Wade scores 33, but Magic hold off Heat 86-76
Published: Friday, January 2, 2009 at 10:54 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 2, 2009 at 10:54 p.m.
ORLANDO, Fla. — Rashard Lewis had 17 points and Jameer Nelson scored 16 to help the Orlando Magic overcome a big game from Dwyane Wade and beat the Miami Heat, 86-76 Friday night.
Dwight Howard, the leader in All-Star balloting, added 15 points and 15 rebounds for the Magic, who extended their regular-season winning streak to 10 straight over their instate rivals.
Wade scored 33 points for the Heat, but the 6-foot-4 guard was shut out in the fourth quarter. The NBA's leading scorer hit 12 of his first 18 shots before finishing 16-of-29 for the game, with six assists and seven rebounds.
The Heat made only two of their first 12 shots in the fourth quarter, and backup forward Tony Battie hit a pair of baskets as Orlando turned a two-point lead into a 75-69 advantage with just over six minutes left in the game.
Howard had a putback and free throw with just over four minutes left to put Orlando ahead to stay, 80-72. The Magic's lead grew to as many as 12 in the final minutes.
Orlando also enjoyed a significant advantage at the free throw line, making 20 of 30 attempts while Miami made nine of 10.
While Orlando (26-7) has been nearly unbeatable against Miami, the Magic have taken advantage of Wade's absence. The Heat's best player has appeared in just four games during the losing streak, including two of the last seven meetings between the teams.
Wade had 21 of the Heat's first 38 points, but no other player had more than Udonis Haslem's six in the first half. Haslem finished with 12 points and Daequan Cook added 10.
The Magic made only three of their first 15 3-pointers, but Lewis hit a pair in the final 65 seconds of the first half to give the Magic a 45-44 lead at the break.
Courtney Lee made a 20-foot jumper at the third-quarter buzzer to give Orlando a 67-65 lead.
Hedo Turkoglu made only one of his 14 field goal attempts and finished with seven points for the Magic, who extended their streak of home wins to nine.
The Heat (17-14) were looking for their sixth win in seven games following Tuesday's 104-95 victory over Cleveland.
Rookie Mario Chalmers and Cook shot a combined 11-of-14 from 3-point range on Tuesday as Miami finished a season-best 61.1 percent from beyond the arc. Chalmers, who hit a season-best six 3s, scored 21 points and matched a season high with eight assists.
Things didn't go nearly as well on Friday night.
Chalmers made only one of seven field goal attempts in the first half, and Cook hit only one of three. They were a combined 3-of-12 from beyond the arc.
The Magic made only 16 of 46 field goal tries in the first half, but hit four more 3s than the Heat and outrebounded them 26-25 to take the halftime lead.
With no turnovers on Tuesday, Chalmers has 19 assists and just four turnovers in his last three games. He didn't have a turnover Friday in the first half and only one in the game.
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