Magic turn down Heat in second half

Magic turn down Heat in second half

first_img(Field Level Media) Orlando’s defence shut down Miami in the third quarter, and the Magic overcame poor shooting in the first half to cap off a six-game road trip with a 105-90 win. The Magic turned the tables on Miami in the third quarter, outscoring the Heat 30-12 in the period. It was Miami’s lowest point total in a quarter this season, and Orlando took a 76-62 lead after three quarters.The Magic held off a Miami comeback in the fourth quarter. Kelly Olynyk made three 3-pointers in a row to cut the deficit to 81-75, but the Heat could never trim the lead to less than six.Aaron Gordon scored 16 of his 20 points in the critical third quarter. Nikola Vucevic had 19 points and 10 rebounds, and Terrence Ross added 19 points off the bench. The Magic play their first home game in over two weeks against the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday. Orlando missed 15 straight field goal attempts over an eight-minute stretch in the first and second quarters, but the 3-point shot kept the Magic in the game early.Orlando went 7-for-10 from the 3-point line in the first half, and only trailed 50-46 at halftime, despite shooting just 40 percent from the field.Magic rookie Mo Bamba broke the field-goal drought when he tipped in a Gordon miss with seven minutes left in the second quarter. That ended a 14-1 run by the Heat with Hassan Whiteside resting on the bench. Whiteside got off to a hot start with 10 points and six rebounds in the first quarter, but finished the game with just 12 points and nine rebounds. Miami begins an 11-day, six-game road trip on Thursday at Phoenix.Tyler Johnson and Derrick Jones Jr. returned from injury for Miami. Johnson had missed the last six games and Jones the last two — both with hamstring injuries.The Heat were forced to play without a point guard during those six games as Goran Dragic remains sidelined with a knee injury. Dragic missed his eighth straight game, and Dion Waiters (ankle) has yet to play a game this season.last_img

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