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Heat win seventh straight, defeat Magic

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LeBron James put up 20 points and added 9 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals in a complete effort to lead the Miami Heat to a victory over the Orlando Magic, 112-98. The Heat had no trouble knocking down shots from the field in this one, going 43-74 (58.1%). This is the seventh straight victory for Miami (42-14). The streak began with a 103-97 victory over Phoenix on February 11th.

James finished 8-12 and went 4-5 from the free throw line, in a solid performance. On 6-11 shooting from the field and 7-7 from the free throw line, Tobias Harris scored 20 points for Orlando in the loss. Kyle O'Quinn contributed 14 points and 15 rebounds.

Contrary to the yearly numbers, Miami dominated the offensive glass in this matchup, finishing with an OR% of 27.3%. They rank 30th in the NBA in OR% this at 20.0%. The defense of Orlando, however, has been tough on the backboards this season, placing fourth in the league with a DR% of 75.8%. The Heat recorded a sizzling eFG% of 62.2% and, on the season, are 14-1 when exceeding 60% in that statistic. Conversely, Orlando is winless (0-5) when opponents scorch the nets at that clip.

Orlando (18-43) has now dropped four consecutive games versus Miami.

Coming up next, the Heat battle the Charlotte Bobcats, who are 27-31 on the year. The Magic meet the Philadelphia 76ers, currently 15-44 this season. The Heat came away with a win in three straight games against Charlotte. The Magic have won two of their last three games against Philadelphia.


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