Heat Check: LeBron James rises above when it matters most
NOV 23, 2013 9:33p ET
LeBron James' jumper with 15.1 seconds left, followed the Heat's defense -- led by Wade on Afflalo -- on Orlando's final possession, lifted the Heat to a 101-99 victory against the Orlando Magic at AmericanAirlines Arena on Saturday night.
Miami beat the Magic for the second time in three nights, having won 120-82 at Orlando on Thursday night.
James had 22 points, nine rebounds and seven assists for the Heat (10-3), who won their sixth straight game.
Once again, the Heat got themselves in a deep hole and fought their way out of it. James scored 9 points in the third quarter to help the Heat cut a 16-point halftime deficit to 77-71.
Miami trailed 55-39 after a half in which it missed all 10 attempts from 3-point range. Orlando, meanwhile, sank nine of 13 from behind the arc.
Michael Beasley hit all four shots and scored 9 points in the just less than eight first-half minutes. He did not play in the second half.
The turning point
Even though Miami cut away a huge chunk of a 16-point deficit in the third quarter, it was James' jumper with 15.1 seconds left that secured the win.
The difference maker
Wade got off to a slow start, shooting 1 of 4 in the first quarter. He ended with 27 points, hitting nine of 16 overall.
Stat of the game
Wade entered game shooting 61 percent from the free-throw line. On Saturday night, he sank nine of 10 from the foul line. He missed his last one.
The Heat will play the Phoenix Suns at AmericanAirlines Arena 7:30 p.m. Monday.
Charlie McCarthy can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @mccarthy_chas.
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