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LeBron hits game-winning lay-up, lifts Heat over Magic (VIDEO)

Mar 6, 2013, 10:42 PM EDT

Miami came in having won 15 in a row, but that doesn’t mean they were now immune to the early-season lethargy that saw them losing games they shouldn’t have. We got to see “coasting Miami” again Wednesday night against the Magic, a team that is scrappy but not very talented.

Scrappy was almost enough — Orlando fought back from 20 down to take the lead — but with the game on the line the Heat isolated for LeBron James and he got to the rim and hit the game winner with 3.2 seconds left. The Heat won 97-96. It’s good to have the best player in the game on your side.

LeBron finished with 26 points on 14 shots.

  1. ccraig232 - Mar 6, 2013 at 10:52 PM

    It also doesn’t hurt to have the refs on your side in the final minute and a half.

    • gswgoboom - Mar 6, 2013 at 11:20 PM

      Give it a rest…Can’t you just be excited that you have the opportunity to witness greatness?

    • jt1138 - Mar 7, 2013 at 12:22 AM

      It’s truly sad when haters automatically resort to this remark. You clearly did not see the game. There was no help from the refs. In fact, there was nothing about that game that would indicate that the refs helped the Heat.

      • hehateme2 - Mar 7, 2013 at 7:21 AM

        they’re simply little losers that have nothing of value to say. They are green with envy.

    • pantsfreezone - Mar 7, 2013 at 12:35 AM

      Why are there so many whiners about the refs? Miami attacks the rim so of course they are going to draw contact and get calls when they are going up against rooks and no names.

      Seriously, the Thunder get B.S. calls on jumpshots. Boston fouls on every defensive possession. The Spurs get superstar calls when they have all of their superstars on the bench. Kobe gets phantom calls more than any other player other than Paul Pierce.

      Stop whining about the refs, it is pretty evenly unfair and terrible across the board. Hell, Eric Gordon got called out of bounds tonight to help the Lakers complete their comeback and he was clearly inbounds.

    • fanofevilempire - Mar 7, 2013 at 6:33 AM

      are you Skippy Boy Baseless of espn first take, the guy who is in denial about what he is seeing.
      LeBron is playing in his own world.

  2. 1972wasalongtimeago - Mar 6, 2013 at 11:28 PM

    Does that count as a game winning basket or do they have to be 20+ footers? And yes, it was crazy that the Heat had 31 FTs compared to Orlando’s 17. Should have been 41-17.

    • cantonbound13 - Mar 7, 2013 at 6:05 AM

      Orlando at home in March, wow, very impressive. RickySpanish could hit a big shot against Orlando.

    • miamatt - Mar 7, 2013 at 12:17 PM

      You know as well as I do that “clutch” is defined as nailing a fade away one-handed 35-footer at the buzzer of game 7 of the NBA Finals while using the free hand to simultaneously catch a baby that an inebriated mother dropped from the upper bowl.

      • southbeachtalent - Mar 7, 2013 at 2:09 PM

        all while filing his taxes..

  3. mendenhallfumblemachine - Mar 6, 2013 at 11:33 PM

    Witness greatness? Jeez man hes just a basketball player.

    • fanofevilempire - Mar 7, 2013 at 6:36 AM

      I believe that is what you come here for, to talk basketball
      and he is a basketball player.

  4. buffalowned - Mar 6, 2013 at 11:56 PM

    i wonder if jordan saw that….i thought lebron couldn’t drive going to his left?

  5. jjones314 - Mar 7, 2013 at 12:13 AM

    Excuse after excuse after excuse. Only Cleveland fans should still be mad and bitter at LBJ. Everybody else, let it go. He scored the basket to win the game. Shut the f up. The obsession, all the hatred and envy has to stop at some point. C’mon man

    • ccraig232 - Mar 7, 2013 at 1:24 AM

      The refs had to foul out 3 Orlando players in order for the Heat to win. Its not an excuse when its a fact. I don’t even hate Lebron James. Him hitting the game winner had nothing to do with it. It was just the simple fact that the refs legitimately gave the Heat the game.

      • 1972wasalongtimeago - Mar 7, 2013 at 6:20 AM

        Dude, after the Magic missed the 3 at the end of the game, LeBron gets the rebound with momentum and an open floor ahead of him; only to have the ref blow the whistle to stop the game and give Miami a timeout that was never asked for.

