Arron Afflalo did his best to keep the Magic close by scoring 20 of his game-high 30 points in the first half. A week after making a career-best eight 3-pointers in a defeat of Milwaukee, Afflalo drilled seven of nine tries from beyond the 3-point arc on Wednesday. So far this season, Afflalo is shooting 54.1 percent (33 of 61) from 3-point range.

``I thought initially I would be able to attack because their style of defense puts you on your heels a little bit, but I made my mind up to attack that situation,’’ Afflalo said. ``I had some turnovers in the beginning, so I just took what the defense gave me. I had a lot of open threes and Jameer (Nelson) and Mo (Harkless) were doing a good job of penetrating and I was staying ready to shoot.’’

Miami was without Dwyane Wade, who didn’t play for a second consecutive night because of lingering soreness in his surgically repaired knee. Wade has missed three games this season, but is expected to return by Saturday.



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