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Johnson, Dragic lead Heat comeback in win over Magic

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Tyler Johnson and Goran Dragic took over in the second half Saturday night, leading the Miami Heat back from an 18-point deficit in a 117-111 victory over the Orlando Magic.

Johnson scored 22 points in the third quarter and Dragic had 14 in the fourth to help Miami avoid a second straight embarrassing defeat.

Aaron Gordon scored 39 points for the Magic, who took a commanding lead with 24 fast-break points in a 66-point first half.

''They were running us out of the gym,'' said Johnson, who finished with a season-high 31 points. ''We couldn't seem to stop anything in transition. It was hard to get into an offensive rhythm because we were using all our energy trying to run back on defense.''

Orlando got only two points off the break in the second half.

''In the second half we completely changed the game,'' said Dragic, who finished with 25 points and eight assists. ''We defended them in the halfcourt, and I think that was the ball game.''

The Magic (12-25) lost for the 10th time in 11 games despite shooting 54 percent.

''This hurts,'' Magic coach Frank Vogel said. ''Our guys played their hearts out, played with great effort. I felt like they deserved to win, but you've got to get stops down the stretch and we weren't able to do that.''

Just one night after a 24-point loss to Brooklyn, the Heat (19-17) shot 63 percent in the second half in winning for the eighth time in 12 games.

''Basically halftime was about them. I stepped back and let them talk and figure it out,'' Heat coach Eric Spoelstra said. ''It was a much different disposition in the second half. I was speechless after that game last night. I feel like that a little bit right now.''

Orlando led 68-50 early in the second half when Johnson led Miami back into the game. He made 10 of 11 shots including a couple of 3-pointers. His only miss of the quarter was a long buzzer shot that left the Heat down 92-86.

''Tyler was tremendous, player of the game for us,'' Spoelstra said. ''Really inspiring. Other guys wanted to step up for him.''

SLOW START FOR JOHNSON

Johnson's big night started with a nearly invisible first half in which he missed three of four shots. ''Really the ball just started going in,'' he said. ''I felt like in the first half I wasn't very assertive, kind of like what I was doing early in the season when I wasn't putting my fingerprints on the game.''

TIP-INS

Heat: Johnson's 22-point third quarter was a season high for Miami and only three points short of his personal season high for a game before Saturday night.

Magic: Rookie F Jonathan Isaac will be placed in an injury rehabilitation and conditioning program and will be out indefinitely. Isaac has played only 36 minutes in three games since spraining his right ankle Nov. 11.

UP NEXT

Heat: Host Detroit on Wednesday night.

Magic: At Brooklyn on Monday night.

