The Miami Heat (45-14) came into Wednesday night’s game with a franchise record of 15 straight wins. Division rivals, the Orlando Magic (17-45), gave the champions a run for their money in a game that came down to a driving play by Lebron James with 3 seconds left. Despite a 20 point deficit at the beginning of the third quarter, the Magic took the lead and held it until the 3 second mark. The Miami Heat had an extremely cold final couple of minutes, but were able to come from behind to win by one thanks to MVP-candidate, James.
Foul problems were an enormous deterrent for the Orlando Magic. Nikola Vucevic, Maurice Harkless, and Tobias Harris all fouled out of the game in the last few minutes. Nik Vucevic had 25 points and 21 rebounds before fouling out. Harkless and Harris were big time contributors for the Magic. They combined for 28 points and both chalked up a handful of steals and assists. Jameer Nelson had a huge double-double with 16 points and 12 assists. All of these performances combined to equal a huge team effort that undoubtedly excited a fanbase that hasn’t had much to cheer for this season.
The game nearly ended with some controversy, starting when the Miami Heat regained possession with 12.6 left to go in the game while down 95-96. Spoelstra was credited a timeout that he said he did not call. He argued with the refs, who looked pretty confused. Ultimately, the Heat came out with no timeouts left and put their hopes in the hands of Lebron James (good plan). It is insane to think that 26 points and a game-winning shot actually constituted a disappointing outing, because it was paired with only 3 rebounds and 2 assists. Dwayne Wade 24 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 steals.