Friday, March 4, 2011

Orlando stuns LeBron and Miami with thrilling comeback

The Orlando Magic stunned the Miami Heat with an inspired second-half comeback on Thursday, overcoming a 24-point deficit with a flurry of three-pointers to secure a thrilling 99-96 victory.

The Magic took control with a wild run that included 18 straight points during one stretch of the fourth quarter and then held on as Miami launched a pair of potential game-tying three-pointers in the game's final seconds.

Orlando, who scored a staggering 48 points from three-point range, got a team-high 24 points from Jason Richardson to move 3-1/2 games behind Miami for the Southeast Division lead.

LeBron James had 29 points and Dwyane Wade added 28 to lead the way for Miami, whose second-half collapse followed a solid opening half where the duo combined for 47 points as the Heat built a 63-45 lead at halftime.