Magic vs. Heat final score: Miami stifles Orlando late for 27th straight win, 108-94

Gary Bogdon

The Magic hung tough, but in the end, the Heat were too much for the struggling young squad in the battle for Florida.

The Miami Heat played a near flawless game on both ends of the floor to put the Orlando Magic away and win their 27th straight, 108-94, on Monday night.

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LeBron James took over in the absence of Dwyane Wade and scored 24 points on 9-of-16 from the field and added 11 assists. Mario Chalmers also helped to pick up the slack and added 17 of his own on 4-of-8 shooting from the field, including 4-of-5 from behind the three-point line.

Miami (56-14) shot a blazing 53.6 percent from beyond the arc and 47.4 percent overall. On the defensive end, they forced 13 turnovers by the Magic (18-53) while only committing 12 of their own.

Jameer Nelson led the way for the Magic with a game-high 27 points and finished with a double-double by adding 12 assists. Tobias Harris continues to carve a niche role for himself within the Orlando offense and added 20 points and five rebounds.

Miami will next head to Chicago on Wednesday night for a tough test against the Chicago Bulls.

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