Orlando dominates Miami
Orlando, FL (Sports Network) – Dwight Howard scored 18 points and pulled
down 10 rebounds as Orlando trounced a short-handed Miami team, 97-68, at
Trevor Ariza added 16 points and 10 boards off the bench for the Magic, who
snapped a four-game skid. Tony Battie chipped in with 12 points for Orlando.
Jason Kapono led the offensively challenged Heat with 15 points. The team was
playing its second consecutive game without All-Star guard Dwyane Wade. Wade
sprained his right wrist against Chicago on Wednesday.
Dorell Wright was the only other Miami player in double figures with 12
points, as the Heat dropped their third straight game.
The teams were deadlocked at 27 after the opening 12 minutes but Orlando used
a stifling defense in the second quarter to take control of the contest. The
Magic allowed Miami to score just 10 points in the frame and used a 12-0 run,
highlighted by a pair of Howard hook shots, to build a 44-31 edge with just
over three minutes left until intermission.
The Magic finished the half with an 11-point cushion, 48-37.
Orlando continued to pull away in the third quarter and held a commanding
74-57 lead entering the final frame.
Miami had no answer in the fourth as the Magic kept piling it on. Battie’s
turnaround jumper, with 7:45 left, gave Orlando a 21-point lead, 80-59.
About 4 1/2 minutes later, J.J. Redick’s three ignited the crowd and gave the
Magic an 87-61 edge.
Orlando then cruised to the finish line from there.
The Magic are now 11-6 at home this season…Miami is 5-9 on the road this
season…Orlando has now won three in a row versus Miami, but the Heat is 10-4
in the last 14 meetings…The Magic dominated inside the paint, outscoring
Miami 50-14…Miami is 0-4 this season without Wade.