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The Orlando Magic defeat the Miami Heat in a battle for Florida, 116 to 109

The Orlando Magic defeat the Miami Heat in a battle for Florida, 116 to 109

Yesterday’s game between the Orlando Magic and the Miami Heat would mark the first of four games that these two would play each other.  Last season, the Miami Heat finished at ninth place in the Eastern Conference with a 41-41 record, nearly making the playoffs.  The Orlando Magic, on the other hand, landed at the thirteenth spot in the Conference with a 29-53 record.

During the first quarter of the game, the Miami Heat shot fifty-four percent from the field while the Orlando Magic would shoot forty-six percent from the field.  Former Boston Celtics’ power forward Kelly Olynyk would put up seven points while knocking down a three-pointer in the process of doing so.  Hassan Whiteside would score six points while shooting sixty percent from the field.  He also managed to grab two offensive rebounds and five defensive rebounds as well.  Goran Dragic would also score six points while dishing off four assists.

As for the Orlando team, California-native Aaron Gordon would drop seven points which would include one three-pointer.  He also went up to grab three defensive rebounds to add to his performance.  Nikola Vucevic would put up six points, along with one offensive rebound and two defensive rebounds.  D.J. Augustin would come off the bench to contribute with five points but it was the Heat who ended the first quarter with a 37 to 32 lead.

The Magic would shoot forty-four percent from the field in the second quarter while the Heat would end up shooting only thirty-six percent from the field.  Evan Fournier recorded seven points, three coming from behind the three-point line.  Terrence Ross would score five points in the quarter while shooting fifty percent from the field.  Gordon would be limited to only four points but he would grab three rebounds to contribute.

On the other end of the court, former Sacramento Kings’ small forward James Johnson would chalk up four points while shooting a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  Justise Winslow would play for eleven minutes, only to be limited to three points which he earned from behind the arc.  Wayne Ellington would also score three points as the Magic ended the first half with a 26 to 18 run.

During the third quarter of the game, the Heat would continue to struggle as they only shot thirty-eight percent from the field while the Magic shot fifty-six percent.  Elfrid Payton would drop nine points in the third quarter while shooting eighty percent from the field.  He would knock down a three-pointer in the process while he grabbed two defensive rebounds and dished off two assists.  Vucevic ended up scoring eight points while grabbing three defensive rebounds.

As for the South Beach team, Dragic chalked up five points while connecting for a three-pointer in the process.  Both Waiters and Whiteside would put up four points while shooting fifty percent from the field each.  Whiteside would also gobble up four defensive rebounds to add to his performance but the Orlando Magic would go into the last quarter with an 88 to 78 advantage.

In the fourth period, the Magic would shoot forty-eight percent from the field as the Heat shot forty-one percent from the field.  Hassan Whiteside would heat up for fourteen points while pulling down a total of eight rebounds.  He would also connect for his first three-pointer of his career.  Dion Waiter chalked up seven additional points while hitting a three-pointer in the process of doing so.  James Johnson would play for ten minutes only to be limited to four points but he did record three rebounds and six assists.

For the Magic, Fournier would put up nine points as he shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  Former Toronto Raptors’ center Bismack Biyombo would score six points as he pulled down four rebounds.  Ross ended up scoring five points, three coming from beyond the arc and two coming from the free-throw line as the Orlando Magic end up winning the game, 116 to 109.  Evan Fournier finished the game with twenty-three points, one rebound, and three assists.  Hassan Whiteside would finish with twenty-six points, twenty-two rebounds and one assist.

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