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Heat spoil Magic’s home opener

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The Orlando Magic were reminded of a fundamental basketball fact from the season opener on Wednesday night. In their 108-96 loss to the Miami Heat, Orlando was reminded that NBA games are 48 minutes. The first 24 minutes were fine. The Magic took a 53-50 lead into the locker room at halftime, but the Heat came roaring out in the third quarter, outscoring Orlando 30-16 to take control of the game. Orlando never got within 10 points the rest of…

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Heat on brink of elimination after loss to Raptors

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The Toronto Raptors are just one win away from the NBA’s Eastern Conference Finals. On the other side, the Miami Heat is one loss away from the end of their season. The Raptors led from start to finish, but had to hold on for a 99-91 victory on Wednesday night in Toronto to take a 3-2 lead in their semifinal series with the Heat. A 19-point lead melted to one in the fourth quarter, but the Raptors made enough big…

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Heat escapes Raptors in OT to tie series

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The Miami Heat were on the ropes, but managed to come away with a 94-87 victory in overtime on Monday night in American Airlines Arena. With the victory, Miami evened their best-of-seven NBA Eastern Conference semi-final series at two games apiece. Looking at the statistics, it easy to wonder how the Raptors were even close. Their star center, Jonas Valanciunas, has been lost for the remainder of the series due to a sprained ankle. Star guards DeMar DeRozan and Kyle…

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Raptors edge Miami to take 2-1 series lead

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Dwyane Wade’s 38 points were not enough to keep the Toronto Raptors from regaining control of their NBA Eastern Conference semi-final series. The Raptors came from behind to take a 95-91 victory at American Airlines on Saturday to take a 2-1 lead. Wade scored 29 of his 38 points in the second half, but none of his teammates scored more than six during that period. Kyle Lowry, who struggled with his shot throughout the playoffs, found his stroke for Toronto…

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Heat check: Miami’s hot shooting buries Hornets again

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The Miami Heat continued their torrid postseason shooting and rolled to a 115-103 victory over the Charlotte Hornets in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference first-round series. Miami shot 58 percent from the field, matching their 58 percent shooting in their 123-91 Game 1 victory, also at the American Airlines Arena. The Heat scored from every angle in the first half, shooting a team record 74 percent in the first half to establish a 72-60 lead. For their part, Charlotte was…

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Heat stings Hornets, 123-91

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The Miami Heat cruised to a 123-91 victory over the Charlotte Hornets in Game 1 of their best-of–seven first round playoff series on Sunday at American Airlines Arena. Game 2 is Wednesday night in Miami. Despite the fact both teams finished the season with a 48-34 record, the Heat overwhelmed Charlotte early on. With Miami leading 13-11 with 7:43 left in the first quarter, the Heat finished the quarter on a 28-11 run to take a 41-22 lead. The best…

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