The Miami Heat returned home after a couple weeks on the road and continued their run of extremely impressive basketball, dispatching the Orlando Magic 90-78. The game wasn't as close as the score would indicate, as the Heat kept Orlando in check from downtown, holding the Magic to a mediocre 37.9% shooting from beyond the arc.
Dwyane Wade led the way for the Heat, scoring 27-points on 13-of-23 shooting, which includes 12 points in the games first 7 minutes. That fueled Miami to a quick 22-11 lead, sending them to their 6th consecutive win, all by double digits. Orlando responded to the Heat's quick start by scoring 13 point in a row, and a triple by Ryan Anderson would give them what would end up being their largest lead of the game at 27-24.
That would be the high point of the game for the Magic, who would then go over seven minutes without scoring, missing 11 straight shots and 14 of 15. The Heat held Orlando to just 12 points in the 2nd quarter and took a nice 43-31 lead into the break. The Magic tried making a run in the 3rd quarter, but Miami pulled away in the final minutes, led by a Shane Battier triple and a Udonis Haslem jumper with 1.8 seconds left. That gave the Heat a 16-point lead heading into the final 12-minutes.
The win moved Miami into first place in the Eastern Conference, a half-game ahead of the idle Chicago Bulls. Even though the Heat are playing some of their best basketball of the season, they insist that their best is yet to come. LeBron James came just two assists shy of a triple double, finishing with 25-points, 11 rebounds and 8 assists.
- Miami's 12-point win was their smallest margin of victory during their current 6-game win streak.
- Dwyane Wade made 13-of-23 from the field, his 10th straight game shooting 50% or better.
- Wade had a great all-around night, adding 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals and 3 blocked shots.
- Chris Bosh was held to 8 points and 9 rebounds.
- Joel Anthony was the unsung hero for the Heat, playing great, aggressive defense against Dwight Howard.
- Udonis Haslem scored 10 points off the bench, though he picked up ‘just' 5 rebounds.
- Mike Miller celebrated his 32nd birthday with 5 points and 6 boards.
The Heat now get a nice day off in their hometown before hosting the 10-21 Sacramento Kings on Tuesday night at the AAA.