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Jan 05

Grades: Miami Heat 110, Orlando Magic 94

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Miami Heat 110 Final
Recap | Box Score
94 Orlando Magic

Arron Afflalo
5-16 FG | 6-6 FT | 8 REB | 3 AST | 16 PTS | -9

Chalk this up as an off night for Afflalo. He got the looks he normally gets, but the shots didn’t fall. Every once in a while, the length of a Heat defender would give Afflalo trouble and force him to alter his jump shot ever so slightly, but it wasn’t a noticeable trend. Sometimes a player’s shot is off-kilter. That’s what happened to Afflalo.

Jameer Nelson
7-11 FG | 5-8 3P | 6 REB | 5 AST | 21 PTS | -4

Nelson was in rare form against Miami. He got off to a quick start, making three consecutive 3s in the first quarter. He kept gunning it from deep, mainly on pull-ups in transition as the game went along, and finished with his first 20-point game of the 2013-14 season. It was a throwback performance for Nelson on a throwback night.

Tobias Harris
7-16 FG | 1-5 3P | 10 REB | 1 AST | 17 PTS | -15

More bad than good came out of this game for Harris. He displayed a lack of awareness defensively midway through the third quarter when he fouled Rashard Lewis while he was shooting a 3-pointer and allowing him to convert a four-point play. And Harris’ insistence to chuck up 3-point shots himself — and miss them — is not paying dividends on offense for the Magic.

Victor Oladipo
5-13 FG | 4-4 FT | 6 REB | 3 AST | 16 PTS | -12

Even though Andrew Nicholson got the start, head coach Jacque Vaughn — in an attempt to match up with the Heat — gave the bulk of Nicholson’s minutes to Oladipo as Orlando went small. Unfortunately for the rookie, Dwyane Wade took him to school. That was no more evident than when Oladipo lost Wade several times on defense on backdoor cuts.

Miami Heat

Lewis got the start at power forward in place of Shane Battier (quadriceps) and put up a vintage performance against his former team. He scored a season-high 18 points and looked like the stretch four that terrorized defenses during the Stan Van Gundy-Dwight Howard era. Even though LeBron James had a quiet night, it didn’t matter, given how well Lewis played alongside Wade and Chris Bosh.