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Magic overcome 24-point deficit to shock Heat

The Orlando Magic The Orlando Magic is a professional basketball team based in Orlando, Florida. They play in the National Basketball Association (NBA). History
Early years
The Orlando Magic officially entered the NBA as an expansion franchise in 1989.
 stormed back from a 24-point deficit in the third quarter en route to a 99-96 shock victory over the Miami Heat The Miami Heat (known as the HEAT [in all capital letters] on official team publications) are a professional basketball team based in Miami, Florida, United States. They play in the National Basketball Association (NBA).  at the American Airlines Arena.

Jason Richardson
For the Australian athlete and radio presenter, see Jason A. Richardson.


Jason Anthoney "J-Rich" Richardson (born January 20 1981, in Saginaw, Michigan) is an American professional basketball player, currently playing shooting guard for the
 on Thursday powered the rally with 24 points, including six three pointers, for Orlando who orchestrated their biggest comeback of the 2010-11 season.

Dwight Howard Dwight David Howard (born December 8, 1985, in Atlanta, Georgia[1]) is an American basketball player for the Orlando Magic of the National Basketball Association (NBA).  finished with 14 points and 18 rebounds and Jameer Nelson scored 12 of his 16 points in the second half for the Magic who used an 18-0 run to chip away at the Miami lead.

LeBron James' potential game-tying three point shot missed in the closing seconds for the Heat who dominated the first half and looked on course for an easy win as they held a 73-49 early in the third.

"Well, that defies explanation," Magic coach Stan Van Gundy Stan "The Hedgehog" Van Gundy (born September 21, 1959 in Indio, California) is the current head coach of the NBA's Orlando Magic, and is the brother of former Houston Rockets coach Jeff Van Gundy. From 2003 to 2005, he was the head coach of the Miami Heat.  said.

The win was the fourth straight for the Magic who are now just 3 1/2 games behind Miami in the Southeast Division standings.

The Heat are now two games behind the Boston Celtics for the top record in the Eastern Conference.

The last time the Heat and Magic met, Orlando almost came back from a 23-point hole but they missed a potential game-tying shot in the final seconds to give allow Miami an escape.

This time the outcome was different as the Heat missed seven of eight free throws during Orlando's fourth-quarter run.

Ryan Anderson scored 15 points and Gilbert Arenas added 11, including a pair of key three-pointers in the fourth.

Miami's James finished with 29 points and Dwyane Wade had 28 for the Heat, who fell behind 97-96 with nine seconds left.

Both Chris Bosh and James missed three pointers in the closing moments.

"We need to keep on pushing through," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "There's no other way to say it. The tide turned."

The Magic win also results in a split in the four-game season series between the Eastern Conference rivals.

Miami is making a habit lately of blowing big leads. They were coming off Sunday's 91-86 loss to the New York New York, state, United States
New York, Middle Atlantic state of the United States. It is bordered by Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and the Atlantic Ocean (E), New Jersey and Pennsylvania (S), Lakes Erie and Ontario and the Canadian province of
 Knicks
.

They led by as much as 15 points in that one, but lost to the Knicks after scoring 35 points in the second half.
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Date:Mar 4, 2011
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