Orlando Magic Game Recap: Furious Comeback Falls Short

Evan Fournier found himself wide-open at the 3-point line, no Miami player around to offer any help defence.

Miami Heat point guard Goran Dragic continued his stellar run of play on Tuesday night.

"It's just too bad we need a poor performance to really compete and play well", Fournier said.

"Momentum is a insane thing in this league and one win can do that, " Vogel said before the game. "We're just not consistent enough".

For the Magic, point guard Elfrid Payton came off the bench to make a huge impact with 20 points, five boards and four assists, while big man Serge Ibaka had 17 points and eight boards of his own on the night. Nik Vucevic finished with 13 points and 17 rebounds for Orlando, which went 2-0 in Miami for the first time since 2007-08. "I thought we were connected and played extremely hard and focused throughout the game".

For the Magic, the win snapped an overall four-game losing streak and broke up the Heat's eight-game home winning streak.

Miami's backcourt duo of shooting guard Dion Waiters and point guard Goran Dragic, which has become one of the more powerful guard tandems in the National Basketball Association, finished atop the Heat's scoring chart with 23 and 22 points, respectively, in a losing effort. This was a very winnable game for the Heat, and their sub par defense is to blame for the loss.

"If you have a lot of good playmakers you find a way where everyone can complement each other, still be who you are and making the game easier for the next guy", said head coach Erik Spoelstra.

The Magic shot 49 per cent, and their 116 points matched the fifth-most allowed by Miami this season. Now, after the Magic played with objective and showed a steely resolve all night to beat the Heat 116-107, Vogel is hopeful that Orlando can put together a season-saving run just as the Heat did recently. "Every single night, it's a challenge".

Magic: After shooting 26 for 110 from 3-point range in their last four road games, the Magic were 8 for 14 from deep. It marked Waiters' first game in a week, as he suffered the ankle injury in Miami's win over Minnesota last Monday.

Heat: Miami led for a total of 21 seconds in the first three quarters, then for another 1:57 in the fourth.

The Magic also found themselves fortified, with forward Aaron Gordon, who had missed the previous two games due to a bone bruise in his right foot, also in Monday's starting lineup. "He's going to win it, hands down, going away", Magic coach Frank Vogel said.

Heat guard Josh Richardson (sprained left foot) is close to returning.

-Next up, the Houston Rockets on Wednesday.

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