Orlando snaps Miami winning streak
Miami, FL (Sports Network) – Hedo Turkoglu netted 20 points to guide the
Orlando Magic past the red-hot Miami Heat, 97-83, at the AmericanAirlines
Dwight Howard was a force, scoring 17 points and pulling down 11 rebounds for
the Magic, who had dropped four of five coming in and are fighting for one
of the final Eastern Conference playoff spots.
Darko Milicic also posted a double-double with 12 points and 10 boards.
Shaquille O’Neal scored 20 points while James Posey donated 14 points and
seven rebounds for Miami, which had a nine-game winning streak halted. The
Heat had also won their last 14 contests at home heading into Sunday’s game.
Orlando used a 16-4 run in the latter stages of the first quarter to gain
separation. Turkoglu had six points in the surge, including a driving finger
roll with 1:48 left that put his team in front 24-14.
Trevor Ariza’s two free throws just before time expired made it 28-16 after 12
minutes of play.
The Heat stayed within striking distance for most of the second stanza, but
Orlando scored the last seven points of the half to take a 55-37 advantage
into the locker room. Turkoglu provided the exclamation point, nailing a three
with just one second left to further cushion the lead.
The crowd began to stir after Dorell Wright threw down a reverse dunk with 49
ticks left in the third, capping a 6-0 spurt that brought the home team within
12. J.J. Redick responded immediately with a three-pointer, however, to calm
any comeback hopes. Keyon Dooling then hit a fadeaway jumper as time expired
to give the Magic a 76-59 lead after three quarters.
Miami didn’t seriously threaten in the fourth.
Heat guard Gary Payton, who aggravated a groin injury against Sacramento on
Friday, did not play…Orlando improved to just 11-23 as the visitor this
season….The Magic have won four in a row versus the Heat.