Grades: Miami Heat 101, Orlando Magic 99 | Magic Basketball



Nov 24

Grades: Miami Heat 101, Orlando Magic 99

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Miami Heat 101 Final
Recap | Box Score
99 Orlando Magic

Nikola Vucevic
5-9 FG | 1-2 FT | 9 REB | 1 AST | 11 PTS | -8

Just like on Wednesday, the Heat subdued Vucevic on offense by trapping him and forcing the ball out of his hands. To counteract that, the Magic tried running pick-and-rolls for Vucevic to free him up for midrange jump shots — executing them quickly in an attempt to beat Miami’s traps — but those plays ended being only mildly successful. Vucevic just couldn’t get into a rhythm.

Victor Oladipo
4-8 FG | 8-9 FT | 7 REB | 4 AST | 17 PTS | -1

There are games when Oladipo relentlessly attacks the rim and nothing good comes out of it. Then there are games when he’s able to finish through traffic, and also draw fouls and get to the free throw line. This game was the latter. But it wasn’t all rainbows and lollipops, as Oladipo missed a potential game-tying jumper at the end of regulation.

Glen Davis
7-13 FG | 6-8 FT | 2 STL | 5 REB | 20 PTS | +2

297 days. That’s how long it had been since Davis last played in an NBA game. Fully recovered from a fractured left foot, Big Baby didn’t miss a beat. His midrange jumper was falling and he was converting on his running hooks. He played so well off the bench that he was on the court for the entire fourth quarter in his first game back.

Arron Afflalo
7-17 FG | 2-6 3P | 7 REB | 5 AST | 18 PTS | -6

With 15.1 seconds left and the Magic trailing 101-99, Afflalo got the ball at mid-court and drove to the basket but got blocked by Chris Bosh as he went up for a shot. For as well as Afflalo has played this season, he continues to struggle in late-game situations when Orlando gives him the ball and need a bucket to tie or win a game.

Miami Heat

The Heat lollygagged in the first half, then started trying after halftime. The Magic were able to withstand Miami’s increased intensity until the very end when LeBron James made a go-ahead jumper with 15.1 seconds left to give Miami a narrow two-point victory. Despite LeBron’s heroics, it was Dwayne Wade who led the way for the Heat, looking spry and making several spectacular plays.