The Orlando Magic allowed one open 3-pointer after another.
They committed an avalanche of turnovers.
Their starting center encountered foul trouble.
That combination would create problems against any opponent. But when that opponent also has LeBron James, it's a recipe for an overwhelming defeat.
James' Miami Heat clobbered the Magic 120-92 Wednesday night. As the final seconds ticked off the clock, many of the fans remaining inside Amway Center cheered, "Let's go Heat! Let's go Heat! Let's go Heat!"
"They're a great team," Magic point guard Jameer Nelson said afterward.
"When we make the mistakes that we made in terms of turning the ball over and giving them extra shots when they get offensive rebounds, it kind of deflates you. I think we have to do a better job of winning the effort game."
James scored 21 points, collected six rebounds, dished out seven assists and sat out the entire final period as the Heat cruised to a decisive victory.
"They're really good," Magic coach Jacque Vaughn said. "And LeBron came down and tried to impose his will on the game."
James did impose his will.
His teammates imposed their collective will, too.
James missed both 3-pointers he attempted, but the rest of the Heat sank 15 of their 22 shots from beyond the arc.
"It is kind of scary with the depth that we have and how comfortable everyone is with our lineup," James said.
The Heat, who were playing the second game of a back-to-back and rested Dwyane Wade, also converted 24 Magic turnovers into 30 points.
"We've got to give them credit for hitting shots," Magic swingman Arron Afflalo said. "At the end of the day, LeBron does command some attention at times. Maybe next game we'll probably have more individual pride just to see how well we can do defensively."
And here's something scary: The Magic (4-7) will face the Heat (9-3) again Saturday night in Miami.
It would help if Nik Vucevic, the center who played so well against the NBA champions last season, can avoid foul trouble.
On Wednesday night, he picked up his third foul midway through the second quarter and committed his fourth foul midway through the third quarter.
All those fouls kept him on the bench, and during his absence late in the third period, Miami extended its lead from 11 points to 20 points.
He fouled out with 10:05 to go in the game and finished with six points and six rebounds.
"They're the best team in the league," Vucevic said. "So they're used to all kinds of defenses, and they were able to make shots."
Afflalo scored a game-high 30 points on 7-of-9 shooting from beyond the arc.
But at halftime, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra assigned James to guard Afflalo. Although Afflalo scored seven points in the third quarter, the game turned into a rout.
The game also began as a rout.
The Magic employed a starting lineup of Nelson, Victor Oladipo, Afflalo, Maurice Harkless and Vucevic.
It was a calculated risk. The grouping of Nelson, Oladipo, Afflalo, Harkless and Vucevic had appeared in just one prior regular-season game together and had played just four minutes in that game.
The Heat scored the game's first 16 points as they made their first seven shots: a pair of 3-pointers, four layups and a midrange jumper.
The Magic responded well — taking a lead in the second quarter.
But that lead didn't last long.
"They're a great team," said Oladipo, who scored 20 points and compiled five steals but also turned the ball over eight times.
"That's no secret, so we can definitely learn something from them."
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