Notebook: Heat 112, Magic 110

Posted Dec 31, 2012 9:48 PM

By Dick Scanlon, for

THE FACTS: LeBron James and Dwyane Wade scored all 13 of the Miami Heat's overtime points as the defending NBA champions closed out the year with a 112-110 victory over the Orlando Magic.

James scored 10 of his 36 points in the overtime period and Wade clinched the victory with a backcourt steal and dunk.

The Heat avoided a third straight defeat despite taking a 50-33 beating on the boards.

Magic center Nikola Vucevic set a franchise record with 29 rebounds and scored a career-high 20 points.

Arron Afflalo led the Magic with 28 points. J.J. Redick came off the bench with 23 points before making the cross-court pass that Wade intercepted and turned into a four-point Miami lead with 6.2 seconds left.

QUOTABLE: "This is a winning league. You win or lose. It's not about how close you came to losing or how close you came to winning. We won; I am not discrediting what they did. They played a great game. They have some really good players and some pretty good pieces. We just made one more play than they did."
-- LeBron James

QUOTABLE II: "We didn't want to lose another one. We didn't want to lose the last game (of 2012) and have a bad New Years."
-- Dwyane Wade

THE STAT: Vucevic's 29 rebounds broke the Magic record of 28 set by Shaquille O'Neal on Nov. 20, 1993, at New Jersey.

TURNING POINT: Joel Anthony beat the third-quarter buzzer with a put-back for the Heat, cutting the Magic's lead to seven before Miami opened the fourth quarter with nine straight points.

HOT: Redick made 5-of-9 3-point shots and shot 9-for-13 overall.

NOT: Wade missed seven of 10 free throws, including three straight in overtime.

GOOD MOVE: The Magic defended James with the 7-foot Vucevic and 6-foot-10 Josh McRoberts, provoking some low-percentage 3-point shots.

BAD MOVE: The Magic chose not to double-team James late in the game and he scored Miami's first six points in overtime.

QUOTABLE III: "We decided to pick our poison ... Collectively, I think we did a decent job of just making his shots tough."
-- Magic coach Jacque Vaughn

IN THE ARENA: Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay and his family gave Magic fans a scoreboard holiday greeting before the game ... The crowd of 19,311 set a franchise record.

FANTASY SPOTLIGHT: With his 10.5 average, Vucevic has vaulted into the NBA's top 10 in rebounding

QUOTABLE IV: "Tonight we came out aggressive, we played really hard, and we showed that if we play like that we have a chance to beat anybody . We almost beat the Miami Heat without some of our really important players so if we play hard like we did tonight, we have a chance against anybody in this league."
-- Nikola Vucevic

ROOKIE WATCH: Magic forward Maurice Harkless did not play after starting 20 straight games. He was replaced in the starting lineup by rookie DeQuan Jones, who finished with six points in 24 minutes.

NOTABLE: James, who recently went six straight games without being called for a foul, was whistled for an offensive foul just 10 seconds into the game. His next foul came in overtime . . . Glen Davis (shoulder), Jameer Nelson (hip), Gustavo Ayon (thigh) and E'Twaun Moore (elbow) sat out the game for the Magic . . . The Heat turn the ball over once after the first half . . . The Magic have lost six straight.

UP NEXT: For the Heat: Wednesday vs. Dallas, Friday vs. Chicago, Sunday vs. Washington. For the Magic: Wednesday vs. Chicago, Saturday vs. New York, Monday @ Portland.