MIAMI - 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,” he said.
Unlikely as it seemed a few days ago, so is the Miami Heat, which 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 night.
“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 had 17 points and 14 rebounds for Orlando (9-7), which fell to 15-4 vs. the East.
Wade sat out the entire fourth quarter for the third straight game, all of them routs, with Miami (13-11) winning the past two.
“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. 1 JAMEER NELSON HEALING All-Star guard Jameer Nelson is healing from Nov. 18 surgery on his left knee and might return to practice with the Orlando Magic as soon as Sunday.
2 CHALMERS STAYS ON BENCH Carlos Arroyo started at point guard for Miami, keeping Mario Chalmers in reserve after 105 starts. Chalmers was late to practice Tuesday.
3 HUGHES OUT TWO GAMES New York Knicks guard Larry Hughes, who is averaging 12.3 points a game, is expected to miss the next two games because of a strained left groin.
4 SHORT STUFF Allen Iverson’s arthritic left knee will keep him out of Philadelphia’s game tonight vs. Boston. … Portland called up 6-foot-9 forward Anthony Tolliver from Idaho of the NBADL.