Playing their second game of a back-to-back, the defending NBA champion Miami Heat (9-3) had no trouble closing out the Orlando Magic (4-7) on route to a convincing 120-92 victory at Amway Center Wednesday night.
Miami only had a 54-49 lead at halftime, but they'd go on to outscore the Magic 36-22 in the third quarter to really put this one away.
The three-point shooting of both teams was fantastic. Miami hit a scorching 15-of-24 from behind the arc, while Orlando was just as effective, shooting 15-of-29, with seven of those coming from Aaron Afflalo (30 points and two assists).
Victor Oladipo, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2013 NBA draft, made his first start of the season. He would finish 20 points, four rebounds and five steals, but he did turn the ball over eight times.
With this victory, Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra now has a career record of 269-137, moving him past legendary coach Red Auerbach for fifth all-time. Only Phil Jackson, Gregg Popovich, Billy Cunningham and K.C. Jones have better percentages.
These two teams will meet again on Saturday night.
Final Score: Miami Heat 120, Orlando Magic 92