|Heat wins pre-season opener|
|Thursday, 22 December 2011 11:48|
The Miami Heat led by LeBron 'King' James with 19 points, defeated the Orlando Magic 118-85 in their pre-season opener. Terrel Harris added 16 points, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh added 14 points each and were the other top scorers. For the Magic, Ryan Anderson and J.J. Redick scored 22 points.
The Heat was just too hot for the Magic, out scoring them by 29 points in the last 27 minutes. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said on his team's performance "The adrenaline and energy was certainly pumping early on, our starters set the tone. Then the young kids came in and took advantage of the opportunity."
While Magic's head coach Stan Van Gundy said "When you have a team outscore you 22-0 on fast-break points, they're clearly playing at a pace and an energy level higher than what you are, and we could not keep up."
King James thoughts on the game were simple "It's good to be back, it's good to have our fans back." While Magic superstar center Dwight Howard said "They look like a seasoned team, we were off for seven months. And guys are trying to get back in to it. There's no need for us, anybody, Magic fans, whatever, to stress about the first game. There's a lot more games to be played." Dwight had five points with two from free shooting attempts.
Both teams will play each other again on Wednesday, December 21, 2011 in Orlando. It will be both teams' final pre-season game. Miami Heat will play the defending champion Dallas Mavericks on Christmas Day.
|Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 December 2011 10:23|