October 8, 2015 Louisville, KY. (Analyzed Sports)
Magic’s Napier hits game winner to defeat former team
For the second consecutive year, the Miami Heat visited the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, KY yesterday as apart of their NBA Preseason Schedule, this time to face off against SouthEast Division foe the Orlando Magic. This was only the second preseason game for both teams, as the Magic (1-1) and Heat (0-2) both would lose to the Charlotte Hornets in previous games. At the end of the game it was former Miami Heat guard Shabazz Napier’s 3 pointer that gave his new team the Orlando Magic a 100-97 victory with 3.5 seconds left.
“We were trying to get the ball to him (Shabazz) on top and then ran a little action on the other side trying to get a little slip to the goal, but it didn’t materialize.” stated Magic Coach Skiles. “Miami played it well.” “The last part of it was just go ahead to exactly drive right, because we were going to clear the side for him (Shabazz). He just felt it from there (Deep 3), took it, and made it.”
Shabazz Napier, the former Connecticut Huskie was traded to the Orlando Magic after one season with the Miami Heat for a 2016 second round draft pick and cash considerations after averaging 5.1 points a game last season.
Evan Fournier led the Magic with 18 points while Shabazz Napier only chipped in 7 points in 3 minutes along with the big three in the end to help Orlando earn its first victory of the preseason Wednesday night in front of small pro Heat fan crowd of 6,123. Chris Bosh looked assertive all night and finished shooting 5 for 7 from the field for 18 points in 23 minutes for the Miami Heat. Dwayne Wade and Goran Dragic had a combined 15 of the teams 22 assists in the loss to the Orlando Magic.
The Magic wouldn’t take its first lead of the game until the start of the 2nd Qtr off a sweet Jump Hook by Nikola Vucevic. Orlando would only lead the Heat by a point 25-24 with 11:26 remaining until halftime. Tobias Harris’s running left hand layup followed by a soft slam on the ensuing possession gave the Magic it’s largest lead of the game at 45-39 with 3:15 remaining to halftime. Orlando went into the half leading Miami 51-48 shooting a blazing 6 for 11 from three for 66.7 percent. Miami went into the half committing more turnovers than assists with 13 assists to 15 turnovers.
“We will have to figure out what it is.” Miami Head Coach Erik Spoelstra stated on the turnovers. “Everybody knows in the locker room that we have to tighten that up. I think it is something we will be able to correct with more practice time.”
3rd Quarter remained close until towards the end when majority of the Heats second unit was on the court. Orlando was able to push their lead to 71-61 at the 3:22 in the 3rd by keeping Miami off balance with their spacing and ball movement. The Orlando Magic appeared to be ready to blow the Heat’s second unit out after the pull-up 19 foot jumpshot by Mario Hezonja, which extended the Magic’s lead to 14 at 80-66. Erik Spoelstra would call a timeout to regroup his second unit. After the Timeout and Orlando up 14, new addition Gerald Green who signed a 1.3 million deal with the Heat in July, used a 10-0 run on his own to cut the Magic lead to four 80-76 as the crowd chanted “LETS GO HEAT!”. Green finished the game with 11 points in 15 minutes playing time. Both teams committed a high amount of turnovers with the Heat ending up with 20 to the Magic’s 19.
“After the game Head Coach Erik Spoelstra stated: “It was another opportunity for our guys to get more minutes together and we need more of it.”