Miami Heat Fall Short Against Orlando Magic: Fan Reaction

The Miami Heat struggled against the Orlando Magic on March 13, losing their second straight game at the Amway Center.

The Heat came out firing on all cylinders against the Magic, taking an eleven point lead into halftime. Unfortunately for the Heat, they weren't able to get anything going in the third quarter, getting outscored by 10 points.

Both teams went back and forth in the fourth quarter, setting the stage for some fourth quarter theatrics. Unfortunately, Dwyane Wade missed the potential game-winning shot, forcing the game into overtime.

The Magic took control in overtime - aided by some controversial calls, walking away with the six point victory.

"The third quarter we did not play our best basketball," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra told reporters after the game. "We gave them life, gave them an opportunity to get back into the game. … We had opportunities in the fourth quarter and overtime but we weren't able to capitalize on them. The rebounding really was a factor in this game."

Rebounding was certainly a factor in Miami's loss, with the Heat getting out-rebounded by 10. Udonis Haslem—who is usually a strong rebounder for Miami—finished with only three rebounds against Orlando.

Dwyane Wade led Miami's offense against Orlando, finishing with a game-high 28 points. He also added 6 rebounds and 5 assists to the stat sheet.

Chris Bosh also played well against the Magic, putting up 23 points and 8 rebounds.

LeBron struggled with his shot, shooting 35 percent from field. But he still found other ways to help his team, pulling down 11 rebounds and dishing out eight assists.

Miami's "big three" definitely did their part against the Magic, but they didn't get that much help from their bench. For the third straight game, Miami's bench struggled on the court, putting up a combined 16 points and 7 rebounds.

Miami's next game will be against the Chicago Bulls on March 14. The Bulls are currently at the top of the NBA's Eastern Conference standings (leading the Heat by 2 ½ games), and the Heat will be in for another tightly contested game.

David is a Miami Heat fan that has followed the team for 16 years. Follow him on twitter @davidkingwriter and check out his blog.

Sources:

Joseph Goodman, "Miami Heat falls to Orlando Magic in overtime"

Player and game information from ESPN

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Updated Wednesday, Mar 14, 2012