Miami Heat Come Up Short Again, Fall to Magic

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Another preseason game between the Heat and the Magic and another big fourth quarter lead for Orlando. After going up by as many as 14 points in the closing quarter, the Magic ran out of gas as they allowed the Heat to tie the game and eventually take the lead with under 2 minutes left on the clock.

Chris Andersen, Greg Whittington, Gerald Green and James Ennis were the biggest contributors in the quarter as they were all on fire, doing a little bit of everything needed for the Heat to win. In the previous game, Orlando came up with a win on Shabazz Napier's game-winning three, but tonight the case was a bit different as the game went into the overtime after the Heat failed to make a game-winning shot.

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With 16 seconds left in the game, Miami had a two point lead, while the Magic had the ball. They tried to go for the three but they missed, however, they grabbed the rebound and scored two points on a putback to tie the game at 81. Heat then had a final possession and they failed to convert as Green missed the game-winning shot. 

Although Miami got the first lead in overtime, the Magic quickly turned it into their favor and went up by 6 points thanks to the long range shooting. Former Heat player Shabazz Napier had 11 points in the period and was once again the Heat's biggest enemy in the closing minutes. Rookie Justise Winslow had 4 points in the stretch that tied the game at 92 for Miami, but then again, Napier happened. With 17 seconds left to play, the point guard made three free throws to put his team up by 3 points once again.  Miami Heat failed to convert on two three-pointers in the final seconds and lost their third preseason game.

J. Richardson: 18 pts, 3 reb, 1 ast, 3 stl
C. Andersen: 12 pts, 8 reb, 1 ast, 1 blk
J. Winslow: 12 pts, 10 reb, 3 ast, 2 blk
K. Benson: 12 pts, 11 reb, 1 blk
G. Green: 10 pts, 6 reb, 2 ast, 2 stl
J. Ennis: 10 pts, 3 reb, 2 ast, 1 stl
G. Whittington: 7 pts, 12 reb, 1 ast, 2 stl, 1 blk
Tre Kelley: 7 pts, 1 reb, 7 ast

Miami Heat will play their next game against the Houston Rockets on Saturday, October 17. This will be the first game of back-to-back as they will face the division rivals Atlanta Hawks on Sunday night. At the moment, the Rockets have a 1-2 preseason record.

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