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Saturday, Dec. 19, 2009

Wade leads Heat in rout of Magic

MIAMI (AP) Dwyane Wade emerged from the training room wearing a black robe and with a thick bag of ice strapped to his aching right wrist.

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Fast to the glass: Phoenix's Grant Hill puts up a shot in front of Portland's Brandon Roy on Thursday night. AP PHOTO

"It's all right now," Wade said.

Unlikely as it seemed a few days ago, so are the Miami Heat, who 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.

Dorell Wright and Quentin Richardson each scored 11 points for the Heat, who beat their Southeast Division rivals for the second time in two meetings this year after netting only one win against Orlando in the previous three seasons.

"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 finished with 17 points and 14 rebounds for the Magic, who fell to 15-4 against the East this season. J.J. Redick scored 13 points, Mickael Pietrus added 12 and Vince Carter was scoreless for the first 21 minutes before finishing with 10 points for Orlando.

Blazers 105, Suns 102

In Portland, Jerryd Bayless had a career-high 29 points and made three free throws in the final 9 seconds, and the Trail Blazers overcame a 15-point third-quarter deficit to beat Phoenix.

Bulls 98, Knicks 89

In Chicago, Luol Deng scored 24 points, John Salmons added 20 and the Bulls rallied from 17 down for their third win in 14 games.

Hughes sidelined

CHICAGO (AP) New York Knicks guard Larry Hughes is expected to miss the next two games because of a strained left groin.

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