The Heat got out to an aggressive start against the Magic, with Caleb draining a three, Bam following it up with a dunk and then Caleb continuing the assault.
With Bam and Herro dominating the Heat got out to an 11-2 lead. Rozier’s shooting was also improved with him hitting a three and facilitating on offense. On the other end, the Magic started to claw back lead by Banchero and Markelle Fultz to get within nine. The Heat reserves didn’t have as much “magic” on offense, as Duncan and KLove both missed looks as Orlando continued to score on the other end. As the quarter entered its final minutes the Magic managed to get within five with their ability to cause turnovers, and score off of them. The Magic rank #2 in steals and it showed early in this one. Klove was able to draw multiple charges, and dish out some very pretty passes to give the Heat momentum headed into the second quarter.
The Heat offense excelled to start the second quarter with Duncan and Jimmy both scoring at the rim. Jimmy was also able to score on a spectacular 360 layup.
The Heat were once again able to get the lead back to double digits, and continued to build off nice scoring from Terry Rozier. The Heat offense was finally clicking with Spo’s new rotations as Herro, Terry and JRich turned into a three headed offensive monster putting Miami up twenty. We have to put a spotlight on JRich who has been great on both ends lately, after starting the season out of sorts he’s been lights out since his DNP in New York. It’s great to have the OG Miami JRich back, and it appears as if he can thrive in this new Spotation.
The Magic fought back to close the gap on an 11-2 run, getting the lead back down to single digits. A bad way to end what was overall a very good first half.
Caleb started the second half the same way he did the first half, with a go-ahead three pointer. With Bam and Terry continuing the momentum the Heat would once again take a double digit lead. Miami did so in style too, with Bam dishing out the ol-DWade euro step. After a quiet game against the Clippers, Bam was deafening tonight. He had 14+ points in third quarter alone and some highlight plays. This All-Star was shining bright.
Turnovers remained an issue for the Heat, but for the first time in what seems like months Miami was able to plug the leak with offense. The Magic hung around though forcing the Heat to bring out its zone defense and settle for some less than ideal shots on the other end. Jimmy was aggressive, continuing his stellar play as of late as he got to the rim and set up his teammates. With Bam, KLove and Herro firing on all cylinders the Heat were once again in control increasing the lead once again to nineteen on a 10-0 run with a Caleb exclamation mark slam dunk.
Miami would go into the fourth quarter firmly in control. The Heat offense and defense was stagnant to start the fourth, while the Magic bit down and cut the lead to ten on an 11-0 run. But two huge Jimmy threes back-t0-back re-captured momentum for the Heat. With Jimmy putting up eight straight points, and Terry delivering multiple death blows to get the Heat up to 22 the reserves would coast the rest of the game to one of the best wins of the season.