Wade, Heat beat Orlando for the second night in a row
Orlando, FL (Sports Network) – Dwyane Wade netted 36 points, grabbed 10
rebounds and dished out nine assists as the Miami Heat dominated the Orlando
Magic for the second night in a row, with a 110-100 victory in the back end of
a home-and-home series at Orlando.
On Tuesday, Wade erupted for 38 points and Shaquille O’Neal added 25 points
and 11 rebounds to lead the Heat past Orlando, 107-93, at AmericanAirlines
O’Neal had only seven points before fouling out at TD WaterHouse Centre, but
had 11 rebounds for the Heat, who have won eight of the last 10 overall.
Antoine Walker added 26 points on 10-of-17 shooting from the floor and hit six
Dwight Howard had a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds for the
Magic, who have now lost six in a row and 10 of their last 11. Tony Battie had
16 points and pulled down nine boards.
During the game, Orlando announced they acquired forward/center Darko Milicic
and guard Carlos Arroyo from the Detroit Pistons, in exchange for forward
Kelvin Cato and a future first-round pick.
The trade announcement did little to spark Orlando as Miami was in front the
entire way and led by as many as 29 points in the contest.
After leading 31-22 after the opening quarter, the Heat went into halftime
with a 51-45 advantage, after the Magic outscored Miami 23-20 in the second
Wade had 15 points on 5-of-11 shooting from the floor for Miami, while Walker
added 13 points, including 3-of-5 shooting from beyond the arc at halftime.
In the third quarter, Wade went coast-to-coast and finished with a one-handed
slam to give the Heat a 13-point lead at 63-50 with 5:23 to go. Miami
outscored the Magic 29-14 in the third frame and took a 80-59 lead into the
final quarter of action.
To open the fourth period, the Heat went on a 9-1 run, with Wade donating four
points during the stretch to go up 89-60 for a commanding 29-point lead.
The Magic made it a 10-point game with around three minutes left, but it was
too little, too late.
Miami improved to 14-14 away from home this season…Gary Payton had 13 points
off the bench for the Heat while Udonis Haslem had 12 points and 12
boards…The Magic dropped to 13-13 at home on the campaign…DeShawn
Stevenson and Hedo Turkoglu each had 14 points for Orlando…The Heat
outscored Orlando 44-26 in the paint…Miami is in first place of the
Southeast division, while Orlando is in third.