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Sunday, January 5, 2014

Heat's Shane Battier out versus Magic

By on 1/05/2014 12:00:00 PM

The Miami Heat defeated the Orlando Magic on Saturday by the score of 110-94. The win moved the Heat to 25-8, first place in the Southeast Division.  They played without veteran forward Shane Battier.  It was the only the second game that Battier has missed this season.

As reported by The Associated Press at, Battier was out with a sore quadriceps.  Rashard Lewis started for Battier and responded with 18 points on 6-of-11 shooting, in 31 minutes.  Michael Beasley came off the bench and added 13 points and five rebounds, in 18 minutes.

Should Battier miss anymore games, expect Lewis and Beasley to continue to get increased playing time.  Chris Anderson, Udonis Haslem and James Jones may also benefit in Battier's absence, although Haslem and Jones did not play against the Magic.

Battier is in his 13th NBA season out of Duke. He was the Grizzlies' first round draft pick in 2001 and has played for the Grizzlies, Rockets and Heat during his career.  In 31 games this season, he is averaging 4.4 points and 1.9 rebounds, in 20 minutes per game. Battier is averaging 8.8 points and 4.3 rebounds, in 935 career games.

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