rebounds, Ray Allen tallied 12 points and Rashard Lewis finished with 11 points.
The Magic (18-53) received a game-high 27 points from Jameer Nelson, who also dished out 12 assists, while Tobias Harris scored 20 points, E’Twaun Moore registered 13 points, nine rebounds and seven assists and O’Quinn notched 12 points and six boards.
The Heat outshot Orlando 37 of 78 (47.4%) to 37 of 86 (43%) from the field and 15 of 28 (53.6%) ...