Updated: March 14, 2012, 12:56 AM ET
LeBron James 7-20 FG | 3-3 FT | 11 REB | 8 AST | 19 PTS | +2
GRADEC+

LeBron nearly had a triple-double, but it felt mostly hallow. He may not have guarded Dwight Howard for long, but he dabbled in just about everything else on the court. And that includes turnovers. LeBron wasn't his sharpest on Tuesday (six TOs) and ran into the wall that is Howard late in overtime, getting blocked twice at the rim.

Dwyane Wade 12-22 FG | 2-2 FT | 6 REB | 5 AST | 28 PTS | +4
GRADEB

His huge 3-pointer with 38 seconds left helped send the game into overtime, but he couldn't knock down the potential game-winner. As he has all season, Wade came out with reckless abandon. He scored 11 quick points in the first quarter, mostly while flying at a billion miles per hour in the open court. When the fast breaks slowed down, so did Wade's production.

Chris Bosh 9-14 FG | 5-6 FT | 8 REB | 2 AST | 23 PTS | -6
GRADEB

Just pickin' his spots and gettin' to the line. That's the way Chris Bosh does it. You can usually tell how Bosh played strictly looking at his free-throw total and on Tuesday night it told the truth. Bosh played aggressively for most of the game, but disappeared late. He could have attacked the boards with more intensity, but that's what you get against Howard.

Shane Battier 1-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 2 PTS | -8
GRADED-

Could not come through when it counted. The Heat have stressed the tenets of trust in late-game situations, but Battier's four errant 3-point shots will certainly test the team's confidence. Battier had been on fire leading into Tuesday, but the Heat missed the shot-making of Mike Miller (ankle) in this one. And James Jones could only look on from the bench as Battier fouled out.

Orlando Magic
GRADEA-

As the trade winds were swirling around Amway Center, the Magic looked like they were going to lay down and let the Heat run all over them. But after trailing by 14 points, the Magic stormed all the way back to take a fourth-quarter lead. Howard had a ho-hum game with 24 points and 25 rebounds. The demise of Jameer Nelson (25 points) has been greatly exaggerated. For at least one game.

Grades by Tom Haberstroh

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