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Beasley helps Heat stun Magic in closing seconds


Beasley helps Heat stun Magic in closing secondsORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Dwyane Wade was all set to deliver another game-winning shot, going through his usual motion: draining the clock, dribbling right and letting the shot fly.

His bad miss caught everybody by surprise. Well, nearly everybody.

Michael Beasley dunked the missed shot by Wade with 1.6 seconds remaining, lifting the Miami Heat to a 99-98 victory over the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night.


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The Magic had no answer late for Wade.

He scored seven straight points in the fourth quarter, including drawing a foul from 3-point range on Pietrus that gave the Heat a 91-86 lead and got Orlando fans all riled up. Wade even left his hand up for good measure, nodding his head to those in attendance.

Orlando overcame an early deficit the only way it knows how - from long distance.

After going down by nine points, the Magic had six different players connect from beyond the arc in the opening half. They often did it in the final seconds of the shot clock, too.

Then things got testy.

Howard gave Orlando its first lead of the game with 3:17 remaining in the half, dunking over Jermaine O'Neal for a three-point play. On the next Magic possession, O'Neal and Howard got tangled up.

The Heat center was called for a technical foul after shouting a few words and walking toward Howard. An official got between the big men, and Magic coach Stan Van Gundy even walked on the court to make sure things didn't escalate.

All the physical play aside, Miami's biggest problem at the start was Wade. He was held to four points in the half, a big reason why Orlando led 44-43 at intermission.

The Magic had won 12 of the last 13 regular-season games against Miami.

"To come here and win where we haven't won in a long time against a team we haven't beat too many times over the last three years, and to come back and get it in the fourth quarter was real big," Wade said. "Normally when we play that way, we're not in striking distance against this team."

Notes

Heat F Quentin Richardson missed his third straight game with a lower back strain. Miami coach Erik Spoelstra said Richardson will do some light running and be evaluated Thursday. ... Howard received the NBA Cares Community Assist award for October before the game for his ongoing charitable work. ... The team held a moment of silence before the game for Washington Wizards owner Abe Pollin, who died Tuesday. ... Magic owner Rich DeVos and guard J.J. Redick wished fans a happy Thanksgiving at center court before the game.


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Added: November 26, 2009

 

 
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