LeBron James' 51 Points Leads Miami Heat To 104-100 Win Over Orlando Magic

LeBron James scored 51 points to lead the Miami Heat to a 104-100 win over the Orlando Magic on Thursday night.

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LeBron James Responds To Pregame Taunts With 51 Points Against Orlando Magic

It's probably not a good idea to openly mock LeBron James just minutes before a game. The Orlando Magic learned the lesson the hard way on Thursday night as LeBron erupted for 51 points after the Magic played some head games just before tip-off at Amway Center. Dwight Howard mimicked LeBron's talcum powder routine and the Magic gathered for a "team photo," both pages of LeBron's playbook.

All LeBron did was come out firing, putting up 21 in the first quarter while hitting his first 11 shots of the game. For the first 24 minutes it was the LeBron show in Orlando and the Magic were powerless to stop it. By halftime, LeBron had 29 points and the Heat led the Magic 55-45.

When all was said and done LeBron got the last laugh. His 51 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists helped the Heat hang-on down the stretch in a 104-100 win. With Dwyane Wade slowed by a back injury suffered in the third quarter, the Heat needed LeBron to step up, and he did in a big way.

Dwight Howard finished with his typical double-double -- 17 points and 16 rebounds -- but teasing LeBron before the game may not have been his best idea.

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LeBron James And Miami Hold Off Orlando's Late Run To Win 104-100

Despite a late surge by the Orlando Magic in the fourth quarter, LeBron James and his Miami Heat led wire to wire and beat them 104-100.

LeBron James had a ridiculous night, going 17-25 from the field (3-5 from three and 14-17 from the line) for 51 points. He also pulled in 11 rebounds and dished out nine assists. Dwaye Wade, despite taking a nasty fall early in the third, was able to return to the game and finish with 13 points, the last of which came from a free throw to ice the game. The team as a whole shot 50%, and LeBron shot an insane 68%.

The Magic were able to really make it a game, getting to within three points with mere seconds left on the clock but they missed their three-point shot to tie. Six players scored in double digits, with Jameer Nelson leading the way with 22. Somewhere along the way, Orlando found their three point shot, with Jason Richardson and Ryan Anderson contributing four and three respectively.

Both teams pulled in 44 rebounds and committed 10 turnovers.

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LeBron James Scoring, Dwyane Wade Back, Heat Pounding Magic, 79-63

LeBron James has scored more than half of the points for the Miami Heat. It's probably a good thing he picked tonight to go on a scoring rampage, because he has to play the second half of the game without Dwayne Wade, sidelined by a hard fall he took when Dwight Howard fouled him on a layup. Only Chris Bosh has joined James in double digits with 13 points. As a team, the Heat are shooting nearly 53% after three quarters, hitting 5-12 from long range. Mike Miller has lifted Miami's rebounding past the Magic with his 11 boards.

Jameer Nelson joined Dwight Howard and Hedo Turkoglu in double digits with 11 points. Howard already has a double/double with his 17 points and 13 rebounds. The team as a whole is still having trouble with their three-point shooting, and JJ Redick, normally a viable outside option, is 0-3 from three. They are also shooting terribly from the charity stripe, going 11-23.

Dwayne Wade returned to the floor with a wrap around his mid-section and not wearing warm-ups. No word on whether or not he'll play anymore.

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Dwyane Wade Injury: Dwight Howard Sends Wade To The Locker Room

Dwyane Wade was injured during the third quarter against the Orlando Magic, taking a hard bump from Dwight Howard on his way to the rim. Howard appeared to mostly go for the ball, but both of his big arms hit Wade up high with force. The smaller Wade fell and landed on his back, rolling over to his front and lying facedown for a moment, clearly in pain.

He was able to stand and shoot his free throws before hobbling to the sideline, where he was immediately taken into the locker room.

