Thursday , Feb , 12 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Miami Heat Team Report – February 12

=== Miami Heat Team Report – February 12 ===

(Sports Network) – Dwyane Wade poured in a game-high 27 points and Rafer
Alston added 23, as the Miami Heat defeated the Orlando Magic 111-98 on
Wednesday at TD WaterHouse Centre.

Lamar Odom added 18 points and Brian Grant netted 16 points with 12 rebounds
for the Heat, who snapped a five-game losing streak. Wade finished with 10
rebounds and Alston was hot from beyond the arc, hitting 5-of-6 shots.

The Heat owned a 77-56 lead midway through the third quarter on a free throw
by Eddie Jones. The Magic answered with a 13-6 spurt to climb back in the
contest.

Juwan Howard’s jumper concluded the run, making it an 83-69 game with under
two minutes left. Heading into the final frame the Heat led 87-72.

Orlando’s hot shooting continued and the Magic started the fourth quarter on a
12-5 burst to get to within 92-84. Tracy McGrady’s jumper with under nine
minutes left in the contest cut the deficit to eight points.

Moments later Wade’s jumper ended a 6-2 run that staked the Heat to a 98-86
cushion. The Magic made one last push and made it a 103-96 contest on a
McGrady free throw with 2:01 to play. That was as close as they would get.

Alston ended the threat and sealed the game with a trey, making it 106-96,
with 1:04 remaining.

The Heat are off until after the All-Star break. Miami hosts the Utah Jazz on
Tuesday.

MIA