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Key Players
G. Dragic
7 PG
A. Gordon
00 PF
33.2 Min. Per Game 33.2
18.1 Pts. Per Game 18.1
2.2 Ast. Per Game 2.2
8.0 Reb. Per Game 8.0
43.4 Field Goal % 49.9
43.1 Three Point % 48.9
76.9 Free Throw % 75.0
+ 1 Hassan Whiteside made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:00
  Hassan Whiteside missed 1st of 2 free throws 0:00
  Team rebound 0:00
  Personal foul on Bismack Biyombo 0:00
  Defensive rebound by Hassan Whiteside 0:00
  Evan Fournier missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:03
+ 1 Tyler Johnson made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:13
+ 1 Tyler Johnson made 1st of 2 free throws 0:13
  Personal foul on Bismack Biyombo 0:13
  Defensive rebound by Tyler Johnson 0:13
  Aaron Gordon missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:15
Team Stats
Points 117 111
Field Goals 45-88 (51.1%) 44-81 (54.3%)
3-Pointers 12-24 (50.0%) 12-27 (44.4%)
Free Throws 15-18 (83.3%) 11-15 (73.3%)
Total Rebounds 46 41
Offensive 11 9
Defensive 29 28
Team 6 4
Assists 24 31
Steals 6 2
Blocks 2 9
Turnovers 8 12
Fouls 17 20
Technicals 0 1
25 PTS, 4 REB, 8 AST
39 PTS, 7 REB, 1 AST
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away team logo Heat 19-17 21293631117
home team logo Magic 12-25 32342619111
Team Stats
away team logo Heat 19-17 103.4 PPG 41 RPG 23.8 APG
home team logo Magic 12-25 PPG RPG APG
Key Players
T. Johnson SG 11.7 PPG 3.4 RPG 2.3 APG 43.5 FG%
A. Gordon PF 17.6 PPG 7.9 RPG 2.3 APG 43.4 FG%
Top Scorers
T. Johnson SG 31 PTS 4 REB 3 AST
A. Gordon PF 39 PTS 7 REB 1 AST
51.1 FG% 54.3
50.0 3PT FG% 44.4
83.3 FT% 73.3
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
T. Johnson 38 31 4 3 1 0 1 3 12/18 3/4 4/5 1 3 41 +7
G. Dragic 38 25 4 8 2 1 2 2 11/22 2/4 1/1 1 3 46 +9
K. Olynyk 30 17 6 3 1 0 2 1 3/7 2/4 9/10 0 6 28 +2
J. Richardson 40 11 4 5 2 1 1 4 5/11 1/2 0/0 0 4 27 +5
H. Whiteside 28 9 13 4 0 0 0 0 4/11 0/0 1/2 7 6 30 +5
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
T. Johnson 38 31 4 3 1 0 1 3 12/18 3/4 4/5 1 3 41 +7
G. Dragic 38 25 4 8 2 1 2 2 11/22 2/4 1/1 1 3 46 +9
K. Olynyk 30 17 6 3 1 0 2 1 3/7 2/4 9/10 0 6 28 +2
J. Richardson 40 11 4 5 2 1 1 4 5/11 1/2 0/0 0 4 27 +5
H. Whiteside 28 9 13 4 0 0 0 0 4/11 0/0 1/2 7 6 30 +5
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
W. Ellington 31 12 4 1 0 0 1 2 4/9 4/9 0/0 0 4 17 +6
J. Mickey 13 6 1 0 0 0 0 1 3/5 0/1 0/0 1 0 7 +3
B. Adebayo 15 6 3 0 0 0 1 4 3/5 0/0 0/0 1 2 8 -7
D. Walton 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 1 0
J. Johnson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Waiters - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Hammons - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. McGruder - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Winslow - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
O. White - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Williams - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
U. Haslem - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 117 40 24 6 2 8 17 45/88 12/24 15/18 11 29 205 +30
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
A. Gordon 35 39 7 1 0 2 0 2 14/22 5/11 6/7 1 6 50 -3
E. Fournier 36 23 6 3 0 1 2 1 9/17 3/6 2/2 0 6 34 +1
J. Simmons 35 12 6 6 0 1 2 3 4/10 3/4 1/2 1 5 29 0
B. Biyombo 32 10 10 1 0 4 1 4 5/6 0/0 0/0 7 3 25 +2
E. Payton 39 8 2 13 0 1 6 3 4/10 0/0 0/2 0 2 31 -7
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
A. Gordon 35 39 7 1 0 2 0 2 14/22 5/11 6/7 1 6 50 -3
E. Fournier 36 23 6 3 0 1 2 1 9/17 3/6 2/2 0 6 34 +1
J. Simmons 35 12 6 6 0 1 2 3 4/10 3/4 1/2 1 5 29 0
B. Biyombo 32 10 10 1 0 4 1 4 5/6 0/0 0/0 7 3 25 +2
E. Payton 39 8 2 13 0 1 6 3 4/10 0/0 0/2 0 2 31 -7
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
M. Hezonja 12 6 3 2 0 0 0 1 3/5 0/2 0/0 0 3 13 -3
D. Augustin 12 5 0 1 2 0 0 1 2/4 1/2 0/0 0 0 9 -2
M. Speights 15 4 3 2 0 0 0 1 1/5 0/2 2/2 0 3 11 -8
A. Afflalo 14 2 0 1 0 0 1 1 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 0 3 -5
W. Iwundu 5 2 0 1 0 0 0 3 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 0 4 -5
S. Mack - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
N. Vucevic - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Ross - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Artis - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Payne - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Birch - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Isaac - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 111 37 31 2 9 12 20 44/81 12/27 11/15 9 28 209 -30