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ORLANDO, Fla. -- Rashard Lewis didnt join the Miami Heat last season with any illusions of expecting to log the minutes he did earlier in his career. That doesnt mean the veteran forward isnt capable of contributing quality minutes when the Heat need them. Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh each had 20 points, and Lewis added 18 points in just his second start of the season as the Miami Heat rallied to beat the Orlando Magic 110-94 Saturday night. "Were a veteran team and Im used to it after playing last year. You just have to be mentally ready to go when your name is called upon," Lewis said. "With the type of team we have you might play 20 minutes and you might play 5 minutes. Youve just got to be ready." Lewis started in place of Shane Battier, who sat out to rest a sore quadriceps. He gave quality minutes all night, hitting three 3-pointers. He also had eight points during a third-quarter run, before the Heats big three then caught fire in the fourth to secure the victory. LeBron James had 15 points, eight rebounds and eight assists. The Heat won their eighth straight over the Magic. It was also Miamis 22nd consecutive divisional victory, leaving it just one win short of tying Bostons NBA record of 23 set in 1961. Miami kept its streak going despite James 5-for-13 shooting night. Wade has been pacing himself recently in back-to-back games, but started Saturday. Miami hosts Toronto on Sunday. The Raptors are one of the leagues hottest teams, winning five straight and eight of their last 10. They currently lead the Atlantic Division. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said its something theyre aware of, but nothing theyll put too much emphasis on. "Weve been noticing," Spoelstra said. "Theyve been playing very good basketball. We mentioned that about the Eastern Conference. It is way too premature to figure out where teams are. There are teams that have higher ceilings, and theyre one of them." The Magic were without starting centre Nik Vucevic, who missed his second straight game with a sprained left ankle. But they managed to stay in the game by spacing the floor and getting some easy layups. They fell apart down the stretch, though, as Miami began to rack up points inside. Jameer Nelson led Orlando with 21 points and Tobias Harris added 17 points and 10 rebounds. The Magic lost their third straight. "They got out in transition and Im always talking about how offence helps your defence, and we couldnt get anything going," Magic coach Jacque Vaughn said. The Magic tried to adjust to Vucevics absence by shifting Glen Davis to centre and inserting Andrew Nicholson in to start at power forward. Nicholson played only six minutes, but was pulled in the first quarter and didnt return. While Nicholson struggled defensively, Davis took advantage of Battiers absence and had a lot of early success inside to keep the Magic in it. The Magic clung to a 57-54 lead early in the third quarter before a layup by James ignited a 19-2 Heat run that put Miami back in front 73-59. Lewis had six points during the run, including a four-point play. The Magic never got closer than nine in the fourth quarter. Arron Afflalo, the Magics leading scorer, said he hopes a five-game road trip -- which begins on Monday -- can help him break out of a recent shooting slump. He has shot under 40 per cent in each of the Magics last three games. "Its getting back to that point again, we just want to win," he said. "Regardless of any and everything, each and every night, whether its this or that -- we just want to win." Bosh said hes excited about his latest matchup against the Raptors. "This is going to be a huge game for them," he said. "We know they have a lot of confidence and have had some big games and big wins on the road. ... 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However, the Wild righted themselves at home by taking Game 3 by a 4-0 count before knotting the series at two games apiece with Fridays 4-2 triumph at Xcel Energy Center.HOUSTON – Expect the Blue Jays three most prominent injured players to return at different times, likely this month, with Brett Lawrie at the front of the line. “Its good news hes playing,” said manager John Gibbons. “He beat the other two guys. I thought it would be the opposite.” Lawrie played second base for Single-A Dunedin on Friday night. In four plate appearances, he went 1-for-3 with a single, a walk, two runs scored and two strikeouts. As has been the case for the entirety of the season, Lawrie wont have a strict positional home as he works his way back to the big leagues. “(Saturday) hell play third and then hell go back to second. Well play him both spots,” said Gibbons. Lawrie suffered a fractured right index finger when he was hit in the hand by a Johnny Cueto pitch on June 22 in Cincinnati. His return to game action comes just shy of six weeks since the incident and hell need ample time to get his offensive timing back. Dont expect to see Lawrie for the early part of the next homestand, Gibbons cautioned. “Last year we brought him back a couple of times without allowing a lot of playing time down there and he suffered for it, especially that first go around,” said Gibbons. “I would say its at least a week (in the minor leagues).” Meanwhile, Gibbons said Adam Lind (fractured right foot) could begin his minor league rehabilitation assignment early next week. As for Edwin Encarnacion (strained right quadriceps), Gibbons said, “Eddies making progress but hes not close at the moment.” DICKEY ON THE DEADLINE R.A. Dickey agreed to a trade to Toronto in December, 2012, with the assurance the Blue Jays were fully vested in competing for World Series championships. He was measured in his comments to TSN.ca when approached on the clubs silence as Thursdays trade deadline came and went. “I think I was a little bit surprised. I think a few of us thought that we were going to get something done,” said Dickey. “Surprise doesnt necessarily mean disappointed but at the same time any helps always welcome. You think about it from the angle that you fought hard without a lot of the players that you really feel like make your best team up and youve kept it close and youre right there. A little help probably wouldnt have hurt. At the same you look around the locker room and youve got guys whove stepped up admirably.” Dickey was intrigued by the number of deals involving high-profile big leaguers being moved for other major league talent. Boston and Oakland hooked up on a deal that saw Jon Lester join the Athletics, with Yoenis Cespedes moving east.ddddddddddddTampa Bay, Detroit and Seattle swung a three-way deal that landed David Price with the Tigers, Austin Jackson with the Mariners and Drew Smyly with the Rays. The Jays decided not to be players; that or they couldnt be players, in smaller deals like the moves the Yankees pulled off for infielders Stephen Drew and Martin Prado. “Everybody has a different opinion and thats okay,” said Dickey. “Some guys are probably more aggravated than others and some guys feel like its not as big a deal as other guys. I feel like if we pitch well were going to be in it. Thats all it comes down to; if we pitch well were going to have a shot at it. We werent really in the market for a pitcher anyway so from my standpoint its just a matter of trying to execute, trying to get our guys to be consistent in the rotation and being able to hand the ball off late in the game.” GOINS PLAYING FOR TODAY Ryan Goins looks like a different offensive player since his recall from Buffalo on July 22. In 10 games entering Fridays play, he was hitting .324 and just as importantly, hitting balls hard on a more consistent basis. He credits a clear mind. “If youre thinking about your mechanics while youre in the box, these pitchers are good enough that theyre going to get you out a lot of the time,” said Goins. “I went to Buffalo and just said Im going to go to the box with a clear mind every at-bat. Thats what Ive been doing.” The message when he was sent back to Buffalo on April 28, having hit .150 to that point, was not to mope. He went about his business for almost three months, hitting .285/.331/.344 for the Bisons, before coming back to Toronto. With the Blue Jays expecting the return of injured players Brett Lawrie, Adam Lind and Edwin Encarnacion at different times this month, Goins knows his spot on the club isnt a sure thing. He has options, meaning he can be returned to Buffalo without first being exposed to irrevocable waivers, and is therefore a likely candidate to be sent down. If that happens, expect Goins to return when rosters expand to 40 players in September. “You cant look forward,” said Goins. “I just take it day to day coming here. Its a true statement. Guys told me in Triple-A, the older guys, once you think youre in, youre out and once you think youre out, youre in. You never really know, day to day what its going to be. 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