Heat Check: Different mask doesn't slow James in win over Magic

Charlie McCarthy breaks down how the Heat were able to beat their intrastate foe the Magic in Miami on Saturday night.

Charlie McCarthy breaks down how the Heat were able to beat their intrastate foe the Magic in Miami on Saturday night.

MIAMI -- The NBA made clear what it expected in a protective mask and LeBron James obliged with a less menacing look.

Still, the outcome Saturday night was similar to two nights earlier as the Heat defeated the Orlando Magic 112-98 at AmericanAirlines Arena.

James, who scored 31 points while wearing a black carbon-fiber mask to protect his broken nose in a 108-82 win against the New York Knicks on Thursday night, had 20 points in 31 minutes, 13 seconds while wearing a clear mask against the Magic.

Dwyane Wade hit 10 of 14 shots and finished with 24 points for the Heat (42-14), who won their seventh straight overall and 10th in 11 games. Chris Bosh added 17 points as Miami notched its fifth straight double-digit victory.

The record ties Miami's best 56-game start. The Heat have done that three times.

Tobias Harris scored 20 points to pace the Magic (18-43), who had snapped a 16-game road losing streak at Phildelphia on Wednesday.

The Heat led 61-53 at halftime and took control in the third quarter, when they went on a 22-9 run. They led by as many as 23 in the second half.

THE TURNING POINT

Already leading 67-60 with 8:45 left in the third quarter, the Heat scored 22 of the next 31 points during a span of 6:28 to go up 89-69.

THE DIFFERENCE MAKER

James, who besides scoring, had nine rebounds and seven assists.

STAT OF THE GAME

Miami's defense held Orlando to 4-of-18 shooting from 3-point range.

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WHAT'S NEXT

The Heat will play the Charlotte Bobcats 7:30 p.m. Monday at AmericanAirlines Arena.

You can follow Charlie McCarthy on Twitter @mccarthy_chas or email him at mac1763@bellsouth.net.

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