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April 18, 2013

In limited time, Dwyane Wade leads way as Miami Heat get win No. 66, beats Orlando Magic

The Heat brushed aside the Magic to notch its 66th victory and set its focus on its playoff opener Sunday against the Bucks.

Heat win No. 66 for the 2012-13 season, a 105-93 cruise past Orlando at AmericanAirlines Arena, possessed the light workout feel that you would expect for a No. 1 seed closing out its the regular season.

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra probably worked the team harder during Wednesday’s morning shootaround, which he ran as a practice. Playoff Game 1 of the Heat’s NBA title defense will be Sunday at home against Milwaukee, with the time to be determined.

Wednesday’s sellout crowd, which arrived on time for a game of such little consequence and star power, got to see one third of the Heat’s Big 3.

After joking during pregame that he was going after the scoring title that New York’s Carmelo Anthony had clinched, Heat guard Dwyane Wade played 23 minutes 13 seconds, scored 21 points on 9-of-15 shooting from the field and had 10 assists.

Wade spent the fourth quarter on the bench with ice on both knees.

Sharing game-high scoring honors with Wade was Heat forward Mike Miller, who bombed in 6 of 9 from three-point range. The Heat as a team shot 53.8 from the field, 41.4 from three-point range and, strangely, 47.4 percent from the free-throw line (Wade went 3 of 8).

With LeBron James away on what Heat coach Erik Spoelstra called “personal business,” Mario Chalmers not dressed and Chris Bosh dressed but sitting, everybody else got some playing time.

Juwan Howard, 40, started, played 17 minutes and got 12 points. The Heat crew on the court at the end included Jarvis Varnado, James Jones and Joel Anthony, in what could be the last time any of them see the court this season unless the Heat has a big lead in a series close-out game.

Orlando’s Nikola Vucevic scored 20 points on 9-of-13 shooting and grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds.

Tobias Harris scored 19 points and got eight rebounds for the Magic, which closed the season 20-62. Beno Udrih dished out a game-high 14 assists for Orlando.

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