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TNT’s Craig Sager reported Wade insisted on taking his shots from the line before going in, and that he’s in the locker room working on getting his injury stretched out. This has been a very physical game, with Hedo Turkoglu also missing time due to a shot to the knee from LeBron James.

For more on Wade and the Heat visit Peninsula Is Mightier.

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Heat Vs. Magic: Miami Still Leading Orlando At Half, 55-45

Well it was no 23-point quarter, but LeBron James continued his accurate shooting and still leads all scorers with 29 points at the end of the first half. He finally got some help from the rest of his teammates, including Dwayne Wade who went scoreless in the first quarter but finished the half with five points. The Heat bench came in and provided some support for James, with Eddie House, James Jones and Erick Dampier contributing five, three and four points respectively.

The Magic are still getting their balanced scoring and Dwight Howard is still leading the charge with 16 points and eight rebounds. Hedo Turkoglu has seemingly shaken off his earlier collision with James and thrown up 11 points. Orlando is also getting decent bench production but they still can't seem to get hot from three-point range, shooting just three of 12 from long.

Both teams have pulled in 20 rebounds, but the Magic are crashing the offensive boards, leading the Heat 10-4.

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LeBron James Scoring At Will, Miami Heat Lead Orlando Magic, 30-26

There should be a petition to change the name of Miami's team from the Heat to the LeBrons. At the end of the first quarter, LeBron James has managed to score 77% of the team's points. James finished his perfect quarter with 23 points, going 9-9 from the field and 5-6 from the free throw line.

The only other members of the Heat to score were Chris Bosh (four points, two rebounds) and James Jones (three points). Mario Chalmers and Zydrunas Ilgauskas are the only other members of the team who have even attempted shots. It should be noted that all of Bosh's points were free throws. Talk about a one-man team.

For the Magic, the scoring is more evenly spread out with Dwight Howard leading the charge with 10 points and four rebounds. Hedo Turkoglu and Jason Richardson have both contributed five points and an assist apiece.

Turkoglu re-entered the game early in the second quarter after suffering a knee collision with James.

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Hedo Turkoglu Knee Injury: LeBron James Buckles Magic Forward

Hedo Turkoglu crumpled to the paint with an apparent knee injury after a collision with Miami Heat forward LeBron James. During a rebound attempt, James fell into the side of Turkoglu’s knee, appearing to nearly bend his knee sideways. It was clearly an inadvertent impact on the part of James.

Turkoglu stayed down while teammates and medical staff checked on him, pointing to his right knee and high-fiving a passing Mike Miller. He winced in pain, but didn’t appear to be in overwhelming pain.

He declined a visit to the locker room, preferring to sit on the bench with a heating pad in his warmups. That’s a good sign for Magic fans, as the team can’t afford to lose another big man. He intends to return to the game at some point.

The first quarter has ended, giving Turkoglu a few more minutes of downtime to see if he can recover.

For more on Turkoglu and the Magic, visit Orlando Pinstriped Post.

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Miami Heat Vs. Orlando Magic: LeBron James Leads Full-Strength Heat Into Amway

Florida's hottest made-up rivalry resumes tonight at 8 pm ET on TNT, when the Miami Heat take on the Orlando Magic at Amway Arena. The Heat are on a three-game win streak, have their star threesome back, and seem to have righted the ship, while the Magic have struggled to hit threes of late, losing half of their past six games.

Miami and Orlando have split their previous two contests this season, but Miami has lost eight of its last nine games at Orlando. The Magic are 18-6 at home this season, while the Heat are 16-9 on the road. The Magic were favored by two-and-a-half, but the Heat are now one-point road favorites.

The Heat hold a three-and-a-half game lead in the Southeast Division, making this game black alternate jersey-worthy for the home team.

LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh are all in for Miami, while Brandon Bass is out with a sprained left ankle and J.J. Redick is probable with a sore shoulder for the Magic. 

For more on this game join Peninsula Is Mightier or Orlando Pinstriped Post.

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