NBA Game Summary - Orlando at Miami
(Friday, October 29th)
Final Score: Miami 96, Orlando 70
Miami, FL (Sports Network) - The Miami Heat showed what they are capable of against an Eastern Conference powerhouse, as Dwyane Wade led the way with 26 points in a thorough 96-70 drubbing of the Orlando Magic in their home opener at American Airlines Arena.
After a loss in Boston and a lackluster win in Philadelphia to start the season, Miami displayed a dominating defense that held the usually potent Magic to 4-of-24 shooting from behind the arc.
"I'm very pleased with the defensive performance for a large part of the game," Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra said. "The second half really generated all of our energy and the majority of our offensive opportunities. I'm encouraged by the effort."
LeBron James had 15 points, seven assists and six boards, Udonis Haslem netted 11 points and Chris Bosh scored 11 to go with 10 boards in the resounding victory.
Dwight Howard battled foul trouble in the second half and finished with 19 points and seven rebounds for Orlando, which pounded Washington in its season opener on Thursday.
Jameer Nelson had 10 points on 3-of-11 shooting, as Orlando shot 30.4 percent overall in the setback.
The Heat were on top 51-45 at halftime before taking total control via a 14-0 spurt to start the third.
James started things with a three-pointer and Wade followed with back-to-back makes from long range. James ended the flurry with a pair of close buckets in the lane, and the Heat were suddenly in front, 65-45, just three minutes into the half.
Nelson ended Orlando's slump at the 8:30 mark, but that was Orlando's only field goal until Mickael Pietrus' deep jumper near the four-minute mark.
Howard picked up his fifth foul with 6:54 remaining in the third, which Miami ended on another eight-point run. Haslem hammered home an alley-oop dunk from Wade, who ended the quarter with an acrobatic make in transition for a comfortable 79-55 cushion.
Miami led by as many as 27 in the fourth and Orlando appeared content to come away on the losing end.
"Our offense in general, other than [Howard] in the post, wasn't good," said Magic head coach Stan Van Gundy. "Their defense was very good, but I think when the defense is good our passing problems become evident. I thought our passing was horrendous tonight."
A James-to-Wade alley-oop slam resulted in a 22-13 Miami lead with less than four minutes to go in the opening quarter.
Orlando ended the stanza on a 9-0 stretch to tie it, 24-24, but Miami wound up on top following a back-and-forth second frame.
Magic guard Jason Williams served a one-game suspension for making contact with an official in the season opener...Quentin Richardson and Rashard Lewis combined to go 0-for-14 from the field for Orlando...Ryan Anderson scored 12 fourth-quarter points for the Magic...Orlando's Vince Carter exited in the third quarter with a back injury and logged just four points...James Jones had nine points for Miami, which won the battle on the glass, 51-40...Miami and Orlando split four meetings a year ago...The Heat head to New Jersey to play the Nets on Sunday, while the Magic look to rebound in New York against the Knicks on Tuesday.
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