Heat rally, down Magic 110-94

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 4, 2014 at 10:21 pm •  Published: January 4, 2014
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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Rashard Lewis didn't join the Miami Heat last season with any illusions of expecting to log the minutes he did earlier in his career.

That doesn't mean the veteran forward isn't capable of contributing quality minutes when the Heat need them.

Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh each had 20 points, and Lewis added 18 points in just his second start of the season as the Miami Heat rallied to beat the Orlando Magic 110-94 Saturday night.

"We're a veteran team and I'm used to it after playing last year. You just have to be mentally ready to go when your name is called upon," Lewis said. "With the type of team we have you might play 20 minutes and you might play 5 minutes. You've just got to be ready."

Lewis started in place of Shane Battier, who sat out to rest a sore quadriceps. He gave quality minutes all night, hitting three 3-pointers. He also had eight points during a third-quarter run, before the Heat's big three then caught fire in the fourth to secure the victory.

LeBron James had 15 points, eight rebounds and eight assists.

The Heat won their eighth straight over the Magic. It was also Miami's 22nd consecutive divisional victory, leaving it just one win short of tying Boston's NBA record of 23 set in 1961.

Miami kept its streak going despite James' 5-for-13 shooting night.

Wade has been pacing himself recently in back-to-back games, but started Saturday. Miami hosts Toronto on Sunday. The Raptors are one of the league's hottest teams, winning five straight and eight of their last 10. They currently lead the Atlantic Division.

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said it's something they're aware of, but nothing they'll put too much emphasis on.

"We've been noticing," Spoelstra said. "They've been playing very good basketball. We mentioned that about the Eastern Conference. It is way too premature to figure out where teams are. There are teams that have higher ceilings, and they're one of them."

The Magic were without starting center Nik Vucevic, who missed his second straight game with a sprained left ankle. But they managed to stay in the game by spacing the floor and getting some easy layups. They fell apart down the stretch, though, as Miami began to rack up points inside.