LeBron James Hits Winner, Heat Win Thriller 97-96

Lebron James hits the game winner over the Miami Heat’s in-state rival, the Orlando Magic on Wednesday Night. James scored on a layup with just 3.2 seconds left.

The Miami Heat have now won 16 straight games, the longest streak in James career with Miami. The Orlando Magic are in the middle of their worst season in recent years due to the loss of Dwight Howard to the Los Angeles Lakers this offseason.

LeBron James finished the contest with 26 points and just three rebounds and two assists. Dwyane Wade added 24 points and six rebounds in the winning effort.

Chris Bosh had the only double-double for the Heat, finishing with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Nikola Vucevic of the Magic had a whopping 21 rebounds to go along with 25 points. Vucevic is currently fourth in the NBA in rebounds with an average of 11.4 a game.

Point guard Jameer Nelson had a double-double for the Magic with 16 points and 14 assists in the loss. The Magic now hold a 17-45 record, the worst in the league outside of the Charlotte Bobcats.

The Orlando Magic take on the Indiana Pacers Friday before a contest with the Philadelphia 76ers Sunday. The Heat have the exact opposite schedule, facing off with the 76ers on Friday and the Pacers on Sunday.

LeBron James has made a career out of big moments, whether he ended up on the right side of the win or not. Coming off an NBA Championship and a Gold medal at the Olympics, James and his Heat teammates are once again the favorites to win the NBA title.

LeBron James is currently fourth in the league in scoring at 27 points a game, but has been the Heat’s most valuable player all season long. James has played in every Heat game this year, and averages four more minutes a game than any of his teammates.

The Miami Heat’s last loss came on Feb. 1 against the Pacers, who they will see again Sunday. The Heat are followed by the Atlanta Hawks in the Southeast Division, but hold an 11.5 game lead which is going to be nearly impossible for the Hawks to erase.

The Heat will seemingly cruise into the playoffs riding the momentum of a great finish to the season. With just over a month left before the playoffs, the Heat will play 13 of their final 23 games against teams below .500. LeBron James hits the game winner as the Heat continue to roll-on towards the playoffs. Anything less than a ring will be considered a failure in Miami and you can believe LeBron James is up to the challenge.