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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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‘Our 49 Pulse angels’: Magic honor those killed in nightclub

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There’s nothing that can give Mayra Alvear back what she lost, or ease her pain, or calm her anger. With one gesture, she at least felt some joy again. Underneath a softly swaying banner displaying the number 49 — commemorating the number of lives lost — and as first responders unfurled and held a massive American flag for the national anthem, the Orlando Magic paid tribute Wednesday night to the victims and survivors of the Pulse gay nightclub massacre with…

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New-look Magic set to open 2016-17 season vs. Heat

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With the Orlando Magic set to open the NBA season on Wednesday, fans have two basic questions; are they better than last year and if so, can they make the playoffs? The Miami Heat is the perfect opponent to gauge both short-term and long-term improvement. After Miami routed the Magic in the pre-season, the 2016-17 season begins tonight at the Amway Center at 7:00 p.m. The same questions were asked last year. Over the course of the season they were…

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Heat forward Chris Bosh fails physical, future in doubt

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Chris Bosh‘s plan to resume playing is now in jeopardy, after medical examinations performed in recent days convinced the Miami Heat that he is not healthy enough to return to the court. And Bosh may have provided a clue why. The Heat announced Friday that they still cannot clear Bosh for a resumption of basketball activities, based on the result of his preseason physical – a series of tests conducted over the past few days. Their announcement came two days…

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Dwyane Wade says decision to leave Miami Heat remains ‘surreal’

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Dwyane Wade danced onto the stage holding TV host Kelly Ripa‘s hand Thursday morning, settled into his chair and smiled broadly as the studio audience roared with cheers and applause. Not even a full day after deciding to leave the Miami Heat and join the Chicago Bulls, Wade guest-hosted “Live With Kelly” on Thursday in New York – fulfilling a commitment he made several weeks ago. He spent a few minutes at the start of the opening segment talking about…

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Dwyane Wade holds coach’s IQ in his hands

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Whitey Herzog is one of the all-time great managers in baseball history. Based on his success with the St. Louis Cardinals, he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. He was a master manipulator, but realized his players were even more responsible for his success. When his closer, Hall of Famer Bruce Sutter, left St. Louis in 1984, Herzog assessed the situation. “I just got 25 games dumber,” he quipped. Erik Spoelstra might be in the same position very…

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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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