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Magic win 6th straight, top Heat 104-99 in East showdown

MIAMI (AP) There was no raucous celebration by the Orlando Magic.

Getting to eighth place now, that's not their goal. Being there - or higher - in two weeks is what matters, and on Tuesday night the Magic looked very much like a team poised to end a long postseason drought.

Nikola Vucevic scored 24 points and grabbed 16 rebounds, Jonathan Issac added 19 and the Magic extended their longest winning streak in eight years to six games by topping the Miami Heat 104-99.

''This time of year is when it's the most important,'' Vucevic said. ''We're fighting for a playoff spot and to win six is really huge and it gives us a big advantage right now so we've got to keep it up.''

D.J. Augustin scored 17 points and Aaron Gordon finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Magic (37-38), who won the season series with Miami 3-1 and moved past the Heat (36-38) into eighth in the Eastern Conference playoff race.

Evan Fournier scored 11 points for Orlando, which hasn't had a winning streak this long since January 2011.

''It's really encouraging. It's fun,'' Gordon said. ''There's an energy, there's a buzz in the gym when we come in, and it's just a beautiful thing.''

Dion Waiters scored 26 points for Miami, which lost on the night the Heat raised Chris Bosh's No. 1 jersey to the rafters in a halftime retirement ceremony. Dwyane Wade scored 22 points and Josh Richardson added 17 for the Heat, who are assured of a losing home record this season - they're 17-21 with three games left in Miami.

''You're going to feel great joy from wins and you're going to feel great pain from losses,'' Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. ''That's how you want to be measured.''

Orlando dominated Miami on the backboards, outrebounding the Heat 55-39.

Waiters made a 3-pointer with 14 seconds left to get Miami within three, but Augustin made a pair of foul shots to seal the win.

The Heat led by 17 in the first half, settling for a 51-42 lead at the break - a 35-minute halftime in real time, because of the length of the ceremony paying tribute to Bosh.

Orlando clearly wasn't deterred by the longer-than-usual intermission. The Magic controlled the third quarter, taking their first lead of the game with 5:11 left in the period on a 3-pointer by Issac. Orlando shot 57 percent in the quarter, held the Heat to 30 percent from the floor in those 12 minutes, outscored Miami by 15 points and took a 76-70 lead into the fourth.

Orlando pushed the lead out to eight early in the fourth, before a 10-2 Heat run - fueled in part by a four-point play from Wade - tied the game at 82. Unbothered yet again, Orlando scored nine of the next 11 points and went up 91-84 on a 3-pointer by Vucevic with 5:56 remaining.

Miami has eight games left, which would be the last eight games of Wade's career if the playoffs are missed.

''We're in the fight,'' Wade said. ''We've got a chance.''

TIP-INS

Magic: This game started a four-game trip against East playoff contenders, with stops left in Detroit, Indiana and Toronto. ''We're going to have to go on the road and do it, but we have more than enough talent,'' Orlando coach Steve Clifford said. ... This was the 14th and final back-to-back of the season for the Magic. They were 10-4 in openers, 6-8 in second games.

Heat: Wade played against Orlando for the 53rd and presumably final time. He's faced the Magic more times in the regular season than he has any other team. ... Justise Winslow turned 23 on Tuesday and sat out his sixth consecutive game with a thigh bruise. The Heat were also missing Rodney McGruder (knee). ... Kelly Olynyk played 23 minutes and is now 88 shy of 1,700 for the season - and a $1 million bonus.

MILESTONE

Wade now has 23,004 points in his career, the 30th NBA player to cross that threshold. He still has a chance of catching Elgin Baylor (23,133) for 29th on the league's career list.

CONSISTENT

The Magic have used the same starting lineup in 28 straight games, going back to Jan. 23. To put that in some perspective, since Jan. 23 the Heat have used eight different starting lineups.

PECULIAR

The Heat are now 2-2 in jersey-retirement games. They won when retiring jerseys for Shaquille O'Neal and Tim Hardaway, but lost when hoisting one for Alonzo Mourning - also against Orlando, and also in the 74th Heat game of the season, just like Tuesday night.

UP NEXT

Magic: Visit Detroit on Thursday.

Heat: Host Dallas on Thursday.

