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James' jumper lifts Heat over Magic, 101-99

Published on NewsOK Modified: November 23, 2013 at 10:01 pm •  Published: November 23, 2013
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MIAMI (AP) — The last offensive play for the Miami Heat did not go as planned. In the eyes of Heat coach Erik Spoelstra, the two-time defending NBA champions pretty much botched the whole thing.

Except the ending, that is.

"It helps to have LeBron James," Spoelstra said.

James bailed out the play — and delivered the eventual game-winner in the process. His jumper with 15.1 seconds left provided the final points, and the Heat rallied from 16 down in the second half to beat the Orlando Magic 101-99 on Saturday night.

Dwyane Wade scored 27 points in his return to the lineup after missing two games to rest his knees, James added 22 and Chris Bosh had 15 for the Heat (10-3), who have won six straight. This marked the first time the Heat needed to rally in the final quarter.

"I cleared out and he did the rest," Wade said of Miami's final offensive play. "He made an unbelievable shot."

Glen Davis, playing for the first time since Jan. 30 because of a broken left foot, scored 20 points for the Magic, who fell to 0-5 on the road. Arron Afflalo and Victor Oladipo had shots in the final 5 seconds, but neither fell — Oladipo's skipped off both sides of the rim — and Miami escaped when James got the game's last rebound as time expired.

He threw the ball downcourt, tossed his headband and wristbands into the stands, and exhaled deeply.

"LeBron in space, and he'll take care of the rest," Spoelstra said of Miami's last play. "But the execution before that was extremely poor, very poor. And he just did what great players do. He was very relaxed, calm, got to a spot where he felt comfortable and shot a great in-rhythm jump shot that made all of us look better."

Afflalo scored 18, Oladipo added 17 and E'Twaun Moore had all of his 14 points in the first half for Orlando, which let one slip away. In the first 43 minutes, the Heat led for all of 54 seconds, and were getting blown out for a while.

In the end, they had the only lead that mattered.

"We know that they are a team that can get things going pretty quickly," Magic coach Jacque Vaughn said.

Bosh's jumper with 4:30 remaining put Miami up 89-88, and from there it got frantic to the end. James made a 3-pointer over Davis for another Heat lead with 3:47 left, then took a charge against the burly power forward 19 seconds later, grimacing as he got off the hardwood.

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