The 102-89 loss against the Magic on February 8th was the most crushing defeat the Heat has had during the season; the final scoreboard doesn’t make justice on how good Orlando played, and how bad Miami looked.
“If somebody starts rolling, then all the attention’s going to be on them. Then we’ll swing it around, and we’ve got another shooter,” Magic Ryan Anderson said. “I think when the crowd gets into it, when we have great energy as a team, and we’re being really unselfish and moving the ball, it is contagious.”
Dwight Howard was unstoppable as he had an impressive 25 points and 24 rebounds record on that night.
“They set the tone this game, right from the get-go,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said after that loss. “We were able to get into a little bit more of an aggressiveness and attack. A little bit more of a disposition in the second quarter, but they were able to sustain it longer and more consistently than we were able to.”
The Heat tried to double team Howard, and most of the time they failed on making him uncomfortable, but when they did it, Howard passed the ball outside where he found teammate’s wide open for three points attempts. The Magic hit 17 of 42 attempts from outside the arch.
My pick: It’s close, but take the Magic to scrape by.