The Miami Heat concluded their 25th and most successful regular season ever on Wednesday night with another reserve-fueled victory, this time over the Orlando Magic, 105-93. The win finishes off a stellar, record-breaking 66-16 campaign.
Dwyane Wade did a little polishing up on the night, starting and scoring 21 points in 24 minutes, in addition Wade dished out 10 assists in the limited action. Mike Miller dropped six threes and scored 21 points on the night while Rashard Lewis chipped in 16.
Nikola Vucevic had 20 points and 13 rebounds for Orlando in defeat, while Tobias Harris had 19. The Magic will now head home for the offseason, missing the playoffs for the first time in the past six years.
Reserves once again dominated the court for Miami, and once again Miami looked like the better team regardless. The Heat pretty much led wire-to-wire, finishing off yet another impressive performance from a team that could easily have packed it in weeks ago with nothing to gain. You know things are going well when Juwan Howard goes 6-9 and scores 10 points in just 17 minutes of action. Well, I guess Juwan Howard playing a lot could also mean your team is in trouble, but it doesn't in this case, it's a good sign.
Attention finally moves on to bigger and better things, as the Heat prepare for the Milwaukee Bucks and the first round of the NBA Playoffs. The start time for Game One on Sunday in Miami should be announced by the NBA today, so to be safe, keep your entire Sunday open. Hell, who are we kidding -- cancel everything until the end of June to be safe. Seriously though, schedule nothing at night, commit to nothing. Personally it never fails year after year some asshole I know or happens to be my parent or something needs a ride from the airport at 9:17pm when tip off for Game Five is 9:07pm -- avoid this!
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