Magic overcome 24 point second half deficit and crush Chris Bosh’s hero dreams
I don’t even know what to say about this one. For 2 and half quarters the Magic played absolutely terrible, showed little energy and displayed even worse body language. Meanwhile LeBron James and Dwayne Wade were going off and couldn’t miss a thing in the first half. They combined for 47 in the first while the entire Magic team had only 45.
The second half was a completely different story as the LeWades seemed to just fade into oblivion and Erik Spoelstra’s second half plan to feed the ball to Chris Bosh only further proved that he is, #likeabosh.
The Magic were down 18 at the half and as much as 24 before they began their comeback. Down 19 with 5 minutes left in the third, the Magic began unleashing a three-point barrage behind Jason Richardson amd Jameer Nelson’s hot shooting. They closed the lead to 9 heading into the fourth.
After J-Rich hit two more three pointers, Gilbert Arenas added a three of his own that would tie the game at 82 with 8 minutes remaining. Overall, the Magic started the 4th quarter on an 18-2 run.
The Heat would fight back to make it a three point game with only 8 seconds remaining but the Heat were unable to convert on two wide open three point attempts and the Magic left Miami with the 99-96 victory.
LeBron was scoreless in the 4th while Wade only had 2 points. After combining for 47 in the first, they mustered up only a combined 10 in the second. Weak sauce, LeWade.
Jason Richardson led the Magic in scoring with 24 points and Dwight finished with 14 points, 18 rebounds and 5 blocks. Even though Dwight’s offensive game wasn’t working, he still managed to have a huge impact on the game defensively. It actually should have been 6 blocks if it wasn’t for a phantom Wade foul call late in the game.
Overall, it was the hot three point shooting that allowed the Magic to keep from being down 40 at the half and propelled them to the comeback. Once they started actually making the Heat notice them on defense, they were able to push the ball off missed shots and get good looks from deep.
Orlando shot 16-29 from long distance for the game and 9-14 from deep in the second half. Yea, that’ll help.
Tonight’s come back is a great sign for the Magic and although it’s only one game during the regular season, it is a huge opportunity for the team to come together and grow as a group. They clearly have matchup problems against the Heat, but they were able to fight and scrap their way to a victory tonight and ended the regular season matchups with the Heat tied 2-2.
Things don’t get any easier for the Magic as they are back in action tomorrow night against the Chicago Bulls at home. The game is set for a 7pm tip.
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