Up five points at intermission, Miami pulled away in the third quarter with a 36-point explosion. Miami made five 3-pointers in the third period. Four of those long-distance shots came from Jones after the Magic had double-teamed or trained their defensive focus on James. He had three assists in the period – two of them leading to Heat 3-pointers.

Miami also switched James onto Afflalo to slow him down after a 20-point first half. As a result, he got up just three shots in the third period, hitting two of them.

Orlando trailed 54-49 at the half, but it could have been much, much worse considering the poor start it got off to. The Magic got out of a 16-point hole by making nine 3-pointers in the first half. The Heat nearly matched Orlando from the stripe, making seven of nine threes in the first half. A week removed from hitting a career-best eight 3-pointers against the Milwaukee Bucks, Afflalo made his first four 3-pointers and six of seven from beyond the arc in the first half. The veteran shooting guard came into Wednesday’s game having made 26 of his 52 3-point shots this season.

With 20 points early on, he became the 12th player in the NBA this season to score that many points in the first half.



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