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LeBron James is the best player in the world. There just is no other way to say that statement.
And the best player in the world will step up when his team needs him to. He did that Wednesday when he helped pick apart the Magic defense. He did that in the second half after Miami was caught in a malaise, making six of his seven field goals in the second half. The final one is what finally sank Orlando.
James pulled up over Arron Afflalo for a free throw line jumper with 15 seconds remaining to deliver a 101-99 win. The Magic's answer came in the form of Arron Afflalo driving into the lane and trying to hit a shot over three Heat defenders. Victor Oladipo picked up the rebound and missed a short jumper as the clock expired.
A really strong effort on both ends of the floor was wasted behind the star power of James and Dwyane Wade.
James finished with 22 points, nine rebounds and seven assists. Wade awoke in the second half to lead Miami back from a large halftime deficit to make this a game. Wade finished with 27 points on 9-for-16 shooting.
The first half and much of the game was about how much better the Magic were playing than in the last game Wednesday night.no comments