MIAMI (AP) — It took a record-setting night from three-point range for the Miami Heat to beat the Orlando Magic.
Duncan Robinson scored 27 points, all of them coming from beyond the arc, and the Heat hit a franchise-record 22 three-pointers in their 116-113 win over the Magic yesterday.
Goran Dragic scored 25 points and added nine assists, Kelly Olynyk scored 16 on a perfect shooting night and Jimmy Butler finished with 12 points, eight assists and seven rebounds as Miami won its fourth straight.
The previous record for Heat three-pointers was 21, set April 5, 2017, at Charlotte. The 22 3-pointers made also tied the most allowed in a game by Orlando.
“My teammates encouraged me to shoot. The coaching staff encourages me to shoot,” Robinson said. “So I just went out and tried to be aggressive.”
Terrence Ross had season-highs of 35 points and eight three-pointers for the Magic, who have dropped three straight yet remain in the No. 8 spot in the Eastern Conference playoff race.
The game became just the second in NBA regular-season history where two players made at least eight three-pointers. The other: January 5, 2019, when Stephen Curry made 10 for Golden State and Buddy Hield made eight for Sacramento. It has also happened once in a playoff game, when Draymond Green and Damian Lillard both made eight in a Golden State-Portland matchup on May 7, 2016.
Nikola Vucevic scored 22 points and grabbed 16 rebounds for the Magic, while Evan Fournier finished with 17.
“The biggest factor in that game was totally on me,” Magic coach Steve Clifford said. “We just didn’t have a good Option B for Duncan Robinson until halftime. We made adjustments at halftime. Our guys did a good job, but that was the difference in the game.”
Even after the three-point barrage by Miami, Orlando still had a chance at the end.
Down three with 6.2 seconds left after the Heat took the last foul they had left to give, the Magic went to Aaron Gordon — who got a good look at a three-pointer from the right corner. It hit the rim, the Heat controlled the rebound and time expired.
Robinson missed his first shot, a three-pointer from the left corner. His next seven were all 3s, and all connected. He was seven for eight from distance in the opening 24 minutes, becoming the first player in the NBA to have two first halves with at least seven 3s this season — he had eight in the first half against Cleveland on November 20.
“Some of those 3s they made were hard shots and sometimes that happens,” Vucevic said. “I thought defensively we were better. There are some mistakes that we didn’t take care of.”