NBA Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, November 23rd
(All times Eastern)
Orlando Magic (4-7) at Miami Heat (9-3), 7:30 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Miami Heat will try to extend their winning streak
to six games when they wrap up a home-and-home set with the Orlando Magic.
Miami handed Orlando a 120-92 loss in the Magic Kingdom on Wednesday and was
led by LeBron James' 21 points, seven assists and six rebounds. James Jones
got 17 points and Michael Beasley 14 off the bench for Miami, which shot 51.4
percent for the game and 62.5 percent from 3-point range (15-of-24).
"We find a way to stay engaged and stay sharp," Jones said of coming off the
bench. "My team expects me to come out here and do this when it's asked of
The Heat started the game on a 16-0 run and the 28-point triumph was their
largest against the Magic in the team's history. None of Miami's starters
played in the fourth quarter. Heat guard Dwyane Wade missed his second
consecutive game with a sore knee and is probable versus the Magic.
The Heat have won three in a row at home and are 6-1 in south Florida. Their
bench play has been potent recently and is posting an average of 45.7 points
in the last three games.
Miami has yet to trail during the fourth quarter in all nine of its wins.
Meanwhile, James has scored in double-figures in 507 consecutive games, one
shy of matching Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Abdul-Jabbar scored 10-plus points in 508
games from Oct. 18, 1969 - Jan. 7, 1976.
Phoenix is scheduled to visit Miami on Monday.
The Magic have lost two in a row and five of six games, and were led by Arron
Afflalo's game-best 30 points on Wednesday. Victor Oladipo and Jameer Nelson
scored 20 and 17 points, respectively, for Orlando, which shot 40.8 percent
and committed 24 turnovers, leading to 30 Miami points.
Orlando was outrebounded by a 40-25 margin.
"We're not happy we lost by this many points and we want to do better than we
did tonight the next time we play them," Magic center Nikola Vucevic said. "I
think we can play them better because we played them well last year. We just
have to play better, especially on the defensive end."
Afflalo has either led or tied the team in scoring eight times this season for
Orlando, which is 0-4 on the road.
The Magic, who suffered that aforementioned loss at home to the Heat on
Wednesday, have lost six straight and seven of the last eight encounters with
Orlando has lost four straight and five of its last six trips to the shores of
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