Wade, Heat beat Magic again

Dwyane Wade emerged from the training room wearing a black robe and

with a thick bag of ice strapped to his aching right wrist.

“It’s all right now,” Wade said.

Unlikely as it seemed a few days ago, so are the Miami Heat,

who enjoyed a rare romp past the Orlando Magic.

Wade had 25 points and seven assists, Michael Beasley added

22 points and the Heat were in control throughout an easy 104-86

victory over the Eastern Conference champion Magic on Thursday

night.

Dorell Wright and Quentin Richardson each scored 11 points

for the Heat, who beat their Southeast Division rivals for the

second time in two meetings this year after netting only one win

against Orlando in the previous three seasons combined.

“I think if we continue to play with this focus, play with

this energy, we’ll be a pretty tough team to beat,” Beasley said.

Dwight Howard finished with 17 points and 14 rebounds for the

Magic, who fell to 15-4 against the East this season. J.J. Redick

scored 13 points, Mickael Pietrus added 12 and Vince Carter was

scoreless for the first 21 minutes before finishing with 10 points

for Orlando.

Magic coach Stan Van Gundy wanted to shoulder the blame,

saying he tinkered with Orlando’s defensive schemes beforehand.

Players, including Rashard Lewis, pointed the finger at themselves

instead.

“I hate to say it, but before the game I saw this coming,”

Van Gundy said.

Whatever he changed didn’t work, as Miami shot 52 percent

from the floor.

“You can be in the right place. If you’re not going hard, it

doesn’t matter,” Redick said.

Wade sat out the entire fourth quarter for the third straight

game, all of them routs with Miami winning the last two. Since a

pair of team meetings following a 28-point home loss to Memphis on

Sunday, the Heat are 2-0 with an average winning margin of 19

points.

“It’s been a good week for us to grow and that’s part of the

development of this team,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “In the

NBA, that’s sometimes what you have to do is sequester yourself

when you have adversity. There’s so many things.”

The Magic have dominated the Sunshine State rivalry in recent

years, winning 12 of the last 14 meetings coming into Thursday. The

only two Orlando losses in that span were by six points last

January, then a single point on Nov. 25.

This one, much different.

Miami hadn’t enjoyed a blowout against Orlando since Feb. 15,

2006, 16 series games ago. The Heat won 110-100 that night, a final

margin that belied the fact Miami led by as many as 29 in that

game.

Unbelievably as it may seem, considering Orlando had won 12

of the last 14 in the series, Miami led by 29 in this one as well.

“We need to start games with an energy and a focus and we

didn’t do that tonight,” Van Gundy said.

Sparked by three separate 10-0 runs, the Heat led 89-60

entering the fourth quarter. The first two spurts came in the first

quarter, putting Miami up 12-6 and then 33-18.

And the final burst came to close the third, although it may

have been costly for Miami.

Wade hit a pullup 3-pointer with 1 minute remaining, putting

Miami up 87-60. When Redick tried a layup in transition moments

later, Wade lurked behind then pounced to block it off the

backboard.

“If he was a guy who could dunk the ball, it would have been

a little different,” Wade said. “But since I knew it he was going

to lay it in, it made it a little easier to time it.”

Redick went tumbling, but Wade apparently got the worst of

the deal.

Already bothered by a sore right wrist for the past week,

Wade started shaking his shooting hand seconds after making that

block and asked to be removed from the game.

It was about the only downside for Miami all night. Miami’s

starting backcourt of Wade and Carlos Arroyo combined for 14

assists and no turnovers.

NOTES: The Heat had two turnovers in the first half. …

Williams, the point guard when Miami won its NBA title in 2006, got

a warm ovation when starting lineups were announced. His last time

playing in Miami for an opposing team was Dec. 28, 2001 for

Memphis. … Florida Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez, a close friend

of Van Gundy, was courtside.