ORLANDO, Fla. -- Maybe the Miami Heat don't need Jarvis Varnado to try contesting every shot within his reach for him to give them a lift.
The 6-foot-10 Varnado, who is the NCAA's all-time leader in blocked shots, recorded nine rejections in the Heat's first two Orlando Pro Summer League games. But on Tuesday, he turned in an usual linescore for him -- 16 points with only two rebounds and no blocks -- in a wire-to-wire 94-80 win over the Orlando Magic.
"I still need to go out and block a shot at least once, he said. "But I've just been working on my offense and taking it one day at a time. I didn't get off to a good start on the offensive end the first two games. This game, I just slowed down, being patient, taking what the defense gave me.
On the Heat's first possession, the Magic gave Varnado a wide-open look from the elbow and he capitalized on it. Aside from that, the bulk of his offense came near the rim. Varnado, who never got to the free-throw line once in eight games in ...