This time Josh Richardson opened 0 for 8 and Wade 1 of 6.
That was all well and good until Gordon, 1 of 8 in the first half, began to regain his stride in the third quarter -- and just kept on going.
The result was the Magic turning what had been an eight-point deficit into an 76-62 lead going into the fourth quarter, after the 12-point third period by the Heat, outscored by 18 over the 12 minutes.
"Hopefully the next time you're in a situation like this you learn from it," Wade said. "We've got to go out there and figure out a way to play our game."
2. Kelly O: Spoelstra then went in the fourth quarter with an all-reserve lineup of Bam Adebayo, Olynyk, Winslow, Tyler Johnson and Wade.
Olynyk, who had stood 0 for 4 on 3-pointers then drained three in a row to help the Heat close within 81-75.
Going into the game, Richardson noted. "The good thing about having the bench like we have is that they can get you back in the game or they can keep you up in the game."
Adebayo's boost was pronounced, arguably the most energetic Heat player throughout.
What the Heat needed, though, was energy and scoring.
3. Getting closer: The Heat not only had Tyler Johnson and Derrick Jones Jr. back from their injury absences, but Dion Waiters this time watched from the bench, perhaps a sign of something to follow, yet to play since January ankle surgery.
Tyler Johnson had missed the previous six games with a strained right hamstring. Jones had missed the previous two games with a hamstring strain of his own.
In addition, Rodney McGruder, who had been questionable due to the ankle sprain sustained in Sunday's victory over the Utah Jazz, was back and again in the starting lineup.
Meanwhile, Goran Dragic missed his eighth consecutive game with a swollen right knee.
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4. No lob stars: For as much as the play can provide a change of pace, and for as much as Hassan Whiteside and Adebayo have shown the ability to corral such passes, alley-oop lobs are starting to become problematic for the Heat in their frequency and inaccuracy.
McGruder has reached the point where just about every drive is either a floater or a lob, often left to rely on the former when the latter isn't there.
The Heat closed with 16 turnovers that led to 23 Orlando points.
5. Red flag: Red it was again, with the Heat ditching the black neon "Vice Nights" uniforms for a third consecutive game.
The Heat had gone 0-6 in Vice Nights. They entered on a two-game winning streak in red. The court remained in Vice Nights motif. As did the opening player introductions.