MIAMI, Feb. 26 (Ticker) -- With Shaquille O'Neal relegated to street clothes with a sprained knee, Dwyane Wade emerged as the Miami Heat's one-man show.

Wade scored 14 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter as the Heat won the opener of a home-and-home series with the Orlando Magic, 101-98, to extend their home winning streak to eight games.

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Despite picking up his fifth foul with 7:10 remaining, Wade excelled down the stretch, scoring eight of Miami's final 10 points. He buried two free throws to give the Heat a 97-95 lead with 34 seconds left and grabbed a rebound following a miss by Orlando's Steve Francis moments later, leading to two more successful free throws.

"I love the pressure," Wade said. "If the ball comes to me, I want to be able to make things happen. I focus a lot more and want the opportunity to make a difference in a close game like that."

It marked the 10th time this season that Wade scored in double figures in the fourth quarter. In the two games since O'Neal's injury, Wade has averaged 31.5 points.

In a role more suitable to the 7-1 O'Neal, Wade blocked a shot by Francis with 11 seconds left, helping Miami maintain its 99-95 lead.

"I was surprised that Dwyane was able to come over and block that shot," Francis said. "It was a good defensive play."

Miami coach Stan Van Gundy said Wade's overall effort was all the more significant considering his foul situation.

"For him to be able to get into the flow, even though he was on the bench at a key point in that fourth quarter, was terrific," Van Gundy said. "He made plays for us at both ends of the court."

Orlando coach Johnny Davis admitted that the Magic had no answer for Wade's crunch-time performance.

"We tried a number of things to keep him under control, but he still hit jump shots on us," Davis said. "It was a game where he certainly asserted himself down the stretch."

Hedo Turkoglu's 3-pointer brought Orlando within 99-98 with 1.1 seconds to go, but Rasual Butler hit two free throws moments later to yield Miami's final margin.

Miami trailed, 81-80, with just over six minutes remaining and Wade on the bench when Keyon Dooling scored the next two baskets, including an electrifying dunk.

"You have to attack the rim and go strong," said Dooling, who scored all six of his points in the fourth quarter. "It was important to me because it came at a crucial time in the game and sparked us to victory."

Dooling's performance drew high marks from Van Gundy.

"One of the things that was different for Keyon tonight was that when Dwyane went out in the fourth quarter, we ran the same sets with Keyon out there and he made the plays," Van Gundy said. "He gave us a huge lift."

Eddie Jones scored 15 points and Damon Jones added 14 and five assists for the Heat, who improved to 12-0 against Southeast Division opponents. Miami has gone 28-6 against teams from the Eastern Conference en route to a 41-16 mark overall.

All-Star Grant Hill scored 28 points -- 14 in each half -- for the Magic, who scored the first six points but trailed 46-40 at halftime. Orlando led by as many as eight points early but lost for the sixth time in its last nine games.

The Magic have dropped both meetings with the Heat this season after splitting two preseason matchups. Without O'Neal, Miami posted a 95-89 preseason win on Oct. 15, but lost 109-103 less than two weeks later despite 24 points in 33 minutes from the All-Star center.

"We played them in the preseason without Shaq," Hill said. "They're a different team but still a very good team."

Francis, who did not record his first field goal until there was 5:37 left in the third quarter, scored 12 of his 16 points in the second half. Despite entering with a 21.6 scoring average, Francis has managed just 28 points over his last three games combined.

The Magic, who have lost 21 of 31 road meetings with the Heat, will host Miami on Sunday.