Grades: Miami Heat 108, Orlando Magic 94 | Magic Basketball



Mar 26

Grades: Miami Heat 108, Orlando Magic 94


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Miami Heat 108 Final
Recap | Box Score
94 Orlando Magic

Jameer Nelson
9-20 FG | 5-10 3P | 5 REB | 12 AST | 27 PTS | -21

You could tell that Nelson wanted to be the one to help end the Heat’s winning streak. He was the architect of a 15-4 run midway through the third quarter that tied the game at 68 apiece after Orlando trailed by 11 earlier in the period. Nelson was gunning and dishing, accounting for 12 points during the scoring surge, but it wasn’t enough.

Tobias Harris
8-14 FG | 2-5 FT | 2 BLK | 5 REB | 20 PTS | -19

Harris had the enviable task of trying to defend Chris Bosh mano-a-mano, but he was up to challenge. Bosh, a premier scoring big man, shot 2-for-9 when being defended by Harris, despite having a size and length advantage. Harris contested nearly every shot with vigor and used his strength to push away Bosh from his pet spots on the court.

E’Twaun Moore
6-13 FG | 1-3 3P | 9 REB | 7 AST | 13 PTS | -6

Starting in the place of the injured Arron Afflalo (strained right hamstring), Moore stuffed the stat sheet. By the way, did you know that he could dunk? He did just that in the third quarter when Nelson fed Moore in transition for a one-handed slam. It was a rare display of athleticism from Moore. How rare? It was Moore’s fourth dunk of the season.

Kyle O’Quinn
6-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 BLK | 6 REB | 12 PTS | +2

The biggest takeaway from O’Quinn’s performance was his ability to knock down midrange jumpers in pick-and-pop sets with Nelson. That’s going to have to be a shot that O’Quinn can hit with regularly, given that he plays mostly below the rim offensively due to a lack of explosive athleticism. So far, the early returns on his jumper have been positive.

Miami Heat

For most of the night, Miami didn’t take things seriously. And that’s mainly because LeBron James was going through the motions. Then late in the third quarter, LeBron started trying and triggered a 20-2 run that put the game out of reach — accentuated by his two colossal dunks. It speaks to his greatness that he lollygagged his way to a near triple-double (one rebound shy).