NBA: Dwyane Wade’s key FTs in Heat win over Magic came due to blown call

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The Heat and Magic offenses took over down the stretch of their game Saturday, combining to score on 12 straight possessions.

Orlando thought it finally got a stop when it forced Dwyane Wade into a miss with 51 seconds left, but officials called Nikola Vucevic for a shooting foul.

That was a mistake, according to the NBA’s Last Two Minute Report:

Vucevic (ORL) legally contests Wade’s (MIA) jump shot attempt. Any “high-five” contact after the release is considered incidental.

Wade made both free throws to put Miami up five points and added two more free throws after an intentional foul en route to the Heat’s 108-101 win.

Like most of these reviews, we don’t know how the game would’ve played out if the call had been made correctly. But Wade’s free throws pushed it to a two-possession game, and that’s obviously a significant difference.

The Magic deserved to have the ball with about 50 seconds left and a chance to tie on a single shot. Instead, they were practically toast.