By John Denton
ORLANDO -- Outside of an unsightly 16-0 start to the game, the Orlando Magic played the defending champion Miami Heat even for much of Wednesday night. And for the most part, the Magic held superstar forward LeBron James to merely mortal numbers.
But when they couldn’t completely get past the poor start and couldn’t wipe out the hot shooting from James’ powerful supporting cast, the Magic had little hope for success against the two-time champs.
A 16-point deficit to open the game sucked much of the life out of the Amway Center, and James and Miami’s 3-point shooters did the rest of the damage in handing the Magic a 120-92 defeat before 17,256 fans.
When it was over, Magic rookie Victor Oladipo was still in awe at all of the ways that James had an impact on the game. The winner of four of the past five Most Valuable Player awards needed just three quarters of work to compile 21 points, seven assists and six rebounds. Many of those assists ended up being wide-open 3-pointers for the Heat when James passed out of double-teams.
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