|Written by Michael|
Bet on the NBALast night, the Orlando Magic were down by 24 points in the third quarter of their game. What would you expect them to do?
If you answered, “lose to an obviously better team that was beating them by such a huge margin,” you must not have been aware that the Magic were playing the Miami Heat, one of the worst clutch teams in the league right now.
Going on a 40-9 run over 15 minutes, the Magic overcame the 24-point deficit to win in Miami 99-96. After having two phenomenal quarters early in the game, the Heat went cold, scoring as many points in the entire second half as they did in the second quarter.
This is the second time this season that the Heat have racked up a huge 20+ point lead, only to lose it. Both times happened at home. The first was to the Utah Jazz in the early part of the season. Now it is becoming a worry for fans of the team, who are concerned with the Heat's inability to beat elite teams and their ease at falling apart in the final stages of important games.
LeBron James scored 29 points for the Heat, while D-Wade put up 28. But both players fell apart in the fourth quarter, James going 0-for-2 and Wade going 0-for-4 from the field. In the entire second half of the game, the pair were a combined 3-for-13, all from James. The entire Miami team was outrebounded in the fourth quarter 10-9 by just Dwight Howard of the Magic.
This is an embarrassing loss for the Heat, who are now two games behind the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference. The Magic are only 3 ½ games behind the Heat right now. Tonight, Miami plays in San Antonio against the best team in the Western Conference.
Orlando takes on the Chicago Bulls on Friday night in Orlando, and coming off of their huge upset against Miami, the Magic should be ready to go. The last time the Heat and Magic met, Orlando found themselves down by 23 points before rallying to within one basket of tying the game in the final seconds of the fourth quarter.