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
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
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
“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
“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
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
“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
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.