Updated: March 18, 2012, 10:21 PM ET
LeBron James 4-14 FG | 6-8 FT | 12 REB | 7 AST | 14 PTS | +13

LeBron looked sick out there, that's how sluggish he played. With Chris Bosh lighting it up early and Dwyane Wade lighting it up late, LeBron didn't have the normal urgency to put up buckets. It was a rare inefficient outing from the floor for LeBron, but he made up for some of it defensively and on the glass.

Dwyane Wade 13-25 FG | 5-7 FT | 6 REB | 4 AST | 31 PTS | +16

Wade took over in the fourth quarter and gave the sleepy Heat a much-needed injection of energy. Wade slashed and sliced into the lane like his normal self, making Jason Richardson look like he was playing under water. Wade was in attack mode from the get-go but the results weren't always there. That all changed in the final frame.

Chris Bosh 9-13 FG | 5-5 FT | 7 REB | 3 AST | 23 PTS | +14

How do you get Chris Bosh to snap out of his slump? By force-feeding him touches apparently. The Heat gave Bosh the ball on the block practically every time down the floor in the first quarter. And it worked brilliantly. His and-1 in the fourth quarter was the exclamation point to a big win for the stumbling Heat.


Cleaning up the glass has been the Achilles' heel for the Heat recently so playing Dwight Howard and the Magic on Sunday could have been their worst nightmare. But instead of getting bludgeoned underneath, the Heat stood their own, led by LeBron's work down low. Limiting Dwight Howard to 12 rebounds is actually an enormous improvement over previous meetings.

Orlando Magic

Where's the scoring coming from? Dwight Howard, who scored 18 points, can't do it alone. Ryan Anderson and Hedo Turkoglu combined for an abysmal seven points on 3-for-10 shooting. The Heat's objective of daring anyone not numbered No. 12 to score worked like a charm. When the 3-point shot isn't going down, the Magic simply can't piece together a win.

Grades by Tom Haberstroh


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