Miami's Dunkadelic Flight-361 Soars Over Magic in Home Debut
The Miami Heat super-trio of Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, and Chris Bosh have been hyped since they came together this past Summer to form a super-team of all stars. They have even been given the nickname Dunkadelic Flight-361.
Dunkadelic Flight-361 took off last night at Miami's American Airlines Arena and defeated the Orlando Magic 96-70 in front of a buzzing home sell-out crowd . Court-side seats were going for as much $12,000.00.
Dwyane Wade scored 26 points, LeBron James had 15 points and seven assists and the Heat scored the first 14 points of the second half to turn a close game into a surprisingly one-sided 96-70 victory over the Orlando Magic.
Chris Bosh added 10 points and 11 rebounds for Miami. Udonis Haslem had a double-double of 11 points and 11 boards in only 23 minutes coming off the beach for the Heat.
"This is what we envisioned," James said of the overall performance of his team from an offensive and defensive standpoint.
The same couldn't have been said in the Magic locker room. Orlando has owned this series, winning 15 of the past 20 games against Miami before Friday — before Wade, James and Chris Bosh teamed up to form an instant title contender.
And the result was nothing short of shocking. The Heat held Orlando to its lowest point total since Dec. 2, 2005, and the 26-point margin matched Miami's biggest ever against the Magic. The 30.4 percent shooting effort was Orlando's worst since Nov. 3, 2003 — a span of 573 regular-season games.
"They came out, they threw an uppercut, and as a team we kind of went down," Magic center Dwight Howard said.
Oh, this was a knockout, all right.
"The guys now can't go back on this," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "They've shown me what we're capable of defensively and I will hold them to this standard now in terms of the effort. The effort was great."
When the Heat acquired James this summer, Magic president of basketball operations Otis Smith uttered a now-infamous-in-Miami line: “I was surprised that he went. I thought he was, I guess, more of a competitor.”
They competed, all right, from start to finish.
“We heard everything Orlando had to say about us in the offseason,” James said. “It’s not like it’s satisfying. I’m not relieved, because it’s a long season. But they know we’re here for the long haul. We know they’re going to be there also, but this is a different Miami Heat team. There’s only so many words to be said. At this point, the ball has to be thrown up now.”
It didn’t take long for the trio to provide their first highlight: Bosh grabbed the ball at one end, passed toward mid-court to James, who took one dribble and found Wade for an alley-oop dunk to help Miami take an early 22-13 lead.
“Off to the races,” Bosh said. They were just getting started.
Dunkadelic Flight-361 will take off next to New Jersey for a Halloween night match-up against the much improved New Jersey Nets.