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            === Heat close season with win over NBA-worst Magic ===
 Miami,  FL (Sports  Network) - Dwyane Wade  scored 21 points and dished out 10
 assists  as the  Miami Heat cruised to  a 105-93 win over the Orlando Magic in
 the season finale for both teams.
 Mike  Miller  added 21  points and Rashard  Lewis scored 16  points to go with
 eight  rebounds for  the Heat,  who will  have the  top seed  in the  upcoming
 Eastern   Conference   Playoffs.  Miami,   which   owns   the  league's   best
 record (66-16), will face the Milwaukee Bucks in the first round on Sunday.
 "The guys in the locker room should be very proud," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra
 said.  "We came in with the type of mentality for success. This was a great
 opportunity we all had to be part of this team."
 Reigning league MVP LeBron James sat the contest out to rest a sore hamstring.
 Nikola  Vucevic posted his 46th double-double of the season with 20 points and
 13 rebounds for the Magic, who finished an NBA-worst 20-62. With the loss, and
 Charlotte Bobcats victory, Orlando secured the best opportunity at landing the
 top pick in the NBA Lottery.
 "I am going to continue to preach being consistent. That is what this league
 is about," Magic coach Jacque Vaughn said. "The most consistent team on a
 nightly basis gives themselves a chance and we continue to work like that.
 Miami forced six turnovers in the first quarter and got eight points from Wade
 to  take a 29-20  lead after the first 12 minutes. Beno Udrih tied the game at
 7-7 with a runner at the 7:47 mark, but the Heat opened up a 17-7 run to go up
 24-14 with just under four minutes to go in the frame.
 Miami's  lead grew  to 14,  53-39, following  a Udonis  Haslem layup,  but the
 Magic closed the frame on an 8-2 burst to pull within 55-47 at the break.
 Orlando  got as  close as  69-67,  but was  outscored  14-7 to  head into  the
 final frame trailing 85-74.
 The Magic couldn't get closer than nine over the final 12 minutes.
                                   Game Notes
 Miami  extended its franchise  record for wins in a season to 66. The Heat won
 61 games in 1996-1997 ... Miami won eight straight to end the season ... Juwan
 Howard  scored more points Wednesday night (12), than he had all season (nine)
 ... Tobias Harris scored 19 points for the Magic, who have dropped 12 straight
 on the road to end the season.
 04/18 02:40:04 ET