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Key Players
N. Vucevic
9 C
H. Whiteside
21 C
23.9 Min. Per Game 23.9
12.3 Pts. Per Game 12.3
0.8 Ast. Per Game 0.8
11.6 Reb. Per Game 11.6
52.0 Field Goal % 55.5
51.9 Three Point % 55.2
79.0 Free Throw % 45.3
  Defensive rebound by Dwyane Wade 0:02
  Michael Carter-Williams missed 2nd of 2 free throws 0:05
  ORL team rebound 0:05
  Michael Carter-Williams missed 1st of 2 free throws 0:05
  Personal foul on Goran Dragic 0:05
  Dion Waiters missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:06
+ 1 D.J. Augustin made 1st of 2 free throws 0:19
  Personal foul on Dion Waiters 0:19
+ 3 Dion Waiters made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Josh Richardson 0:22
  Aaron Gordon missed 2nd of 2 free throws 0:31
  Personal foul on Kelly Olynyk 0:31
Team Stats
Points 104 99
Field Goals 37-89 (41.6%) 36-86 (41.9%)
3-Pointers 14-42 (33.3%) 10-33 (30.3%)
Free Throws 16-23 (69.6%) 17-21 (81.0%)
Total Rebounds 62 51
Offensive 15 6
Defensive 40 33
Team 7 12
Assists 27 25
Steals 5 10
Blocks 5 1
Turnovers 15 11
Fouls 19 22
Technicals 0 0
24 PTS, 16 REB, 5 AST
22 PTS, 7 REB, 7 AST
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away team logo Magic 37-38 18243428104
home team logo Heat 36-38 3219192999
Team Stats
away team logo Magic 37-38 92.0 PPG 43.4 RPG 19.0 APG
home team logo Heat 36-38 PPG RPG APG
Key Players
N. Vucevic C 20.8 PPG 12.0 RPG 3.8 APG 51.8 FG%
D. Waiters SG 12.0 PPG 2.6 RPG 2.8 APG 41.4 FG%
Top Scorers
N. Vucevic C 24 PTS 16 REB 5 AST
D. Waiters SG 26 PTS 1 REB 2 AST
41.6 FG% 41.9
33.3 3PT FG% 30.3
69.6 FT% 81.0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
N. Vucevic 24 16 5 10/18 2/5 2/2 2 34 1 1 2 3 13 +21 50
J. Isaac 19 6 2 8/13 3/8 0/0 2 28 1 2 2 1 5 +10 30
D. Augustin 17 4 7 3/11 2/6 9/10 3 30 0 0 2 1 3 +10 33
A. Gordon 14 10 2 6/17 1/4 1/2 2 36 1 0 2 4 6 -3 27
E. Fournier 11 4 3 4/9 2/6 1/1 3 32 1 0 3 0 4 +6 19
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
N. Vucevic 24 16 5 10/18 2/5 2/2 2 34 1 1 2 3 13 +21 50
J. Isaac 19 6 2 8/13 3/8 0/0 2 28 1 2 2 1 5 +10 30
D. Augustin 17 4 7 3/11 2/6 9/10 3 30 0 0 2 1 3 +10 33
A. Gordon 14 10 2 6/17 1/4 1/2 2 36 1 0 2 4 6 -3 27
E. Fournier 11 4 3 4/9 2/6 1/1 3 32 1 0 3 0 4 +6 19
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
T. Ross 10 4 1 3/13 3/11 1/2 2 30 1 1 1 0 4 +1 17
K. Birch 6 3 1 2/2 0/0 2/4 1 12 0 0 1 3 0 -13 10
M. Carter-Williams 3 6 6 1/5 1/2 0/2 0 18 0 1 2 2 4 -8 20
W. Iwundu 0 2 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 4 15 0 0 0 1 1 +1 2
T. Mozgov - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Grant - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Jefferson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Caupain - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Martin - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Briscoe - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Frazier - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Fultz - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Bamba - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 104 55 27 37/89 14/42 16/23 19 235 5 5 15 15 40 +25 208
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
D. Waiters 26 1 2 10/18 5/11 1/1 4 28 1 0 0 0 1 -11 32
J. Richardson 17 1 6 4/12 3/9 6/6 2 40 1 0 0 0 1 +3 31
D. Jones Jr. 9 7 0 4/7 0/0 1/3 0 27 0 1 0 2 5 -7 17
B. Adebayo 9 11 3 4/9 0/0 1/2 3 30 2 0 1 3 8 +2 27
K. Olynyk 4 3 1 1/7 0/5 2/2 2 22 0 0 2 1 2 -7 7
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
D. Waiters 26 1 2 10/18 5/11 1/1 4 28 1 0 0 0 1 -11 32
J. Richardson 17 1 6 4/12 3/9 6/6 2 40 1 0 0 0 1 +3 31
D. Jones Jr. 9 7 0 4/7 0/0 1/3 0 27 0 1 0 2 5 -7 17
B. Adebayo 9 11 3 4/9 0/0 1/2 3 30 2 0 1 3 8 +2 27
K. Olynyk 4 3 1 1/7 0/5 2/2 2 22 0 0 2 1 2 -7 7
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
D. Wade 22 7 7 7/17 2/5 6/7 3 29 3 0 3 0 7 +1 43
H. Whiteside 10 2 0 5/6 0/0 0/0 3 14 2 0 3 0 2 -5 11
G. Dragic 2 0 3 1/6 0/2 0/0 4 25 0 0 2 0 0 +1 6
J. Johnson 0 7 3 0/4 0/1 0/0 1 21 1 0 0 0 7 -2 14
R. Anderson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. McGruder - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Winslow - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Y. Maten - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Robinson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
U. Haslem - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 99 39 25 36/86 10/33 17/21 22 236 10 1 11 6 33 -25 188