NBA Game Summary - Orlando at Miami
(Thursday, March 18th)
Final Score: Orlando 108, Miami 102 (OT)
Miami, FL (Sports Network) - Rashard Lewis recorded his second straight solid game and drained the game-clinching three-pointer with 28.4 seconds left in overtime, and the Orlando Magic recovered from a fourth-quarter swoon to beat the Miami Heat, 108-102, at American Airlines Arena.
Lewis, who posted 12 total points in three games before Wednesday's 20-point outburst against San Antonio, finished with 24 points and 11 rebounds for the Magic, who remain the NBA's hottest team with their 10th win in 11 games.
Vince Carter led five Orlando players in double figures with 27 points, while Jameer Nelson had 15. Matt Barnes posted 13 points and nine boards, and Dwight Howard checked in with 10 points and 11 rebounds in the win.
"That was a great basketball game," said Magic head coach Stan Van Gundy. "I thought our guys played extremely well. Coming out of a game last night, there was a much better fight in us. I was proud of our guys, but we were very fortunate to win."
Dwyane Wade had 36 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists for the Heat, who erased a 12-point deficit in the final five minutes of regulation but suffered only their third loss in nine games. Jermaine O'Neal added 14 points, and Carlos Arroyo had 11 in defeat.
"We came back a lot and gave ourselves a chance," Wade said. "This team just continued to make shots. We threw every punch we had at them, and they came back and countered it almost every time."
Miami took a 100-99 lead with 3:09 left in overtime after a Dorell Wright technical free throw and two Michael Beasley foul shots, but Lewis responded with a deep jumper to put the Magic in front. Carter converted a three-point play on the team's next possession for a 104-100 advantage.
Wade cut the Heat deficit to 105-102 with under a minute to play on a pair from the charity stripe, but Lewis followed with his game-sealing three from the corner to secure the outcome.
The Magic jumped out to a 29-25 lead after one quarter, but Miami pulled even with Orlando, 54-54, at halftime.
An 8-0 run ending with a Nelson basket put the Magic ahead by six, 64-58, with seven minutes remaining in the third, and Orlando led for the remainder of the period. It was 76-71 heading to the fourth.
Miami went with only one field goal for a nearly five-minute stretch in the fourth, allowing the Magic to grab an 88-76 advantage on Howard's two free throws with 5:07 to go.
The Heat, though, responded with the next 12 points, aided by two Mario Chalmers threes. His second three-pointer ended the spurt for a tie game with 1:31 to go, and a Wade triple put the hosts ahead, 93-92, with 49.8 ticks left.
Nelson tied the game on a 1-for-2 effort from the line seconds later, and each team had a successful two-point trip on its next respective possession. Miami had two chances to win it at the end of regulation, but Beasley's shot was blocked by Howard, and Wade's attempt at the buzzer was off the mark.
Miami fell to 3-2 on a six-game homestand...The teams split four games this season, although Orlando has won 14 of the last 17 meetings overall...The Magic sit firmly in second place in the East, 5 1/2 games behind Cleveland and 4 1/2 games ahead of Atlanta for the division lead...Miami is a half-game ahead of Toronto for seventh in the East and three games ahead of Chicago, which sits in the ninth spot.
03/18 23:07:08 ET