The Miami Heat’s Big Three was a bit too much to handle for the Orlando Magic who just simply didn’t get a break all game long. The Heat’s Chris Bosh, did get one. Early in the first quarter, when he took his first shot, the ball slipped out of his hands and flew at least two stories high before somehow, as in one of those viral internet videos, the ball came down and into the basket. Chris Bosh didn’t miss the first six shots of the night and ended up with 23 points and 7 rebounds in one heck of a comeback. Let’s just take into account that his previous two matches were quite a disappointment. Bosh was 7 of 27 in his previous two games before he got things moving in the fourth quarter for the Miami Heat to hold off the Orlando Magic and take a 91-81 win at home. Now the series between the two Florida teams is tied at two games apiece at home.
But it was Dwayne Wade who would really turn things around in the fourth quarter. Wade managed to score 14 of his 31 points in the last quarter. He finished the night with 31 points and 6 rebounds and 4 assists. His numbers could had been a bit higher had it not been for the efforts made by the Orlando Magic to keep him from scoring the 24.5 points and 14.5 rebounds he averaged on the three previous matches they had this season. LeBron James, the last member of the Big Three, finished with 14 points, 12 rebounds, seven assists and five steals for the Heat. His role as the usual high scorer gave space to another role. On this game, James worked something like a facilitator. His pass with 3:46 left made it past two Magic defenders and set up Bosh for the final and decisive blow. The play stretched Miami’s lead to 84-73, and it was pretty much over by then.
The Magic put on a good effort but it wasn’t nearly enough to slow down the Heat. Dwight Howard finished the night with 18 points and 11 rebounds for Orlando. Quentin Richardson chipped in with a 15-point night that included 5 for 7 shooting from 3-point range. At 29-17 for the season, the Orlando Magic has had a good season so far, but head coach Stan Van Gundy was certainly not happy with his team performance: “Our effort defensively early in the game was not there. We did not come to play. That’s inexcusable particularly playing on the road against a team this good and then the 20 turnovers.”
The Orlando Magic got some additional help from Jameer Nelson with his 13-point night and Jason Richardson’s 12 points for the game. But perhaps it was on the defense that things got a little better for the Heat. And that might had made a big difference. The Heat got their act together. Miami was outrebounded by 10 in Orlando, then by 16 in Chicago and 12 in Philadelphia. But not this time, specially not with LeBron James playing like he did. The Heat outrebounded Orlando 42-36.