Here are the scores, updates, and results of the NBA 2020-2021 Preseason match between the Orlando Magic (ORL) and the Miami Heat (MIA) on December 24, 2020, at the Amway Center.
Banking on their late-game offensive run, the Orlando Magic defeated Wednesday (PH time) last season’s finalists Miami Heat to start their NBA season campaign with a bang and continue their streak of winning their opening match for the fourth year in a row now.
Evan Fournier led the way for the Magic, scoring 25 points (9 for 13 shooting) to go along with 4 assists and 3 steals. Aaron Gordon added 20 points (nine of which came in the fourth quarter), 7 rebounds, and 4 steals on the night.
“We didn’t play well at home last year,” Coach Steve Clifford told reporters after the game.
“We were 16-15 (last season at home) – there are two things we’ve been talking about. One, getting off to better starts (last year, the first quarter was our worst quarter). Tonight we were minus two, but I thought we showed good readiness. And the second thing is, we have to make Amway a tough place to play,” added Clifford.
For his part, Fournier talking to reporters after the game, said: “Every year is different. Every year you have teams that go to the top. You have different surprise teams. Obviously, we all know Miami is a really good team. To win against a really good team, it’s (good) for your confidence. It shows that we competed at a high-level. But last year was last year.”
With 4:29 left on the clock, Miami lead by two points, 93-91. However, Orlando was nearly unstoppable on offense in the last 4 minutes of the match. With this, Heat, who had a balanced scoring attack throughout the match, simply couldn’t get a stop.
Both Goran Dragic reached the 20 point mark, scoring a game-high 25 and 20-points, respectively. Other Miami players who scored in double figures were Jimmy Butler, Duncan Robinson, and Tyler Herro, who scored 19, 14, and 13 apiece.
Miami’s turnovers killed them at the dying minutes of the match, the same thing with their lackluster defense.
Turnovers were a huge issue for the Miami Heat throughout the match, tallying 22 all game long. Of the team’s total turnovers, 13 of those came from Butler and Adebayo. Aside from that, Laker’s finals’ foe last season had a lackluster defense against the eventual winner of today’s match, Orlando Magic.
Orlando vs Miami
The scores: 27-29; 56-53; 79-83; 113-107
Magic (113) – Evan Fournier 25, Aaron Gordon 20, Terrence Ross 19, Markelle Fultz 15, Nikola Vucevic 15, Cole Anthony 6, Khem Birch 6, Michael Carter-Williams 4, Chuma Okeke 3, Dwayne Bacon 0.
Heat (107) – Bam Adebayo 25, Goran Dragic 20, Jimmy Butler 19, Duncan Robinson 14, Tyker Herro 13, Precious Achiuwa 8, Kelly Olynyk 5, Maurice Harkless 3, Andre Iguodala 0, Kendrick Nunn 0.