        The ref’s mistake ( for which he immediately apologized to Spoelstra)gave the Magic a chance to get set up on defense , and forced the Heat to lose a fast break chance (at which theyre pretty good) and have to set up a half court inbound play (which is a 50/50 chance at best).

        How much more help do you want from the refs? The Magic players fouled out because they committed 6 fouls. Their bench was thin so Vaughn had to play guys who had foul trouble. With a deeper bench he could have taken guys out for stretches so they wouldn’t foul out in the end.

        Enough already. Game meant nothing. Neither does the next one vs Philly. Pacers on Sunday means something. Not a lot. But something.

  6. packersareandwillalwaysbebetterthanthebears - Mar 7, 2013 at 12:14 AM

    How about a layup with 0.5 seconds left to win it for the Celtics?

    Or did you writers just need to fill the required 75% of stories related to the Heat rule you seem to follow?

    What a disgrace to NBC sports. As well as Florio and the rest of the originals from PFT

    • pantsfreezone - Mar 7, 2013 at 12:39 AM

      The Celtics are destined to be a 4-1 out in the playoffs. Nobody cares about them and their boring as hell brand of basketball.

      • dko83 - Mar 7, 2013 at 2:11 AM

        This is wrong, about as wrong as your use of their.

      • dko83 - Mar 7, 2013 at 2:12 AM

        Their wasn’t wrong, jokes on me!!! Don’t drink and post. But seriously, they’ll win one game in the playoffs? I’ll take that bet.

      • miamatt - Mar 7, 2013 at 12:19 PM

        Not so fast, pants-free: if they end up playing the Knicks they are liable to win their opening round series.

  7. bjoe23 - Mar 7, 2013 at 1:44 AM

    pantsfreezone how about you get your head out of your pants and stop being so ignorant. You complain about people saying stuff about calls then you go on a huge rant calling out every major team but the Heat. That whole post was completely ignorant and how do you know they are going to be 4-1? I mean man if you can predict the future you can make a lot of money then man, good for you. But I’m guessing that is not the case so how about you just leave that out and if anything the Celtics are hot and extremely experienced in the playoffs. The days off and shortened rotation will just help them. Think before you talk.

  8. bjoe23 - Mar 7, 2013 at 1:46 AM

    You say the Heat obviously get calls against rookies but complain about star calls on all other teams. And obviously people care about the Celtics considering they have the largest fan base..

    • pantsfreezone - Mar 7, 2013 at 3:36 AM

      “Stop whining about the refs, it is pretty evenly unfair and terrible across the board.”

      What part of that were you unable to read? I said the officiating has been terrible across the board. All season. Including when Miami plays.

      Look at the numbers for crying out loud. Miami is 14th in the league in FTs attempted. Stop crying about the refs because you guys have no other complaint to make due to the fact that Miami is the best team in the league.

      Nobody cares about a team barely over .500 with zero chance of winning a chip for the next 5 years or so. The Celtics are done.

      • jimeejohnson - Mar 7, 2013 at 8:47 PM


  9. fanofevilempire - Mar 7, 2013 at 6:39 AM

    the refs are bad across the boards.
    70 year old guys who wear glasses and in the wrong position on the floor.

  10. themagicfanguy - Mar 7, 2013 at 8:17 AM

    Fun to see all the bandwagon fans try and justify the refs saving the day over and over. Harris got called for a charge when he was still in the air for the layup attempt, bad call is a bad call. Lebron did great(major credit to him) on the last basket, but it never would have gotten that far if the refs would stop acting like young/unknown players can’t get fouled. I’d still be happy if the Magic had simply been outplayed at the end because the game showed how good Vucevic and the other youngsters can be, but they got jobbed. If all you bandwagon fans saw the Heat lose in similar fashion you would be throwing fits. I’m sick of how the refs favor veterans and stars over everybody else on most calls, people just act like it’s perfectly normal when it shouldn’t be.

    • 1972wasalongtimeago - Mar 7, 2013 at 8:50 AM

      What about when Wade got called for a foul on a clean block late in the game? The Harris charge gets called 10 out of 10 times, although I’m not in favor of it.

      • cantonbound13 - Mar 7, 2013 at 12:28 PM

        Diva Wade’s whining has spread to the fans, pathetic.

  11. themagicfanguy - Mar 7, 2013 at 8:18 AM

    Charge call doesn’t apply when the “charging” player is still in the air. Magic got screwed.

