It was the Heat's second win over Orlando in as many days, and
they did it without a huge game from Shaquille O'Neal. The All-Star
center had seven points and 11 rebounds before fouling out with
27.6 seconds remaining.
O'Neal's big inside presence did rattle Magic center Dwight
Howard, who didn't hit a field goal until the 4:34 left in the
game. Howard was 14-for-18 from the foul line and finished with 16
points and 11 rebounds.
"We have a three-game winning streak and guys are playing good.
Shaq and myself are getting into the flow," Wade said.
Orlando trailed by 21 at the end of the third quarter, and by 29
into the fourth, but used an 11-point run to close within six with
2:13 left. Gary Payton then hit a 3-pointer from the corner with
1:55 remaining -- and another from the same spot with 48.8 seconds
left -- and Wade hit several free throws to help seal the victory.
"We missed some shots and didn't execute the way we're capable
of executing, and the next thing you know they just crept back in
it," Walker said. "You have to give them credit. Any team on a
losing streak, if they got any pride in themselves, they're going
to fight back, and they fought back and made it interesting down
The Southeast Division-leading Heat coast into the All-Star
break with a 32-20 record and good prospects for the rest of the
Orlando has now lost 10 of its past 11 games, entering the break
with a 19-32 record and very little chance of making the
"We've just got to get everybody on the same page here. It's a
disappointing first half to the All-Star break," Magic coach Brian
Grant Hill had seven points in 14 minutes, coming off the bench
for the third straight game after missing 13 while recovering from
a sports hernia.
Miami has won 10 of its last 11 meetings with Orlando. ...
O'Neal, still a fan favorite from his days with the Magic, was
received warmly by the road crowd. ... Alonzo Mourning fouled out
with 8 seconds left, finishing with five points and two rebounds.