Turnover prone Magic can’t hang with Heat
The Orlando Magic fell to the Heat in Miami on Sunday night by a score of 91-81. For the Magic the story was turnovers. 20 to be exact. Despite come back from a double digit lead in the second quarter, Orlando wasn’t able to capitalize on the come back and folded late.
The game remained close until the 6 minute mark in the 4th quarter when the Magic went on a 4 minute run of scoring zero points. Lacking a player to attack and put pressure on the Heat defense, Orlando settled far too many times for “one pass -hold the ball for 10 seconds- take a bad jumper” sequences.
Did I mention turnovers? Keep in mind, Miami is a VERY good defensive team, but many to most of the turnovers tonight were either of a careless variety or just poor decisions with the ball. The combination of bad ball movement, strong Miami defense and Orlando turnovers caused the Magic to score just 34 2nd half points.
Dwight Howard led the Magic in scoring with 18 points but shot just 4-10 from the free throw line and scored only 2 points in the 4th quarter. Quentin Richardson had 15 off the bench on 5 made 3-pointers. Dwyane Wade led the Heat with 31 points.
The season series is now included with each team winning two games. If the current records hold and the Magic can survive the first round, they would likely meet in the 2nd round of the playoffs in May.
It’s never tough to travel down to Miami and beat the Heat, but Orlando had a chance to do it and let it slip away. They looked completely over-matched when it mattered most and their star players couldn’t close when they were needed. It’s one game though and the Magic have, at a minimum, absolutely proved that they are a threat to the Heat in 7-game playoff series.
The Magic are back in action tomorrow night at 8pm EST at home against the league leading Chicago Bulls.