There are a few things teams cannot do under any circumstances against the Heat.
You cannot turn the ball over and allow Miami to get out on the break. You cannot allow the Heat to get those highlight plays that energize the crowd at AmericanAirlines Arena and demoralize their opponents. You cannot allow Miami to take corner threes.
The Magic committed 18 turnovers, leading to 18 points. The Magic allowed the Heat to turn a 10-point lead into a 15-point halftime deficit and then a 20-point lead early on in the third quarter. That run included a fast break alley-oop to LeBron James and a strong tomahawk jam down an open lane. The Heat also took 28 3-pointers, many of them from those dangerous corners.
Despite all that, it was the other thing you cannot allow Miami to do that ended this game.
You cannot leave the game in the hands of the league's best player.
LeBron James will get what he wants when motivated. And he has the respect of the officials to get the questionable calls. He did not need any questionable call though to finish the game. LeBron James took DeQuan Jones off the dribble and got to the basket for the game-winning layup with three seconds left.
It was enough. The Magic played about as well as they could and had the chance to pull it out. Things -- whistles, shots, whatever -- did not go their way in a 97-96 loss at AmericanAirlines Arena on Wednesday.
The Magic though were certainly more than game after falling behidn by 20 points. A recommitment to defense and Nikola Vucevic's extreme hustle on the boards got the Magic back into the game by the end of the quarter. The Heat were not hitting shots they normally make and Vucevic controlling the glass enabled the Magic to get back on their own.
Nikola Vucevic did not quite have 29 rebounds like he did in the first meeting, but his 25 points and 21 rebounds were big in every way. He had nine offensive rebounds and scored 15 points in the second half for Orlando. Much like in the first meeting, Vucevic was getting those tip ins and finding himself in the right spot to clean up the glass.
The defense though was the big thing for the Magic. Tobias Harris was urging his team to commit on that end in the third quarter to spark the comeback and that is what the Magic did.