19 Dec 2009

Miami Heat cruise past NBA divisional rivals Orlando

6:56 am on 19 December 2009

The NBA All-Star guard Dwyane Wade hit 25 points and sat out the fourth quarter as the Miami Heat cruised past the Orlando Magic 104-86.

Miami led by 15 after the first quarter and enjoyed a 10 and 0 run at the end of the third to take a commanding 89-60 advantage, meaning Wade's evening could end early.

Forward Michael Beasley contributed 22 points and eight rebounds, with Quentin Richardson and Dorell Wright pitching in with 11 points each, as the Heat (13-11) beat the Magic for the second time in as many meetings this year.

Wade, who becomes a free agent after the season closes, made 10 of 17 shots and added seven assists in his three quarters of work as the Heat moved within five games of the Magic and South East division leaders the Atlanta Hawks.

The loss for Orlando (19-7), the defending Eastern Conference champions, was their third in five matches with Dwight Howard top-scoring with 17 points and 14 rebounds.

Orlando shot just 9-for-28 in three-point attempts and managed only 12 assists in the lopsided defeat.