The Orlando Magic fell to a third season defeat to Miami by 83-93 on Sunday at FTX Arena. Both teams were undermanned but the Heat prevailed through a dominant rebounding performance.
The Miami Heat were able to score 20 points from 20 offensive rebounds. Orlando made 18 turnovers in the game that the Heat converted into a further 22 points. Miami were also able to find scoring based on ball movement, recording 28 assists on 36 field goals scored.
Magic Top Performers
Gary Harris led Orlando in scoring with 20 points, his 12th double-digit score in the last 13 games.
RJ Hampton came from the bench for 14 points, adding 2 steals and 5 assists.
Franz Wagner recorded 13 points.
Hassani Gravett made 12 points in his second NBA start.
Moving On After A Third Season Defeat To Miami
Orlando’s record is now 7 wins and 27 losses. The Magic remained 14th in the Eastern Conference. Of the last 10 games played the Magic have won 2 and looking back further it is 16 losses in 19 games. The home record stands at 2 wins of 13 games played, whilst on the road it is 5 wins in 21 played. In points per game the Magic score 101, whilst conceding 110.3.
The Magic now head home to play two games against the NBA’s defending-champions, the Milwaukee Bucks. First up is on Tuesday December 28th (U.K. tip midnight 29th). That is followed on Thursday 30th December. The Orlando Magic played back-to-back games in Milwaukee on Game Day 17 and 18. Milwaukee won both.
Milwaukee have a record of 22 wins and 13 losses. The Bucks are 3rd in the Eastern Conference. Of the last 10 games played the Bucks have won 6, including their last 3 played. Their road record stands at 10 wins in 18 played. In points per game the Bucks score 110.5, whilst conceding 107.1.