  12. magicbucs - Mar 7, 2013 at 9:15 AM

    That win wasn’t earned. It was handed to them with those phantom fouls in the 4th quarter. Yes james is a great player but you heat fans better not be to thrilled that you needed help from the refs to squeak out a 1 point win against the magic. A team that has 5 rookies and 3 2nd year players. it’s the 2nd game this season that vucevic has had a 20/20 night vs the heat.
    While wade is on his down slide and after lebron goes back to the cavs after a couple more seasons the heat will be at the bottom and the magic with these players will be the next OKC/spurs…

    • robones - Mar 7, 2013 at 1:32 PM

      Are you delusional or something? LOL Did you forget we were decimating your team throughout the entire game? It was not until the 4th quarter that the Magic came back. The Heat’s lack of effort along with Spoeltra’s experimental tinkering with the lineup and changing the normal resting patterns that really gave the Magic any shot. At the end it was a close game, but if the Heat had not let off the gas pedal, it would have been a very very very very easy win. At the end, I am happy the Heat pulled off the win on a game we COULD not lose, especially to the Magic.

      Wade is in his down slide? Are you smocking crack? What games are you watching looser? Wade is averaging 62% shooting in the streak!!! Is that what you call a “down slide” and really, you think LBJ is going back to the Cavs? Really, after the owner bashed LBJ publicly? I think Lebron has more self respect than that. You are bleeding green… green with envy…. your team is purposely tanking this season. They purposely gave up to have a shot at a decent draft pick for next season. Get your head out of your A$$ and really watch NBA because from what I see, you are definitely watching another league.

  13. magicbucs - Mar 7, 2013 at 9:28 AM

    Don’t forget about when James was posting up against Harkless who was plying great D on Him all night, when James fell/flopped on his own he started to pull Harkless down with him with both of harkless arms up but harkless gets called for his 6th foul. Wtf was that?? It was obvious live and in replay it was a horrible call. Made me sick to watch that. Those refs should be suspended without pay when they make such obvious mistakes but that won’t happen cause the big market teams won’t get their wins. undeserving wins…

  14. borderline1988 - Mar 7, 2013 at 9:31 AM

    Bad defense by the Magic…you can’t let a guy get a clean look at a layup with 3 seconds left. There were guys in the paint, but they all felt like watching Lebron instead of defending him. But I guess that’s what makes Lebron so good..if the Magic would’ve collapsed on him, he would have found someone open. But still, you’d rather let Battier or Bosh shoot for the win, than a driving Lebron.

  15. mrbiz8505 - Mar 7, 2013 at 12:46 PM

    I think Shane Battier just fell over again………yep he did.

  16. southbeachtalent - Mar 7, 2013 at 2:05 PM

    “It’s good to have the best player in the game on your side.”


  17. themagicfanguy - Mar 7, 2013 at 3:26 PM

    @robones Lies. The Magic started to comeback in the 3rd(think it was 77-74 at the end of the 3rd), not the 4th. Stop with the “foot off the gas” BS, the Magic got hot in the 3rd because Nelson, Vucevic, Harkless(great defensive play for a rookie on LBJ), and Harris played played motivated and played well. The Heat not only COULD have lost, they SHOULD have if not for a BS call.
    I doubt you even watched most of the game

  18. jimeejohnson - Mar 7, 2013 at 8:53 PM

    You Floridians have nothing on the Pennsylvanians when it comes to an intense rivalry. Try Pittsburgh vs. Philadelphia: that’s a vicious divide for some unknown reason. In any case, rivalries shouldn’t degrade into a hate festival. It’s great to see a team like the Magic give the Heat a run for their
    money. I’m not a fan of either team…just a fan of this great game, like you all. You wouldn’t believe me if I told you I like all teams and hope the best team wins, but like you all, I realize the refs are biased. Unlike some of you, I realize guys like LeBron, Kobe, MJ, Magic, and Larry Legend don’t really need the refs help. They all knew how to win, and if this means manipulate refs, so be it. Ask Bill Russell: he’ll tell ya.

  19. themagicfanguy - Mar 8, 2013 at 8:13 AM

    @Jimee Um, no. Florida vs Florida State is one of the top rivalries in sports for a reason. Philly vs Pittsburgh is great, but don’t act like we don’t know about rivalries when we have a better one than you.

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