It was about time the Heat stepped up and took care of business. After a lot of losing, Spoelstra decided to use a tighter rotation, and get the W in Orlando before the Heat return home to take on the Hornets. The Heat beat the Magic 99-92.
It wasn't easy, the Orlando Magic played the Heat close, holding leads in the fourth quarter, until Chris Bosh and Mario Chalmers helped put the Heat over the top. Bosh scored 14 of his team-high 32 points in the fourth quarter, and Chalmers was the secondary attacked. Chalmers added 24 points for the Heat.
The Heat pulled ahead mid-way through the fourth quarter on Bosh free throws, and eventually held a 10 point lead in the quarter, this a night after the Magic came back from 20 behind to win a game. The Heat shot 52% as a team and knocked in 12-26 from deep. Orlando won the battle on the glass by 11, powered behind Nikola Vucevic's 33 points and 17 rebounds.
Norris Cole and Dwyane Wade didn't play because of injury. Spoelstra started Shannon Brown in place of Wade, and Chalmers joined him in the starting lineup. Off the bench we say Shabazz Napier score 12 points, Chris Andersen and James Ennis. Josh McRoberts played just over 5 minutes, and that's where the box score stops. Justin Hamilton, Udonis Haslem, Danny Granger, and Andre Dawkins didn't play. It was a tight rotation.
That may hurt the Heat as they play an earlier game on Sunday night at home against the Hornets. We'll see. Dwyane Wade went through shootaround, so there is improved optimism that he may return on Sunday night.
The Heat have now won 10 straight games against the Orlando Magic.