ORLANDO, Fla., Oct. 10 (AP) -- Orlando's Grant Hill could run, jump and cut just fine Wednesday night in his first game since undergoing a second ankle surgery in January. But Hill apparently will need more time before he's again comfortable with the ball in his hands.

Ewing takes a jumper for his new team.
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Hill had 11 points, six rebounds and four assists in 27 minutes as the Magic defeated the Miami Heat 83-70 in the preseason opener for both teams. Tracy McGrady scored 14 points, while Mike Miller and Pat Garrity each added 12.

Rodney Buford led the Heat with 19 points, while Ricky Davis scored 10 in a game-high 37 minutes. Alonzo Mourning had 10 rebounds and four blocked shots, but only six points on 3-for-10 shooting.

Hill started shaky, with two missed shots and a turnover in the game's opening minutes.

"Honestly, I was a little nervous out there," said Hill, who hadn't played in a game since last Dec. 12. "It's different than practice. You get in a comfort zone going against the same guys every day."

But Magic coach Doc Rivers said Hill's early jitters were to be expected.

"I said before that he would be out of synch because he was going to play the game like it's his first rookie game," Rivers said. "I think his heart was beating faster than his legs."

Hill's first point since December came on a free throw with 4:14 remaining in the second quarter. He appeared very relieved to have scored, exhaling deeply, then missed his second shot.

Hill then found his shooting touch, hitting his first shot from the field 27 seconds later. His 18-foot jumper gave Orlando a 39-29 lead, its largest of the first half. With 3.5 seconds left in the half Hill drained a 3-pointer to put the Magic up 46-39.

"I feel I can be better out there, and I feel I will," said Hill, who had seven points in the second quarter. "I'm just glad to get the first one out of the way."

The Heat shot only 30.1 percent, with Buford's 8-for-16 effort saving Miami from even further ignominy. The starting five of Davis, Brian Grant, Mourning, Kendall Gill and Eddie House combined to shoot 13-for-49 (26.5 percent).

"I thought we could have played with a little more fluidity offensively," Miami coach Pat Riley said. "We didn't shoot the ball well and when you don't shoot the ball well, you have a tendency to look even worse."

Orlando's Patrick Ewing, playing only eight minutes because of a balky hamstring, had three points and three rebounds.

"I don't want to go out there and re-injure myself and set myself back," Ewing said. "I'm trying to let it get healthy, but to keep on doing things to keep myself in shape."

Horace Grant, Orlando's other major offseason acquisition, had four points and seven rebounds.