Miami Heat Team Report – December 20
=== Miami Heat Team Report – December 20 ===
(Sports Network) – The Heat continued their hot streak with a 117-107 victory
over the Orlando Magic at American Airlines Arena on Sunday night.
Shaquille O’Neal poured in a team-high 27 points, Eddie Jones added 25 and
Miami won its eighth straight. Dwyane Wade added 22 points, including 10-of-11
from the line for the Heat, who shot 8-of-17 from beyond the arc.
Udonis Haslem, Keyon Dooling and Christian Laettner each posted 10 points in
Jones ended 3-of-5 from three-point land for the Heat, who finished 43-of-83
from the floor.
In a tightly contested fourth quarter, Orlando took a short lived lead,
103-102, on Tony Battie’s jumper at the 5:16 mark.
However, the Heat regained the lead for good as Jones’ three-pointer sparked a
13-0 burst to put the game away. Dooling’s trey from the top of the key capped
the spurt, pushing the Heat advantage to 115-103 with 1:33 left, effectively
putting away the game.
The Magic never recovered en route to the 10-point loss.
Miami improved to 10-3 at home this season. The Heat have won eight of 12 and
nine of the last 14 meetings in this series.
The franchise record for most wins in a row by the Heat is 11 straight. That
occurred from January 27th to February 20th, 1997.
Miami has a day off before hosting the Boston Celtics on Tuesday evening.