This was not the smoothest of operations.
Not close, even at the dramatic finish.
But the result was familiar, the Miami Heat franchise-record winning streak now at 16, one victory off the longest in the NBA this season.
No, this 97-96 victory Wednesday night over the Orlando Magic at AmericanAirlines Arena hardly played out as expected.
Except for LeBron James at the finish, with his driving layup with 3.2 seconds to play closing the scoring.
That played out just fine.
"He just kind of spaced it and drove it and jumped over everybody and put it in with his left hand," coach Erik Spoelstra said of the play that accounted for the last two of James' game-high 26 points.
After missing a pair of 3-pointers moments earlier, James said one way or the other, he was getting to the rim.
"I had no intention," he said, "of pulling up for a jumper."
James comes through at end vs. Magic, Heat win streak at 16
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel | Mar 7