Like I said in my preview, there was no way the Heat were losing their season finale against the league-worst 20-62 Orlando Magic.
Spo on tonight's #HEATwin: It was nice to get the win in front of our fans in the last game of the regular season.
— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) April 18, 2013
And the Heat did not disappoint, leading 29-20 after the first quarter and never looked back. Part of their success was due to Dwayne Wade’s fantastic performance in the absence of LeBron James. He had 24 points, 5 rebounds, and 10 assists. Mike Miller also had 21 points on 6 of 9 from three point range and JUWAN HOWARD chipped in 12.
Part of Orlando’s problem offensively was their three point shooting: the Orlando Magic shot just 14% from the three point line (2-14) while the Heat were 41.4% from three point range.
Norris Cole continued his fantastic run of form, starting at point guard again, dishing out seven assists and having only two turnovers.
The Heat are the 14th team in the history of the NBA to end with a winning percentage greater than 80%, and will have home court advantage throughout the playoffs. They play the Milwaukee Bucks in the first round of the NBA playoffs.