With his team beset by injuries and with rookie DeQuan Jones playing well in practice, Orlando Magic coach Jacque Vaughn employed a new starting lineup against the Miami Heat on Monday.

Vaughn started Ish Smith at point guard, Arron Afflalo at shooting guard, Jones at small forward, Andrew Nicholson at power forward and Nik Vucevic at center.

It was the Magic's 12th different starting lineup in 31 games this season.

The big surprise wasn't that point guard Jameer Nelson sat out his second straight game with a left hip injury, or that combo guard E'Twaun Moore missed his second consecutive game with a left elbow sprain. Instead, the surprise was that Jones started in place of fellow rookie Maurice Harkless, who had started 20 consecutive games.

"[It was] a coach's decision in the sense that D.J.'s been doing an excellent job in practice, and I always will reward that," Vaughn said. "He's done his early work, his extra work. His attitude's been great."

Jones scored the first basket of the game on an emphatic dunk on a drive down the lane. He finished with six points on 2-of-6 shooting and one rebound in almost 24 minutes. He also began the game defending against LeBron James.

Jones smiled when he was told of Vaughn's comments about his practice habits.

"It makes me feel good," Jones said. "It shows that I have a coach that recognizes that and is willing to reward it. That's why I'm here. That's who I am. Every day, I'm going to give that effort."

Say what?
The sound of pro wrestler Ric Flair's "Woooo!" blared from Amway Center's loudspeakers with 4 minutes, 7 seconds remaining in the first quarter.

A 3-pointer by J.J. Redick seconds earlier triggered it.

Redick recently added Flair's catchphrase to his celebration for made 3s, yelling "Woooo!" as he outstretches three fingers on each hand and brings them toward his hips.

Magic officials then decided to add the "Woooo!" sound to their library of game-night noises.

So why did Redick draw from Flair?

"The craziest thing is, I'm not a wrestling fan," Redick recently explained. "I never was. I wasn't even allowed to watch it. I didn't even know who Ric Flair was. We had a student assistant when I was in high school, and he was the biggest wrestling fan. And when we would do free throws at the end, he would always do this thing where he would go, 'Woooo!' And I never understood it. For like three years, I'm like, 'What is this?' Finally, my senior year, someone explained the Ric Flair thing to me.

"Actually, Josh McRoberts is a huge Ric Flair fan, and he makes me watch YouTube clips. If you've ever seen any of Ric Flair's greatest quotes on YouTube, they're worth the search."

Layups
• Power forward/center Gustavo Ayón didn't play because of a right thigh contusion.

• Philadelphia Phillies pitcher and former Cy Young Award winner Roy Halladay attended the game. Halladay and his children took part in the pregame intro ceremony.

• Former Tampa Bay Rays outfielder B.J. Upton, now with the Atlanta Braves, attended the game, Magic officials said.

• The announced crowd of 19,311 constituted a franchise attendance record.

• Injured power forward Glen Davis wished fans a happy new year just before tipoff. Standing at midcourt, Davis was given a microphone and spoke on the arena's public-address system. Teams across the league are wishing their fans a happy new year.

jbrobbins@tribune.com